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SPIE to add earliest articles to SPIE Digital Library

30 March 2012

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, this year will add conference proceedings and journal articles under its imprint that are currently available only in print to its SPIE Digital Library. The addition will extend the digital collection to the beginning of the society's publishing program.

Approximately 40,000 technical papers dating from 1962 through 1989 will be added to the existing content at no additional charge to subscribers.

SPIE is also moving the library to a new platform. Beginning this summer, the SPIE Digital Library will be delivered via Silverchair.

"Over the years many subscribers have expressed a desire for SPIE to add this older content. Earlier articles are valuable resources, and are often requested by researchers. We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet the demand for online access to this historically important material," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications.

"In response to global economic shifts and following reassessment of subscription prices over the last few years -- with a 10 percent rollback in 2010, a price freeze in 2011, and a further percent rollback in 2012 -- SPIE is in a position to offer this early content as added value to the SPIE Digital Library, at no extra charge to subscribers," Pepper said.

Among the material included in the SPIE Digital Library are papers by technology pioneers and visionaries such as:

  • Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and originator of the notion that chip capacity doubles about every two years, also known as Moore's law
  • Nobel Laureates including laser pioneers Charles Hard Townes, Zhores Alferov, John L. Hall, and Alexander Prokhorov; fiber-optics and internet developer William Boyle; and astronomer John Mather
  • renowned inventors including Theodore Maiman, who developed the first working laser, and Shuji Nakamura, who made the first mass-producible high-brightness GaN LED.

More than 50,000 patents granted in the United States cite SPIE proceedings and journal articles. The Proceedings of SPIE, which make up much of the SPIE Digital Library contents, recently rated 17th among the 50,000 most-used journals in the bX Journal Popularity Report, which is based on the usage of millions of researchers from many different institutions around the world.

The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive research resource on optics and photonics, with more than 330,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present and more than 160 SPIE Press eBooks. SPIE publishes approximately 18,000 new technical papers and 15 to 20 new books in the SPIE Digital Library each year.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.5 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.


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