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RSC Gold
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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a learned society in the United Kingdom with the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences". They publish a variety of scientific journals across all fields of chemical research. They have generously offered the use of 100 accounts to access all of the electronic resources available through RSC Gold ([1]), which include ebooks and journals. All initial accounts will be issued for a full year. The donation is part of the RSC's Wikimedian in Residence project; here is their announcement.


  • You are an active Editor on chemistry-related subjects (chemicals, chemist biographies, company histories, etc)
  • You have an account that is a minimum of 6 months old
  • You have a minimum of 500 edits to the encyclopedia
  • You have your preferences enabled to receive email messages on English Wikipedia or any other Wikimedia project; (see Special:Preferences)
  • You are willing to disclose your real name and your email address (necessary for RSC Gold account setup) to the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • You do not already have free access to RSC Gold through another avenue
  • You have made at least 10 edits to Wikimedia projects in the last month
  • You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia


Account recipients are chosen based on signup date and content contribution to chemistry-related articles.
Approved editors may
  • Search, view, retrieve, and display portions of restricted content
  • Electronically save portions of restricted content
  • Print out single copies of portions of restricted content
  • Comply with any terms and conditions which appear on the particular pages of the RSC website they are accessing
Approved editors will not
  • Share their account logins or passwords with others, or sell their access to other parties
  • Mass scrape or mass download RSC content
  • Systematically make printed or electronic copies of multiple extracts of restricted content available for any purpose
  • Process data or datamine metadata without permission, in order, for instance, to use metadata for auto-created stub articles
  • Display any copyrighted images or pictures which are in RSC works without permission of the RSC
Private and confidential information
  • You will need to have a confirmed email address to participate. By applying, you understand and agree that your name and email address may be shared with representatives of the Wikimedia Foundation, The Wikipedia Library, and the RSC. While Wikipedia Library coordinators are volunteers (not employees or contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation or RSC), they have signed confidentiality agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation with regards to the personal information they may handle for the Wikipedia Library.

Private and confidential information


  • Editors should always provide original citation information in addition to linking to RSC Gold resources.
  • Editors should not provide bare links to restricted RSC Gold pages
  • Note (subscription required) in the citation, where appropriate
  • Respect the copyright of RSC Gold, in accordance with Wikipedia's copyright policy and their terms of use
  • Make efforts to provide full citation information in line with the citation examples provided below, or with the examples provided by RSC Gold, where possible
Note that citation styles vary by article, and using every parameter in the example is not a requirement of access; editors can use the style most appropriate to the articles or projects they are working on.


<ref>{{Cite journal |last1=Shorter |first1=J. |year=1978 |title=The conversion of ammonium cyanate into urea—a saga in reaction mechanisms |journal=[[Chemical Society Reviews]] |volume=7 |issue=1 |pages=1-14 |publisher=[[Royal Society of Chemistry]] |jstor= |doi=10.1039/CS9780700001 |url=!divAbstract |format= |accessdate=26 November 2014 |subscription=yes}}</ref>

Further participation

You can help The Wikipedia Library share this partnership:

  • Add {{Wikipedia:RSC Gold/Userbox}} to your user boxes. This helps us share our project with other experienced users.
RSC GoldThis user has access to RSC Gold through The Wikipedia Library
  • Add your ORCID identifier to your user page; see WP:ORCID
  • TWL is interested in having guest bloggers. Guest blogging gives the opportunity for both The Wikipedia Library and RSC to profile our partnership, and it gives the guest bloggers a new platform to share their editing experience with others (which is good for the Wikimedia community).