Frequently Asked Questions
Who can join ACS?
Chemistry is foundational to all that we do and all that impacts us in the world. From enthusiasts, to students, to professionals, and beyond, there is a package for you.
Are there requirements to be a member?
The Basic Package is available to anyone with an interest in chemistry. There are no degree or other requirements. This package gives you a limited set of benefits at no cost and is an easy way to connect, engage, and learn with one of the largest, most prestigious scientific associations in the world.
The Standard and Premium Packages are available to existing or prospective members that have a degree, certification, or significant work history in a STEM field, or as a teacher of chemical science. The Premium Package is also available for people whose occupation directly concerns the practice of a chemical science but do not meet degree or work history requirements.
I am a current member, what will happen when my package is up for renewal?
On January 1, 2022, all current members will be automatically assigned to the Premium Package. This package is identical to the existing offering, so your benefits will remain unchanged and your experience and access will be uninterrupted. As Members come up for their renewals for the 2022 term, they will be able to choose and receive the lower rate. Those who joined as a part of our “Community Member” pilot in 2020 or 2021 will be assigned the Basic Package.
Can I change my package?
You may change your package during your renewal.
If you decide not to remain a paying Member, you will be automatically transitioned to Associate status with the Basic Package.
What if I am currently receiving a discount or waiver?
All discounts and waivers will stay the same in 2022 if your eligibility has not changed.
What is C&EN?
Published weekly by ACS since 1923, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Magazine is the world's most comprehensive and authoritative source of news about chemistry and related fields. Our journalists are based in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and chemists recognize us for our breaking-news coverage and award-winning features. With our suite of digital offerings, you can now get our chemistry news anytime, anywhere.
How will I receive C&EN Magazine if I select the Premium Package?
Regular, Retired, and Emeritus Members who select the Premium Package have the option of digital access or print delivery of C&EN Magazine. There is a surcharge for international print delivery.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students selecting the Premium Package receive digital access to C&EN Magazine.
What is the difference between digital C&EN Magazine and C&EN Essential Newsletter?
The Standard Package automatically includes a digital-only delivery of C&EN and is identical to the print version of the magazine except digitally delivered to your inbox. Less paper and no need for a physical address.
The C&EN Essential Newsletter, included in the Basic Package, is a lighter version of the C&EN content with access to fewer articles. This keeps you up to date with the top articles each week.
Is there a discount for international members?
ACS offers discounts for some countries outside the United States. This discount is shown at check out, if applicable. Renewing members will see this discount in their renewal offer, if applicable.
What is the member recognition program?
This program rewards members who have the Standard or Premium Package for designated years of service with the Society. Years 1-10, 15, and 25 are celebrated with a gift.
Why doesn’t my most recent renewal notice reflect the new discounted dues rate?
The new dues rate goes into effect for any renewals with an expire of December 31, 2021 and beyond. If your expire date is prior to this date, you are renewing for the 2021 year and with the 2021 approved dues rate. When you receive your renewal for 2022, it will reflect the new reduced dues prices and package options.
I just paid $175.00 for my dues, can I get a refund of $15.00 for my overpayment?
The new dues rate goes into effect for any renewals with an expire of December 31, 2021 and beyond. If your expire date is prior to this date, you have renewed for the 2021 year and with the 2021 approved dues rate. No refund will be given for the difference in dues pricing from year to year. When you receive your renewal for 2022, it will reflect the new reduced dues prices and package options.
If I am unable to, or choose to delay paying my renewal prior to my membership expire date, what are my options?
If your payment has not been applied to your membership renewal by the date of your expire, and that expire occurs in 2022, you will automatically be transitioned to our Basic Package as a Community Associates at no cost. At any time after that transition, you may upgrade to a Standard or Premium package and pay the appropriate dues in effect at that time to start a new membership term.
Do Retired, Emeritus, and 50-year members receive any sort of additional registration discount for ACS Meetings?
Yes. In recognition for their years of continued service, Retired and Emeritus Members will continue to receive reduced meeting registration fees. Additionally, 50-year members of ACS will continue to be able to register for ACS Meetings at no cost.