The division fosters the sharing of expertise in science informatics, information technology, and librarianship to ensure members benefit from the experience of others and are able to improve the dissemination and utilization of scientific information. We do this through innovative, high quality programming, education, career mentoring, collaboration and outreach, and recognition of excellence.


The ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF) is committed to promoting the generation of, access to, and use of the world's knowledge base in chemistry and the related sciences.


Your job and your location may change several times during the span of your professional career. The most constant element of your career will be your professional society. The CINF Division of the American Chemical Society can assist you with:

  • Education and training to keep you at the top of your profession

  • Resources for your day-to-day work

  • Opportunities to contribute to your profession

  • A natural support group to celebrate the highs and to help you through the lows of your career

CINF has been a career resource for its members since 1943. Make CINF the professional society for your career.


CINF organizes symposia, receptions, and luncheons at ACS national meetings for members to network and discuss the latest topics in Chemical Information. Generated by members, recent symposia have focused on chemical nomenclature, skills for student success, data visualization, drug discovery, natural language processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, open-source tools, and more. CINF members are also active in international organizations such as the Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust, Research Data Alliance (RDA), IUPAC, and the InChI Trust.


The Chemical Information Bulletin (CIB) is published on the CINF website and contains news, notes, interviews, book reviews among other subjects. It also publishes the abstracts of Divisional symposia presentations before each National ACS meeting, and a post-meeting news roundup.


CINF co-sponsors the Chemical Information Discussion List, CHMINF-L. With an archive dating back to 1991, CHMINF-L gives you quick access to a virtual reference desk that is staffed with some of the best chemistry librarians, information specialists and chemists. For more information, visit:

The Division periodically sponsors free webinars on topics of interest to the chemical information community. These can be found at the ACS Webinars page.

Finally, you also get all the benefits of being a member of the American Chemical Society! See the full list of benefits at


CINF recognizes excellence in outstanding contributions to both the CINF Division and to the field of Chemical Information in general with the following awards:

For Students:

  • The CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence is designed to reward graduate and postdoctoral students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence, and to foster their involvement in CINF.

  • The Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship is awarded to students interested in the fields of chemistry and information to pursue graduate study in library, information or computer science.

For Professionals:

  • The Herman Skolnik Award recognizes outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science

  • The Val Metanomski Meritorious Service Award recognizes outstanding service to the Division

  • The CINF Lifetime Award recognizes long term membership and outstanding service and active contributions to the Division over the years.


As with all volunteer organizations, there is no better way to make the most of CINF than to jump in and get involved! Whether you want to learn a new skill to add to your resume, or show off your existing talent, CINF has volunteer opportunities for everyone: helping with symposia, putting together publications, keeping our organizational house in order, and planning fun events. To volunteer, visit our website and contact any of the officers.

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  • Membership dues:

  • ACS Member - $15

  • ACS Affiliate - $20

  • CINF Division Affiliate - $20

  • ACS Student - FREE

  • ACS Emeritus - FREE

  • ACS Retired - $8

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