Scientific societies were founded to foster communication among their members. As we move into the era of enhanced electronic communication, the research community is seeking to make the exchange of information among scientists faster and better, at reasonable cost. The Internet offers a wide variety of possibilities for accomplishing this goal.
We must avail ourselves of the extraordinary new possibilities offered by the Internet, but without compromising the high standards of the refereed research journals. The Astronomical Society's experience with electronic publishing offers some guidance.