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Press Release May 05, 2010

Scientific American's archive to 1948 is now available online

Nature Publishing Group is proud to introduce Scientific American’s online archive for institutional customers on at The Scientific American online archive contains the complete collection of Scientific American from May 1948 to December 2005.

The second half of the twentieth century bore witness to revolutionary developments in science and technology that have shaped the world we live in today. Containing over 650 issues and more than 20,000 articles, the Scientific American online archive offers readers an insight into social and scientific trends throughout this period.  Online users can search through every issue of Scientific American back to May 1948.

Scientific American’s online archive reveals a wealth of treasure from the magazine’s history. Gems include a 1954 article prophetically entitled "Computers in Business," the landmark 1988 single-topic issue “What Science Knows About AIDS” featuring contributors Robert C. Gallo and Luc Montagnier, the co-discoverers of HIV, and policy pieces including the 1990 Al Gore essay, “A New Initiative to Save the Planet.”

Site license access to Scientific American’s online archive can be purchased as two collections: Scientific American archive: 1948-1992 (528 issues and approximately 15,640 articles) and Scientific American archive: 1993-2005 (156 issues and approximately 4,680 articles). Collections contain content from Scientific American, Scientific American Mind beginning with its premier issue in January 2004, plus all Special Issues. The articles are available as PDFs.

The introduction of the archive follows the 2009 launch of Scientific American site license access on The Scientific American archive is an integrated part of the platform. All users can browse the online archive via The archive is searchable by keyword, author, article title or DOI for refined results. Alternatively, users can also browse by year and issue.


Site license access to Scientific American available on (press release 28 October 2009)

About Scientific American

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