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Scientific American, May 5, 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

Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science and technology in the general media. Together with and 14 local language editions around the world it reaches more than nine million readers. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany. Scientific American is published by Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.

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