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Rapid-publication SPIE Digital Library adds new features and partners in new federated search option

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 19 October 2007 -The SPIE Digital Library, accessible through key search engines and scientific databases as well as independently, will extend multimedia file support and other new capabilities in January.

The SPIE Digital Library

This year SPIE continued its commitment to meeting the needs of the research community for federated search options. SPIE has joined with 14 other societies to create a new search portal, Scitopia.org, which launched from the beta version earlier this week.

SPIE articles are among the most widely cited literature in patents related to optics and photonics, encompassing the broadest range of technologies in those topics.

New features of the SPIE Digital Library include:

· Multimedia file support. Audio and video files have been supported for all SPIE journals through standard multimedia platforms (QuickTime and Windows Media Player) since January 2007. Starting with submission of manuscripts for SPIE Medical Imaging and SPIE Advanced Lithography symposia in January 2008, submission of these types of supplementary files with Proceedings manuscripts will be enabled. Multimedia files are accessed from the abstract page or directly from links within the PDF. Papers containing multimedia are designated with an icon in the table of contents.

· Enhanced citation reference linking. Currently, journal citations are linked to the referenced publication through CrossRef. This capability is being added for Proceedings articles in January.

· User-defined RSS saved search, launched earlier this year. Users specify criteria through a search on the site and may save the query as a dynamic RSS feed. As new articles meeting the criteria are published, alerts are sent.

· Open access content. SPIE Letters an online collection of rapid publications on topics of significant originality and interest from the six journals published in the SPIE Digital Library, presents a virtual table of contents with links to abstracts and free, full-text downloads of all letters in their parent journals.

New papers from SPIE Journals and Proceedings go online as they complete the necessary approvals and production steps (e-First publication). Proceedings articles are published online within two to four weeks after the end of a conference, with print and CD-ROM publication following soon after. For e-First publications, the electronic version is the publication of record, and citation information indicates the online publication date.

The SPIE Digital Library includes approximately 250,000 articles from 1990 through the present published in:

Proceedings of SPIE

Optical Engineering

Journal of Electronic Imaging

Journal of Biomedical Optics

Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Journal of Nanophotonics.

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