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SPIE Digital Library subscription fees reduced by 10% for 2010

03 June 2009

SPIE Digital Library

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE is announcing a 10% rollback in pricing for institutional subscriptions to the SPIE Digital Library for 2010. The action is the result of a year-long study involving in-depth interviews with academic, government, and corporate librarians and researchers in North America, Europe, and Asia, and supports the Society's commitment to enabling the broadest possible dissemination of information to the worldwide optics and photonics research community.

"As a not-for-profit educational society, SPIE strives to meet its responsibility to consider the economic challenges facing the educational and research community," said SPIE Executive Director Eugene Arthurs. "In the current global economic climate, SPIE realizes that libraries are faced with tighter budgets than ever before for acquiring needed resources."

A combination of careful stewardship and steady growth of the subscription base since the launch of the SPIE Digital Library in 2003 are enabling the Society to roll back prices without reducing services, features, or content, Arthurs said. "Through this price decrease, we hope to enable access to this information for many more researchers, students, and inventors around the world."

The 10% price reduction applies to current and new subscriptions to the full SPIE Digital Library, which includes Proceedings of SPIE and all SPIE journals, as well as topical segment subscriptions. Subscribers who sign a three-year contract by 30 September can lock in the price rollback through 2012. Looking beyond 2010, SPIE plans to continue to seek ways to moderate price increases and potentially continue rollbacks as our subscriber base grows.

The reduction does not apply to consortia arrangements, for which customized discounts already are applied, to print editions of proceedings or journals, or to independent subscriptions to single SPIE journals. However, 2010 prices for consortia will be frozen at 2009 rates.

The rollback is welcome news for SPIE Digital Library subscribers. According to Terry Bucknell, Electronic Resources Manager for the University of Liverpool, "I have often expressed the wish that publishers would use the savings inherent in digital distribution to try to sell their products at a lower cost to more customers. That way everyone benefits: publishers grow their income, more libraries can acquire the content they want, readers are able to access more information, and authors see their work more widely read and cited. I warmly welcome this initiative from SPIE."

"SPIE 'gets it'," said Mel DeSart, Head of the University of Washington Engineering Library. "Some publishers seem to better understand the severe economic situation most of us in the library world are in and are minimizing increases or freezing 2010 prices at 2009 levels. But to my knowledge, SPIE is the only publisher, sci-tech or otherwise, that is rolling back prices - not just by a percent or two, but by a full ten percent. By rolling back their Digital Library price by 10%, SPIE has saved our library money that I can in turn use to keep other subscriptions from being cut."

Along with the 10% price rollback, SPIE is introducing new pricing options aimed at enabling access for institutions with smaller research budgets and larger institutions with limited engineering programs.

SPIE continues to enhance the Digital Library with new types of content as well. SPIE eBooks will be available as an option to libraries beginning in August 2009. The society plans to launch two new journals in 2009, SPIE Reviews and Photonics for Energy and the Environment.

The SPIE Digital Library is the world's largest resource for optics and photonics research, containing more than 277,000 journal and proceedings articles from 1990 to the present with 17,000 new articles added annually. Topics span the broad interdisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging, with applications spanning biomedicine, communications, energy, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, computing, sensors, entertainment, and electronics.

Proceedings of SPIE provide extensive coverage of emerging technologies including solar energy, nanophotonics, solid state lighting, and advanced materials, and are the published results of SPIE conferences that are recognized as "must attend" events among leading researchers around the world.

More than 40,000 SPIE papers are cited in over 20,000 high-technology patents registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Thousands of other citations appear in the international patent literature.

In addition to papers from 6,000 volumes of Proceedings, the SPIE Digital Library includes articles from the Society's six journals:

  • Optical Engineering
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging
  • Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
  • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
  • Journal of Nanophotonics.

Learn more about the SPIE Digital Library online at spie.org/x2836.xml. Abstracts are accessible at the SPIEDigitalLibrary.org website.

SPIE is the international optics and photonics society, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. In 2008, the Society provided more than $1.9 million in support of scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. For more information, visit SPIE.org.


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