ASTM International Archive

1 January 2016 -31 December 2018 Print

Purchase the ASTM Archived Content Package containing over 47,000 peer-reviewed papers, e-books and chapters from the ASTM published from 1932 up to December 2009.

Key Facts


  • Savings of up to 50% over previous agreement

Important Dates

Agreement start date: 1 January 2016
Agreement end date: 31 December 2018

Licences are for a period of 3 years from the start date of the licence.

Eligible Institutions

Universities and colleges in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Background Information

This agreement extends the previous agreement with Content Online.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Owner: ASTM International

Supplier: Content Online Limited

Product Description

ASTM International Archive

ASTM Archived Content Package contains over 47,000 peer-reviewed papers, e-books and chapters. Renowned internationally for its standards development, ASTM has been publishing these technical papers and books for over 75 years. This package of ASTM eBooks, Journals and Technical Papers begins with the first paper published in 1932 and everything published up to December 2009

These are seminal reference publications that provide:

  • Critical insight on the need for a standard as well as the technology and research that led to its development,
  • Hand-on guidance on the proper application and interpretation of a standard,
  • First-hand accounts of user experiences and their opinions on improvements and future needs.

There are three main collections of publications in the Archived Content Package:

Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings/STPs (Special Technical Publications)

Over 30,000 STPs included. Each year, hundreds of technical experts present and publish papers reflecting their research and insight on the need for new standards. These papers undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure scholarly content and technical accuracy.

Journals Library

14,000+ peer-reviewed papers are available from ASTM’s world-renowned journals including: Geotechnical Testing Journal, Journal of Testing and Evaluation; Journal of ASTM International Backfile 2004-2012; Journal of Forensic Sciences (JOFS) Backfile 1972-2005; Journal of Cement, Concrete, and Aggregates (CCA) Backfile 1979-2004; Journal of Composites Technology and Research (JCTR) Backfile1978-2003; and two new journals: Advances in Civil Engineering Materials(ACEM) and Materials Performance and Characterization (MPC).

Manuals, Monographs and Data Series

Get practical, hands-on application information (Manuals) or advanced and highly technical information (Monographs) from highly-regarded experts in their respective fields. The ASTM Data Series cover specific applications, contain compiled data, and usually include explanatory text.

Access and Identity Management Solution


OpenAthens (SAML)


Shibboleth (SAML)


IP address range Yes
Username / Password


Technical Function Specification

The supplier confirms that throughout the term of the agreement the products will comply with the standards indicated.

Key: Yes Available, No Not available, £ additional cost, N/A – Not applicable

Technical Function



Supplier Notes

Full text linking



DOIs reference linking via CrossRef

Federated searching

Z39.50 protocol


Compliant with various discover services(including Summon & EDS)








RSS or Atom



Metadata standards

Dublin Core





Available from OCLC




Months embargo period



No embargo periods on the journals included

Digital preservation










Usage statistics








Web Content Accessibility Guidelines



Personalisation features



Service levels

ASTM shall use reasonable efforts to make online access available on a continuous basis. Availability will be subject to periodic interruption and downtime for server maintenance, software installation or testing, loading new files, and reasons beyond the control of ASTM. ASTM does not guarantee access, and will not be liable for damages or refunds if the Product becomes unavailable temporarily, or if access becomes slow or incomplete due to system back-up procedures, Internet traffic volume, upgrades, overload of requests to servers, general network failures or delays, or any other cause that may from time to time make the Product unavailable for the Licensee or Licensee’s Authorized Users.


Content is fixed from 1932 – 2009 inclusive. No further updates are available.


All new platform functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge.

Pricing and Ordering


Pricing is restricted to eligible institutions. If you cannot see the pricing then please contact

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Pricing in US$.

Price exclude VAT.

Payment Terms

On receipt of an order and licence Institutions will be invoiced for the one off fee.

There is no monthly pro-rata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.

All Purchase Orders must be made out to Eduserv and Eduserv's invoices must be paid within 30 calendar days of the date of the invoice.

Agreement Period

Start date: 1 January 2016 End date: 31 December 2018

Institution Commitment Period

Institutions may join the agreement at any time during the agreement period.

How to Order

One copy of the Order Form is required. When completed the form should be returned using one of the following methods:

  1. As a PDF by email to
  2. By fax to +44 (0) 1225 474301
  3. By post to:

    Royal Mead
    Railway Place
    BA1 1SR

Licence Information

Licence Type

This agreement is under ASTM Subscription License Agreement with the exception of the laws of England & Wales applying to the licence.

All parties are working towards putting the agreement under the standard Chest agreement as soon as possible.

What institutions and library services are allowed to do?

Yes Allowed No Not Allowed

Keep a local cached copy for Educational Purposes No 
Incorporation of parts of the Licensed Material Yes
Deposit of learning and teaching objects in repositories Yes
Interlibrary loan   Yes

Who can use the resource?

The resources are licensed for all Authorised Users, defined as Students, Staff and Walk-in Users.

Yes Allowed No Not Allowed £ Allowed at additional cost

  On site Remote
Yes  Yes
Yes Yes
Walk-in Users
Alumni members £ £

Refer to our Student Access Decision Maker for further clarifications, and remember that the information provided in this overview is for general guidance only; it is important that you read the Licence Terms in full.

What can authorised users do?

The resources can be used for Educational Purposes:

  • education
  • teaching 
  • distance learning
  • private study 
  • academic research 
  • administration and management of the Licensee’s educational or research operations 

Termination Clauses

Archive Rights

The entire archive 1932 – 2009 is retained (subject to a platform fee being paid) this complements the 3 year subscription licence in which a licensed site retains right to everything published during that thirty six month period.

Personal Licences

Personal Licences are not available under this Agreement.

Service and Support


Each Institution is offered a one-time option of obtaining pre-subscription free trial access to the Products for a period of thirty days at any time during the term of the agreement subject to availability. A trial includes the rights to twenty-five downloads; Please apply to Eduserv providing IP address range.

Login Information

ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library.

Technical Support

Support will be provided via a single contact or his/her deputy at each Institution. Contact details:

Product Documentation

Comprehensive help files are included on the ASTM Subscriptions page.

Copying of hardcopy and electronic documentation is permitted. 

Training and Training Materials

Introduction to ASTM

Product Demonstration on youtube.

Get in touch

0300 121 0878

Chest Agreement General

Calls to 0300 numbers are charged at the same rate as calls to normal home or business landlines.

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ASTM Archive, 1932 to 2009

  • Content Online Ltd and Eduserv have worked with ASTM to create this new Archive Purchase option for academic institutions. Pricing and licence terms have been designed with the academic community in mind.

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Library Liaison Officer, School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Loughborough University