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SPIE Digital Library adds new interactive tools for researchers

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 14 July 2008 - Optics and photonics researchers have new book-marking and blogger-friendly tools available as a result of enhancements launched recently in a major redesign of abstract pages in the SPIE Digital Library.

New features allow bloggers to capture a preformatted citation containing embedded code and plug it directly into their blogs, without any re-keying. Users can take advantage of social book-marking opportunities, which allow them to store and access bookmarks from any computer and to use tags to organize the bookmarks. Book-marking sites currently supported include Connotea, citeulike, del.icio.us, and BibSonomy. In addition, a Research Toolkit is available where researchers can discover and connect with valuable online workflow tools such as zotero and Google Notebook. An erratum alert option has also been added to enable readers to be informed about future updates to an article.

"The redesign of our abstract pages represents an enhancement in both form and function," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "Readability and navigation have been improved, but the main change is the addition of tools that allow users greater flexibility in conducting their research."

Driven by customer feedback and Web 2.0 trends, SPIE promoted and collaborated with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) in developing the enhancements. AIP hosts the SPIE Digital Library on its Scitation® platform.

The new enhancements also provide:

  • Access to lists of linked references and citing articles via tabs that appear along the top of each abstract; an option has been added to view such lists in separate browser windows or tabs.
  • Navigation to higher levels of a journal, which now appear as "breadcrumb" links in the upper left of each abstract.
  • Citation downloads, including DOIs, to standard bibliographic formats including EndNote, RefWorks,and others.

The SPIE Digital Library is the largest online collection of optics and photonics literature, including more than 260,000 journal and conference proceedings papers from 1990 to the present with 17,000 new papers added each year. Learn more about subscriptions to the SPIE Digital Library at spie.org/x2836.xml, or access the library at SPIEDigitalLibrary.org.