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New Scientist Online 2021

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New Scientist is a world leading science and technology media brand, delivering trusted, award-winning journalism since 1956. New Scientist covers the latest news and discoveries and puts those findings in context to explore the possibilities and consequences. Subscriptions to www.newscientist.com, a weekly science and technology news magazine.

Key Facts


  • Unlimited Access to newscientist.com
  • Browse over 90,000 articles in the searchable digital archive
  • Preferential Pricing for sites subscribing through the Chest Agreement
  • Three-year Agreement
  • Access is to current editions and the archive back to 1989

Important Dates

Agreement start: 1 October 2021

Agreement end: 30 September 2024

Subsequent invoice date: 1 July 2022 & 1 July 2023


From 1 May 2020:

  • Zero rate VAT applies to New Scientist Online

Commitment Period

This Agreement is of three year duration. Institutions may join the agreement at any time during the agreement period. They will then be committed to the end of the Agreement Period.

Licence type

Site licence.

Eligible Institutions

Universities, colleges and other learning, educational and research bodies in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Other organisations aligned with Chest’s charitable objectives of supporting education, research bodies and the public sector may ask to participate in the Agreement. Chest will liaise with the Supplier about any such requests.

Background Information

This continues the successful agreement which has been in place since 2007. which was negotiated in response to over 30 requests from Higher and Further Education institutions.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Owner: New Scientist Ltd, registered in England and Wales (company number 10644366), whose registered office is 10 Snow Hill, London, EC1A 2AL.

Product Description

New Scientist website is an important reference tool which gives users instant access to relevant and up-to-date science and technology content. This continually expanding library of news, analysis, facts and figures covers a large variety of science subjects including: life sciences, physics, chemistry, earth, environment, astronomy, space, maths and technology.

A subscription includes access to all editions published during the Chest Agreement plus access to all archived editions published between and including 1989 and the beginning of the Chest Agreement.

Newscientist.com readership

Core territories are the English-speaking world, but global business leaders, and cutting edge technologists and scientists access the website in every country.

It’s fantastic being able to read articles back into the 1990s, and the use of links from text within the body of articles makes it fun to explore and read further* - Enthusiast reader

Extremely informative both for academics and people with no scientific background* – Scientist reader

A good site to access archived articles* – Student reader

*source – NPS survey, January 2016

Access and Identity Management Solution

OpenAthens Yes*
IP Address range Yes
Shibboleth No
Username / Password No

* New link: https://www.newscientist.com/openathens-connection 

Technical Function Specification

Technical Function



Full text linking



Federated searching

Z39.50 protocol







RSS or Atom


Metadata standards

Dublin Core






Months embargo period


Digital preservation







Usage statistics

(available by contacting the publisher)






Web Content Accessibility Guidelines


Personalisation features


Service levels


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


New content is added weekly.  


All additions and new functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge.

Service and Support

Login information


Technical Support

Support will be provided by New Scientist via a single contract or a deputy at the institution. In the first instance however please bring your request to:

Chest will take your issue to New Scientist Ltd on your behalf.

If you do wish to contact the provider directly, please find the details below.

Terms and Conditions

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions, and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment shown.

Licence Type

This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources.

Payment Terms

On receipt of a completed Order, Institutions will be invoiced for the Agreement year in which the Licence is signed.

In subsequent years, Institutions will be invoiced three months in advance of the anniversary date of the Agreement, on 1 July.

There is monthly, pro-rata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to Jisc, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB to cover all charges plus VAT.

All terms contained in a PO are expressly rejected and do not form part of the Licence or vary the Licence terms in any way.

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

What are institutions and library services allowed to do?

Keep a local cached copy for Educational Purposes


Incorporation of parts of the Licensed Material


Deposit learning and teaching objects in repositories


Interlibrary loan


Who can use the resource?


On site

Remote access







Walk-in users



Alumni members



What can authorised users do?

The resources can be used for Educational Purposes – defined as:

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


  • See the Licence for any exclusions and restrictions
  • The resources may not be used for anything other than Educational Purposes unless the Licence Extension for Commercial Projects has been bought; this allows use for the restricted “Commercial Projects” defined – see Annex B of the Licence (Licence Extension for Commercial Projects)
  • Downloading of large amounts of material by authorised users that might be considered ‘systematic’.

Termination Clauses

There are no rights to retain access to any content post cancellation.

The Fee for early termination in accordance with clause 10.4 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil.

The Fee for retention rights upon termination in accordance with clause 10.5 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement.

Products and Pricing

Currency: All prices are in GBP

VAT: From 1 May 2020:

  • Zero rate VAT applies to New Scientist Online

There is monthly, pro-rata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.  The institution will then be committed until the end of the Agreement period (30/09/2024)


The below table shows the price per year dependant on your institutions Jisc band (see Jisc Banding).

Please use the filters below to make your selection


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