American Chemical Society

American Chemical Society

Infobox Organization
name = American Chemical Society

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headquarters = Washington, DC
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membership = 160,000
language = English
leader_title = President
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The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Founded in 1876 at New York University, the ACS currently has over 160,000 members at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields.

The ACS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The ACS holds national meetings twice a year covering the complete field of chemistry, plus dozens of smaller conferences in specific fields. Its publications division produces several scholarly journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The primary source of income of the ACS is the Chemical Abstracts Service and its publications. Chemical & Engineering News is the weekly news magazine published by the American Chemical Society and sent to all members. The ACS membership is organized into 189 geographical Local Sections and 33 Technical Divisions.

The group holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code.


The American Chemical Society had it origins in a small group of 35 chemists that met on April 6, 1876, at the University Building in the present day New York University. [ [ The American Chemical Society ] ] Although at that time there was an American science society (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the growth of chemistry prompted those assembled, including William H. Nichols, under the direction of Professor Charles F. Chandler of the Columbia School of Mines, to found the American Chemical Society. The society, Chandler said, would “prove a powerful and healthy stimulus to original research, … would awaken and develop much talent now wasting in isolation, … [bring] members of the association into closer union, and ensure a better appreciation of our science and its students on the part of the general public.”

A formal vote for organization was taken, a constitution was adopted, and officers were selected. Chandler was an obvious choice as president since he had been instrumental in establishing the society, however, he felt that New York University Professor John William Draper had the reputation as a scientist to lead a national organization. At the age of 65, Draper was elected as the first president of the American Chemical Society and the headquarters was located in New York. Draper’s presidency was important more due to his name and reputation than his active participation in the society.

Educational activities

The American Chemical Society sponsors the United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO), a contest used to select the four-member team that represents the United States at the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). The ACS [ Division of Chemical Education] provides standardized tests for various subfields of chemistry. The two most commonly-used tests are the undergraduate-level tests for general and organic chemistry. Each of these tests consists of 70 multiple-choice questions, and gives students 120 minutes to complete the exam.

The American Chemical Society grants membership to undergraduates as student affiliates. Any university may start its own chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) and receive benefits of undergraduate participation in regional conferences and discounts on ACS publications.

PubChem controversy

Since the inception of National Center for Biotechnology Information's open access PubChem chemical compound database initiative, ACS has actively lobbied NCBI and its supervising agencies to stop the database development effort. ACS markets its own subscription- and pay-based Chemical Abstracts Service. In a May 23, 2005, press release, the ACS stated:

:"The ACS believes strongly that the Federal Government should not seek to become a taxpayer supported publisher. By collecting, organizing, and disseminating small molecule information whose creation it has not funded and which duplicates CAS services, NIH has started ominously, down the path to unfettered scientific publishing..."

The journal "Nature" reported that ACS had hired a public relations firm, Dezenhall Resources, to try and halt the open access movement. [] "Scientific American" later reported that ACS had spent over $200,000 to hire Wexler & Walker Public Policy Association to lobby against open access. []

Journals and magazines

*Accounts of Chemical Research
*ACS Chemical Biology
*ACS Nano
*Analytical Chemistry
*Bioconjugate Chemistry
*Biotechnology Progress — Copublished with the Am. Inst. of Chem. Engineers
*Chemical & Engineering News
*Chemical Research in Toxicology
*Chemical Reviews
*Chemistry of Materials
*Crystal Growth & Design
*Energy & Fuels
*Environmental Science & Technology
*Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
*Inorganic Chemistry
*Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
*Journal of the American Chemical Society
*Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data
*Journal of Chemical Education
*Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (formerly Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences)
*Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
*Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry
*Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
*Journal of Natural Products—Copublished with the Am. Soc. of Pharmacognosy
*Journal of Organic Chemistry
*Journal of Physical Chemistry A
*Journal of Physical Chemistry B
*The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
*Journal of Proteome Research
*Molecular Pharmaceutics
*Nano Letters
*Organic Letters
*Organic Process Research & Development

ee also

* ACS style - the ACS citation standard.
* Association for Learned and Professional Society Publishers
* Chemists Celebrate Earth Day


External links

* [ ACS website]
* [ ACS Publications website]
* [ Chemical & Engineering News]
* [ ACS Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)]
* [ A Cauldron Bubbles: PubChem and the American Chemical Society ("Information Today", June 2005)]
* [ ACS Chemical Biology WIKI]
* [ ACS Chemical Biology Community]

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