Frequently asked questions

Find out answers to common questions, if you can't find what you're looking for, send us an email.


How do I search?

You can search through all our events, resources and articles by using the box to the top right of any page. Keywords predictions will appear as you type and the adjacent drop down allows you to restrict searches to teaching resources or Education in Chemistry articles.

Can't find what you're looking for? As standard, each space is treated as an 'or', as such it can be useful to use quotation marks to enforce words/phrases. For example,  "ethanoic acid"  specifically returns this acid over others. Also, consider prefixing terms with "-" to exclude them. For example  scale -pH  returns any scales but the pH scale.

Please note that this search excludes navigation pages such as those listed under the menu bar. In this case, please contact us if you can't find the information you are looking for, or alternatively use a search engine restricted to, for example "teach chemistry" benefits .

What are my account options?

We offer two different account types. Both are free, but Teach Chemistry members must be associated with a school, college or institution in the UK or Ireland. Teach Chemistry membership brings many additional benefits including features and support not available with our standard account.

Anyone can register for a standard account, which gives unlimited access to all our articles and resources, as well as core features such as email alerts, commenting and bookmarks.

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Where are my account settings?

The account features and settings are found at the top right hand side of any page, hover over your name to bring up a list of quick link actions. All account management options are handily listed on the "My account" page, including:

  • change your public profile – adding a profile picture or other bio information strengthens our sense of community
  • view and delete bookmarks – bookmarks make it easy to find articles/resources, even on a different computer
  • share your details – information which helps us tailor the content we show you (not publicly available)
  • update your communication preferences – opt in (or out) of third party and/or wider RSC communications
  • choose my alerts – stay updated with our various email communications

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How do I change a rating or remove a comment?

The displayed rating is an average of the individual responses, it is not possible to change your rating. If you have posted a comment by mistake, or wish to change what you have written, please contact us with details of which article and comment you would like moderating.

Why do I see personalised adverts?

Adverts generate revenue for the Royal Society of Chemistry, which we reinvest in our charitable activities. Adverts either come from companies that have paid us directly to display them, or through a system called Google AdSense.

AdSense is a network that contains adverts supplied by hundreds of thousands of companies. Each company tells Google the conditions for when their advert should be shown to a person. For example, a shopping website will sometimes ask for their adverts to be shown to people who have just purchased something from their website. AdSense can target adverts in this way by using cookies and similar technologies. Use these links to find out more about how Google displays adverts and to control the adverts from Google that you see.

Teach Chemistry

What is Teach Chemistry?

Teach Chemistry is our free support service for those who work in secondary schools, colleges or other academic institutions in the UK or Ireland. It has many benefits, find out more about what it has to offer.

How do I change my school?

You can change your registered school using this form.

How do I find out who my lead contact is?

You can find out who your lead contact is by emailing us.

How do I stop my Teach Chemistry membership?

You can cancel your Teach Chemistry membership, and return to a standard account, by using this form and selecting "no school".

Lead contacts

How do I find out about my lead contact responsibilities?

Our lead contact page details all you need to know about managing your school's Teach Chemistry membership, primarily promoting the service and validating/removing colleagues.

Sharing and linking

Can I link to RSC Education articles and resources?

Yes! To provide the best possible user experience, we recommend adhering to the following guidelines when linking to the RSC Education website:

  • If you've got a specific page in mind, link to that rather than the homepage. Nobody likes searching unnecessarily. Guide people to the relevant content by linking to it directly.
  • If you're linking to a page with downloadable materials, link to the page rather than a download. Context is king. Help us make sure people don't miss important supporting information or related resources.
  • Tell people where they're heading. Don't let it be a surprise. When creating links, use relevant 'anchor text' – that's the bit users click – so people know what they're going to get.