American Chemical Society Legacy Archives: perpetual access period

  • Start: 1 Aug 2013
    Expiry: 31 Jul 2113
  • Description:

    The American Chemical Society is the world's largest not-for-profit scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals, and scientific conferences. We purchased the ACS Legacy Archives to provide institutions free access to the complete backfiles of 22 journals published by the American Chemical Society between 1879 and 1995.

Product overview

The ACS Legacy Archives are available free of charge in perpetuity to UK higher and further education institutions and Research Councils. The archives contain all titles, volumes, issues, and articles published by the American Chemical Society from 1879 to 1995. There are 22 journals, 11,117 issues, and 464,233 articles.

Titles include some of the most highly-cited journals in the field, such as Chemical Reviews, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and the Journal of Organic Chemistry.

The collection contains some of the most influential research in the fields of chemistry and related sciences such as biological and medicinal chemistry, polymer science and materials science. Articles are available as pdfs and include high resolution scans of all figures and graphs.

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