The fifth 1996 edition of "Euroabstracts", providing information and abstracts of RTD-related publications from the European Community has been published. Section I contains a number of articles outlining RTD publications from Member States, international organizations and from third countries such as the USA, Japan, Israel and Australia. In the "EC briefing", a number of major issues currently being discussed in the Community are covered, including the development of the Fifth RTD Framework Programme, the changing role of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), collaboration with scientists from Central and Eastern Europe and R&D in the regions. The major article in this issue is concerned with policy reform in the EU, aimed at meeting environmental commitments. Research and development for SMEs is also covered, with lessons in best practice for SME participation in cooperative projects. Section II includes abstracts of over 300 recent Community publications on research, science and technology, covering a wide range of subjects, including: earth sciences; engineering and technology; energy; life sciences; materials; mathematics; computers and telecommunications; nuclear science and engineering and physics.