ACS by the Numbers

The American Chemical Society achieved some significant milestones in 2010. We are pleased to present a summary of some of the highlights from the year, submitted by the ACS operating units and organized around the Society’s six strategic goals. These selected accomplishments were achieved through a robust partnership of American Chemical Society members, governance and staff, often in partnership with other organizations. Go to to download the complete PDF.


ACS membership in 1910.

163,000 +:

ACS membership as of Dec. 31, 2010.

32,000 +

Combined attendance at 2010 ACS National Meetings in San Francisco and Boston.

20,000 +

Number of papers submitted for those ACS National Meetings.


Presentations posted online after 2010 ACS National Meetings.


Unique visitors who viewed those presentations online.


Number of scientists inducted into the 2010 class of ACS Fellows during the Boston National Meeting.


Job seekers who participated in ACS Career Fairs at those national meetings and in the ACS Virtual Career Fair online.


Number of employers recruiting applicants.


Job opportunities available.


Number of people who enrolled in ACS Leadership Development courses in 2010.

56.2 million

Chemical substances in CAS REGISTRY at the end of 2010.

62 million

Sequences in CAS REGISTRY at the end of 2010.

30 million

CAS’ collection of searchable single- and multi-step reactions from 1840 to the present.

1.3 million

Indexed records added to CAplus in 2010.


Countries where SciFinder® is used.


Number of peer-reviewed articles published in ACS Journals in 2010.

More than 71 million

Journal articles downloaded by researchers from the ACS Web Editions Platform in 2010.


Number of subject categories in which ACS Journals rank #1 in total citations and/or ISI Impact Factor™ as reported in the 2009 Journal Citation Reports™ from Thomson Reuters.


Total number of ACS Petroleum Research Fund grants awarded in 2010.

$11 million

Funding allocated for those grants.


Number of ACS PRF grantees who have received the Nobel Prize.


Number of 2010 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry – Ei-ichi Negishi and Richard F.Heck – whose work is supported by the ACS PRF.


Number of ACS members who became ACS Chemistry Ambassadors.


Percentage of ACS peer-reviewed journals that received news coverage in 2010.

1,000 +

Estimated number of print, electronic and social media news items issued by ACS in 2010.

3.1 billion

Average potential worldwide audience per month for those news items.

300,000 +

Downloads of ACS podcasts in 2010.


ACS-chartered high school chemistry clubs in 2010.


Percentage increase in the number of ACS-chartered chemistry clubs from 2009 to 2010.


Medals won – two gold, one silver and one bronze – by the American team at the 42nd International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Tokyo, Japan. It was the best performance by an American team since 2002.


Academic institutions worldwide that received a 20 percent boost in their concurrent CAS “user seats” in summer 2010, at no additional cost. Allocation of another 500 seats began in February 2011 and will continue as capacity becomes available.


Registrants who participated in ACS Webinars in 2010.


Estimated crowd at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in October. ACS was recognized as a “Perfect Festival Partner” by event organizers.


Bachelor’s degrees earned by students in ACS-approved chemistry programs in 2008-09, an all-time high.


Doctorates earned by students in ACS-approved chemistry programs during that same time span.


Number of economically disadvantaged high school students who participated in Project SEED in 2010, a record for the 42-year-old program.


Years since ACS inaugurated the ACS Scholars program.


Number of students from underrepresented backgrounds who have participated in ACS Scholars in that time.


Number who have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in a chemical science.


Number of ACS Scholars who have earned Ph.Ds.


Members of the ACS Network, the premier online forum for chemists and other scientists to communicate and build professional connections.


ACS members who participate in the Legislative Action Network.


Messages sent by ACS members to Congress and other public policy makers in support of science issues through the Legislative Action Network.


Number of ACS Local Section Government Affairs Committees.


Science & the Congress briefings conducted on Capitol Hill and elsewhere to educate lawmakers and their staff about science issues.


The number of participants at those Science & the Congress briefings, including 431 U.S. House and Senate staff members.