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01 April 2015

SPIE Digital Library logoThe SPIE Digital Library, one of the world’s largest and most widely cited optics and photonics libraries, is now available free of charge to high-school students and at a subsidized price to two-year colleges.

The new program is part of SPIE’s mission to ensure affordable access to its publications to the greatest number of researchers possible.

"Light-based technologies are integral to all areas of life in today's world," said SPIE Director of Publications Eric Pepper. "Photonics enables applications such as communications, healthcare, community safety, entertainment, clean energy, and manufacturing, providing noninvasive diagnostic tools, food-safety sensors, smartphone technology, and much more. These technologies will continue to drive innovations that will touch our lives in the future.

"So it is very gratifying to be able to provide information that will help inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers, and inventors and help more young people achieve rewarding careers through which they can make a positive difference."

The SPIE Digital Library also provides free or low cost access to institutions in eligible countries through the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) program and to researchers in participating countries through the electronics Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) program of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).


Starting in 2015, attendees of all SPIE conferences have the option of receiving their proceedings online via the SPIE Digital Library in lieu of print or CD-ROM. Online access permits unlimited usage of the proceedings selected with conference registration.

Proceedings are available for Photonics West, Electronic Imaging, Medical Imaging, and Advanced Lithography.


SPIE is providing free access to audio recordings, plus slides, of many of the plenary and keynote talks given at SPIE events.

Recent plenary talks from Photonics West, Medical Imaging, and Advanced Lithography that have been captured by SPIE.TV include those of Eric Betzig, Harry Atwater, W.E. Moerner, Stefan Hell, Yurii Vlasov, Gabriel Popescu, Donald Cornwell, J. Michael Fitzpatrick, Daniel Sodickson, Douglas Packer, Dianne Georgian-Smith, Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood, Tsu-Jae King Liu, and Alan Willner.

The slide presentation and audio from a talk by 2014 Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura at a Fellows luncheon in February is also available.

To view these and other recorded interviews and talks from SPIE events, visit SPIE.TV.


New e-book series SPIE SpotlightsSPIE has launched a new e-book series, Spotlights.

Each e-book in the Spotlights series is 20-40 pages of concise, topically focused material that either summarizes a broad topic or explains a specific niche.

The peer-reviewed e-books are available for mobile devices and as a downloadable PDF. They are also accessible to institutional users via the SPIE Digital Library.

Spotlights editor is SPIE Fellow Robert D. Fiete of Exelis Geospatial Systems (USA).

More information: spie.org/spotlights

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