The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have entered into an agreement that will provide access to chemistry journals at Canadian universities without a download-based model

In 2012, the ACS proposed changing its pricing model to one that is based upon the number of downloads at each institution. This potentially would have driven the prices for journal access far beyond the economic reach of many university libraries. Last October, the CRKN, which negotiates journal usage fees on behalf of Canadian universities, signed a two-year agreement allowing Canadian universities to maintain access to 36 core ACS titles and its historical archive. The license also applies to the Journal of Chemical Education and Chemical & Engineering News.