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Editorial content

How do I become an ICIS editorial contact and why should I think about it? 

ICIS relies on market contacts to obtain complete and accurate information about the commodity markets it covers. Sources that provide relevant and accurate market data are central to a robust and reliable price discovery process. 

ICIS editors work hard to verify information about market conditions. The larger the number of sources we have, the more accurate our reports are. Please see the ICIS Data Standards Policy for more information.  

If you would like to have your view of market conditions reflected by our editors, please use the email contact details in the report to get in touch with us.

How does ICIS gather information? 

ICIS price quotations are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors. To find out more about how ICIS gathers information, click here.

Where can I find the product methodology? 

Direct links to an individual commodity are available from the reports channel. 

Alternatively, you can visit our compliance site for the full suite of methodology documents which are searchable by commodity here.

Where can I see the ICIS methodology consultations? 

View the next ICIS methodology consultations here.

Publishing schedule and corrections

How often is price data updated? 

ICIS pricing reports are published throughout the week with the vast majority published on Friday. Some are published on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and a select few are published daily. ICIS pricing reports are generally written on the day of publication.

Where can I find the publishing schedule? 

Schedules for our Price and Energy reports as well as ICIS Chemical Business are available here

Data

How can I use ICIS data? 

For details refer to section 8. ‘Use of the Products’ from our terms and conditions.

What exchange rates does ICIS use? 

ICIS uses exchange rates from different providers.  

For currency conversions of chemical prices the XE.com exchange rates are used.  

For conversions of forward-looking price assessments related to energy commodities such as gas, LNG, coal and power, the future exchange rates are used as provided by Bloomberg.

Contract Price Settlement

When will the contract price settle?

The date the contract price will settle is not something we can guarantee as this is market dependent.

We can advise an estimate when we expect the contract prices to settle based on trends and the time of the month that it settled previously.

Europe aromatics and Olefins will usually be settled around the first of the month.

Polymers and Solvents will usually be settled around the third week of the month.

A great way to keep up to date with contract prices is to set up price alerts to ensure that you do not miss when the contract price settles. Advice on setting up price alerts can be found here.