With the publication of Thin-Layer Chromatography for Binding Media Analysis, the Getty Conservation Institute introduces a new series of books specifically directed to the professional community of conservation scientists. As its name implies, the Scientific Tools for Conservation series will provide practical, hands-on scientific procedures and methodologies for the practice of conservation. The series is designed to be of use to conservation scientists, conservators, and technical experts in related fields such as archaeology, art history, and site management. Future volumes will provide information on the use of infrared spectroscopy, photography in conservation, inert atmospheres, and microscopy.

Scientific Tools for Conservation takes its place alongside two other series of books from the GCI Scientific Program: Research in Conservation and GCI Scientific Program Reports. The former presents the findings of research conducted by the GCI and its individual and institutional research partners, as well as state-of-the-art reviews of conservation literature. Stone Conservation: An Overview of Current Research by C. A. Price (1995) and Accelerated Aging: Photochemical and Thermal Aspects by Robert L. Feller (1994) are the most recent volumes in the Research in Conservation series.

The third series, the GCI Scientific Program Reports, includes the most current research being conducted or contracted by the GCI. New on the list this season is a volume of topical importance, Survey of Damage to Historic Adobe Buildings after the January 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Other recent volumes include Research Abstracts of the Scientific Program, edited by James R. Druzik (1994); The Feasibility of Using Modified Atmospheres to Control Insect Pests in Museums by Michael K. Rust and Janice M. Kennedy (1993); and Principles of Experimental Design for Art Conservation Research by Terry J. Reedy and Chandra L. Reedy (1993).