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SPIE Professional April 2016

White paper shows how proceedings are crucial in getting research noticed

A new white paper from SPIE details how publishing in the right outlet puts research in front of potential collaborators who can be key in commercializing new technology.

Being first and getting noticed matter more than ever in an increasingly fast-paced and competitive global marketplace, according to the report, “The Value of Proceedings.” This applies to individuals sharing research findings as well as companies wanting to establish intellectual property rights.

Publishing regularly in conference proceedings provides the discovery history for important new innovations, with findings reported as the research progresses.

Besides illuminating the way forward for other researchers, proceedings papers also provide valuable information on what not to do, as inconclusive or negative results are included in the papers, and can enhance an individual’s professional status and potential career advancement.

The report provides a comprehensive overview of the difference between publishing in journals vs. conference proceedings. Conference presentations reported in proceedings can help you:

  • Get feedback directly and instantly from your audience
  • Connect with other researchers and industry representatives
  • Make your published presentation available to those who heard your work and want to contact you, missed your presentation and want to learn about your research, or are seeking to understand your research more fully

A proceedings paper can then be submitted with minimal or no revision for consideration in an appropriate SPIE journal.


Publishing in a widely indexed library among many other papers in the same field is also important.

Proceedings of SPIE, published in the SPIE Digital Library, are strong in both regards, the report explains. Papers are indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, Ei Compendex, SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System, Inspec, and other databases.

The SPIE Digital Library collection of proceedings papers includes more than 410,000 articles in fields across optics and photonics, including numerous multidisciplinary topics such as metrology, microelectronics, astronomy, biomedical and electronic imaging, nanotechnology, defense, and security. Thousands of new proceedings papers are added each year.

The white paper cites user comments and industry data that show the effectiveness and usefulness of publishing with SPIE. For example, Proceedings of SPIE have been listed among the 50 most-used out of 50,000 serials analyzed by Ex Libris, a provider of library automation software.

Of the top 40 patenting companies in the most recent analysis of US patents, 28 companies cite SPIE publications significantly. Industry leaders such as Apple, Bosch, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Toyota Motor Corp., and others are among those whose patent applications frequently cite SPIE proceedings.

Read the white paper.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201604.20

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