FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 08, 2010

American Chemical Society launches C&EN Archives online

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2010 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) today launched a new resource that gives students, journalists, scientists, libraries and others instant access to more than eight decades of content from its popular weekly newsmagazine, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). Called C&EN Archives, it includes more than 500,000 pages of content from 85+ years of C&EN. It is available at

C&EN Archives constitutes an unparalled chronicle of the chemical enterprise — and the multiple other scientific disciplines that involve chemistry. At its initial launch, C&EN Archives includes content from 1923 through 2009. In early 2011, content from 2010 will also be added. C&EN Archives is fully searchable and accessible via the same user-friendly platform that enables readers to peruse their current electronic editions of ACS’ suite of 38 peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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“We’re tremendously excited about the launch of C&EN Archives,” says Rudy M. Baum, editor-in-chief of C&EN. “Since its debut in 1923 as the News Edition of the ACS journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, C&EN has been devoted to providing its readers with news, events, and trends in the entire chemistry enterprise — industry, academe, government, and ACS itself — in a timely, balanced, and accurate fashion. C&EN Archives makes that entire record — more than 500,000 pages of quality journalism — available to the chemistry community, historians of science, and anyone who is interested in the development of science and technology in the 20th and 21st Centuries.”

C&EN Archives will be valuable for scientists, engineers, business professionals, government policymakers, faculty and students in a wide range of fields, from chemistry and medicine to environmental studies and business, Baum notes. They all can draw upon C&EN’s authoritative news reporting, commentary, and analysis covering both the triumphs and the failures of the past in order to make better, more informed decisions today, Baum adds.

C&EN Archives includes both quick search and advanced search options using keywords, authors, dates, and article titles. A browse-by-issue functionality enables readers to view the table of contents of each issue, with the option to go to the next or previous issue with a single click. Or users can browse a cover gallery to find the issue they need. In addition, a free abstract view provides a quick overview of the article, displaying the first 150 words.

With its all-new, high-quality, high-resolution images of the original articles, C&EN Archives brings history to life, Baum says Readers have the ability to print, save, and share content.

Since 1923, C&EN has served the global chemical sciences community as the most trusted source for the latest developments, perspectives, and information on chemistry and chemistry-related sciences, Baum pointed out. C&EN Archives offers instant access to more than 85 years of news and analysis of the chemical enterprise, enabling students and researchers to access and view content from a scientific, industrial, and commercial context.

C&EN Archives includes:

  • World chemical news
  • Breakthroughs in research
  • Technological advances
  • Business developments
  • Government news and policy
  • Career and education trends
  • Analysis, opinions, and perspectives
  • ACS history and milestones
  • Product advertisements and announcements

The online resource is available to institutions via an annual leased subscription or one-time payment option, complementing institutional subscriptions to C&EN Online. Additional years of content will be added to C&EN Archives on a rolling basis. A special Charter Subscription is available for a limited time. Librarians and information specialists should contact their ACS Representative.


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