Selection Criteria for Patents and Articles

2/1/2006

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A common question by prospective and active subscribers is what is the basis of selecting patents and articles.

Selection is not an exact science.  It requires judgment about  the subscriber interests as well as the selector's particular bias.  Selection is only based on content and no judgment is made about the validity or value of the item.  That is left up to the reader.

There are two types of selection criteria, basic items and technology items.

The basic items refer to scientific fundamental articles and technology items.  Basic refers to fundamental polymer related articles and Technology refers to some technical sector such as Plastics, Coatings. Packaging and Composites.

The basic items are straightforward but the technology items are more difficult.  The primary focus of Maro is on polymers.  Most technology areas have items far removed from polymers.  If Maro knows a subscriber is in a particular technology, Maro attempts cover that area fully even if many items are not polymer related. Some subscribers are in coatings, so coatings are covered as completely as possible.  There is another subscriber in paper so paper technology is covered as completely as possible. 

For this reason, it is important subscriber let Maro know their interests.  If possible, Maro will try to cover that area as thoroughly as possible. If Maro doesn;t know a subscriber's particlar interest, it may not be covered well.

 Below are the present operational selection criteria as of the above date.

Please study this to see if your interests are adequately covered.  If not an email to cornelrrd@bee.net may improve the selection process.  If Maro can't cover the items you will be notified.

If there are sources missing, also please let Maro know.  We are always looking to improve our coverage and would appreciate any help along that line.

Recently, with the expansion of coverage to include article titles, being more selective is necessary to enable as complete processing the information, i.e. including the titles in the permanent Topic collections.  The result is a trimming back coverage to that of know subscribers.  As this is done, Maro is relying on input from subscribers to direct the development of criteria.  For example, recently Maro has begun cutting back on Carbon items including diamond, coal, fullerenes, graphite and carbon micro-tubules even though they are especially interesting to myself.  If this is an area of interest to a subscriber and they tell Maro, that area can be restored.  If not, the change will stand for now.

Basic Search Critieria

Polymers
In general this is straightforward except in the area of inorganic materials as well as carbon materials.  Any inorganic materials described as a polymer will be included.  Carbon is one of those boundary areas that is controversial.  I. personally, like this area especially fullerenes and diamond-like materials.  However, in the interest of efficiency this area is being dropped for now.  This coverage includes anything in the basic science of polymers and Maro's objective is to be as complete as possible.

Technology

Plastics

2/1/2006: Most of our subscribers are in this area.  Therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible including polymerization, compounding and processing.

Adhesives

2/1/2006: Some of our subscribers are in this area.  Therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible

Automotive

2/1/2006: This area is questionable and under review.   If there is anyone out there who wants complete Automotive coverage, please let Maro know.

Biochemistry

2/1/2006: This area is not being covered; if there is someone with an interest, please let Maro know.

Carbon Materials

2/7/2006: Carbon Materials have long been a favorite of mind, including diamond, fullerenes and microtubules. As far as I can tell, there aren't any subscribers at this time interested in clothing,  Therefore, This will be down graded until a request for coverage is made by a subscriber.

Clothing

2/7/2006: For some time clothing has been growing. This includes helments, gloves, diapers and so on.  As far as I can tell, there aren't any subscribers at this time interested in clothing,  Therefore, This will be down graded until a request for coverage is made by a subscriber.

Coatings

2/1/2006: Some of our subscribers are in this area.  Therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible.

Composites

2/1/2006: Some of our subscribers are in this area.  Therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible.

Compounding

2/1/2006: This area is fundamental to Plastics.  Therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible.

Ink

2/1/2006: This area is not being covered; if there is someone with an interest, please let Maro know.

Medical

2/23/2006: After reviewing the subscriber lists, there does not seem to anyone in medical materials.  On that basis, this area will be reduced unless someone requests medical coverage.

2/1/2006: This area is questionable and under review.   If there is anyone out there who wants complete medical coverage, please let Maro know.

Packaging

2/1/2006: Some of our subscribers are in this area.  Therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible.

Paper

2/1/2006: Some of our subscribers are in this area.  Therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible.

Resists

2/1/2006: This area is not being covered; if there is someone with an interest, please let Maro know.

Rubber

2/1/2006: This area is so closely related to Plastics,   therefore, this area is covered as completely as possible.

Tires

2/23/2006:  As far as I can tell, there are not any subscribers interested in tires.  So as of now tires will not be covered unless someone request tire coverage.

2/1/2006: Some our subscribers in the past were  in this area.  This area is under consideration and may be dropped unless a subscriber asks for it.

Roger D. Corneliussen
Editor
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