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ACS Industry Insider

Frequently Asked Questions

The ACS Industry Insider is a monthly newsletter that is available for five different industries. Each newsletter provides free access to exclusive ACS content, like journal articles and book chapters, that would otherwise require a subscription to read. The links inside each of the newsletters unlock the content.

Just visit the ACS Publications Preference Center or the Industry Insider sign up page.

We provide exclusive access to content roughly aligned with the following industries:

  • Agriculture, Food & Environment
  • Biotechnology and Pharma
  • Education
  • Electronics (including related physical chemistry)
  • Energy & Transportation
  • Materials Science

The ACS Industry Insider newsletters are sent via email, typically on the first day of each month in the morning (EST).

Unless you are at a subscribing institution, the only way to access the full-text of the content is by clicking on the links provided in the email newsletters.

The links provided inside each newsletter will unlock content for the duration of the month in which the email was sent. So, if you receive your email on October 1, the links will work until October 31 of that same month.

We still encourage you to sign up. The Insider is a great way to stay connected with top discoveries in your industry. As an added advantage, you can read these articles from your cell phone without authenticating through your company or university. This service is intended to be fast, informative, and simple.

It is also worth noting that very few organizations have access to everything we publish (journals, books, and news), so you are almost certain to find something of value that you would not be able to access otherwise.

Regular content supplied in the newsletters is selected from ACS journals, ACS eBook chapters, and C&EN articles. You’ll also get early access to specialty content like white papers, case studies, and posters.

Not unless your organization is a subscriber to all of the ACS publications featured. When we select content for the Insiders, we look for content that is not freely available by some other mechanism—such as open access, although we do highlight an open access article every month as well.

Yes: by signing up for or receiving the newsletter or by accessing the content, you agree to the ACS Free to Read License. This means you don’t own the content, it is not for non-commercial purposes, you can’t modify it, you can’t warehouse it, you can’t make derivative works, you can’t sell it, you can’t post your link online, and so forth.

Please do! The best way is to refer your friends to the Industry Insider sign up page and let them select their own industries of interest. We don’t recommend forwarding your email. We monitor our platform for abuse and excessive access via the links in your email could flag your address as being compromised. When that happens, your access may be shut off. Please note that downloading content to share is prohibited by the terms of use.

The ACS Editorial team assists in selecting the content. They are very close to current trends in each industry because they are exposed to the hundreds of thousands of manuscripts submitted to ACS each year. When selecting content, we may consider: an author’s reputation or “rock star” status, an article’s demand or readership, the importance of a topic, current events, and effectiveness of the writing. We show some preference for articles that cross multiple disciplines or feature “out of the box” thinking. For example, an article that solves a problem in electronics by modeling a biological system.

Congratulations on your exceptional work! And thank you for trusting the ACS with your investment. Being featured in an Industry Insider won’t hurt you at all; in fact, it can help get you and your work a lot of exposure. Exposure leads to citations and more citations elevate your “rock star” status. Want more exposure? Consider publishing your article open access. You can even retroactively make your articles open, increasing your readership and exposure.

Each Industry Insider provides exclusive access to 5 articles. The links in the email are the only way you can access these articles. The links remain open for one month.

There is no cost to sign up for the Industry Insider.

You can sign up for all five if you’d like. Each one will provide exclusive access to different content. There will be little or no overlap in content. This means that if you sign up for all of them, you’ll get exclusive access to as many as 300 articles per year.

No. Use of free content does not impact your fees in any way.