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Max Planck Society contributions to SPIE journals to be open access

New agreement paves the way for open access publication in the SPIE Digital Library

28 April 2014

SPIE Digital Library

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Research articles by authors at Max Planck Society institutes that are published in SPIE journals will be open access per a new agreement with SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Under the agreement, the Max Planck Society will pay open access fees for articles submitted by researchers at its institutes to any of the ten SPIE journals.

SPIE journals are part of the SPIE Digital Library, which contains more than 400,000 articles from SPIE peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and books, with approximately 18,000 new research articles added each year. Abstracts are freely searchable, and a rapidly increasing number of full journal articles are published with open access.

"As a not-for-profit educational society with the goal of disseminating knowledge as broadly as possible, we are delighted that the Max Planck Society has chosen this way to participate in our open access program," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "We highly value our long-standing relationship as a publisher with researchers in optics and photonics at Max Planck Institutes, and look forward to being able to provide that important work even more broadly. We congratulate the Max Planck Society for this generous support of our shared mission to propagate scientific knowledge throughout the world."

An author-choice open access publishing program for journals launched last year by SPIE has met with strong participation from authors, considerably increasing the volume of freely accessible, peer-reviewed optics and photonics research literature as a result. The agreement with Max Planck Digital Library provides a valuable new source of even more open access literature, Pepper said.

The SPIE program allows authors to have their journal articles open access immediately on publication in one of SPIE's journals. Authors retain copyright through a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

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Since its establishment in 1948, 17 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of the Max Planck Society. More than 15,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are published by researchers from the 82 Max Planck Institutes throughout the world.

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 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.


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