American Chemical Society


    The American Chemical Society is a US-based, "congressionally chartered independent membership organization that represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry."  Members are in academia, government and industry, and from medicine, engineering, agriculture, and related chemical and pharamaceutical businesses and industries.  

    The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is a division of the American Chemical Society that indexes and abstracts a large portion of the world’s chemical information and literature.  CAS has created and maintains key collections, databases and indexes; produces and distributes tools and interfaces for managing and analyzing chemical related information; and provides an array of services to those in the field of chemistry. 

    CAS database products serve a variety of scientific disciplines, including biomedical, chemical, materials, and agricultural sciences and engineering. Most users of those products are in academia, the chemical industries and government agencies.

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    1155 Sixteenth Street
    Washington, DC 20036
    United States

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    Mission Statement

    Since 2007, the American Chemical Society mission has been “to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”

    According to its 1937 congressional charter, the purpose of the American Chemical Society is "to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of chemistry in all its branches; the promotion of research in chemical science and industry; the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of chemists through high standards of professional ethics, education, and attainments; the increase and diffusion of chemical knowledge; and by its meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers,
    discussions, and publications, to promote scientific interests and inquiry, thereby fostering public welfare and education, aiding the development of our country’s industries, and adding to the material prosperity and happiness of our people."

    For a history of the American Chemical Society and its Chemical Abstracts Service, see:

    Shively, Eric. “CAS Surveys Its First 100 Years” Chemical and Engineering News special issue:

    [1] Brnyko, Barbara. "CAS turns 100," Information Today Feb 2007 <>


    The Society was incorporated by Public Act 358, passed by the 75th Congress, 1st Session, and approved August 25, 1937. 

    Governance: Board / Owners / Parent organization

    According to the ACS Constitution, the Board of Directors is composed of the President, the President-Elect, the most recent Past President (all ex officios), six District Directors, one elected from each of six geographical Districts (as provided in the Bylaws), and six Directors-at-Large,  The Executive Director is a non-voting ex officio member of the Board of Directors.

    The ACS consitution, bylaws and charter documents are posted at:…;


    Access to ACS databases is by subscription only.  Pricing is not published or disclosed.

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