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Annual Site Licensing Fees

An American Scientist Online site license allows institutions to provide users with  24-hour access to all content published in American Scientist magazine. The contents of the site include both the current issue and an archive of back issues, as well as other related content. They are fully searchable, and full-text search results can be viewed and printed by the user.

Download the American Scientist Institutional Site Licensing Agreement Form.

Universities, Colleges and Academic Research Institutions

Full-time equivalents:

  • 5,000 or fewer: $275
  • 5,001 – 30,000: $375
  • 30,001 or more: $575

Public Libraries, High Schools and Not-for-Profits

  • Flat annual fee: $275

Corporations, Other For-Profits and Government Agencies

Full-time equivalents:

  • 5,000 or fewer: $375
  • 5,001 - 30,000: $825
  • 30,001 or more: $1,175

All prices listed above include an institutional print subscription to American Scientist magazine.

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