Articles in SPIE Professional will now be open-access to members of the optics and photonics community and the general public.
With this issue of SPIE Professional, articles about LED metrology, remote sensing, optics entrepreneurship and more, which previously were reserved for SPIE members only, will be freely available.
The move responds to reader feedback that logging in to the website was a barrier to reading and sharing the articles in the magazine. Opening up the online issue of the magazine to the general community will also bring more online visibility for members who contribute articles and who are featured in articles.
"We are very excited that the Society's members will receive broader exposure in the online issue of SPIE Professional," says SPIE Fellow Sergio Restaino, chair of the SPIE Membership Committee. "These articles will now be open to anyone searching online for information on optics and photonics and for people looking for career, R&D, and industry articles."
The six-year-old member magazine has recently expanded to include technology overviews and research highlights as well as articles on career topics, photonics events, and how photonics benefits humanity.
Online articles in the magazine's archives, as well as Web-only past articles in the Leadership series and Career Steps series, are also being made open access. The conversion of the archived articles should be complete by the end of October.
"SPIE Professional magazine is an excellent source of information about the global photonics community," says Krisinda Plenkovich, director of education and community services at SPIE.
"In surveys, over half of our readers said that they shared or discussed articles with colleagues or students. We want to make sharing information easier for them."
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