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SPIE Digital Library Extends Archiving

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, this year will add conference proceedings and journal articles under its imprint that are currently available only in print to its SPIE Digital Library. The addition will extend the digital collection to the beginning of the society’s publishing program. SPIE is also moving the library to a new platform. Beginning this summer, the SPIE Digital Library will be delivered via Silverchair.

SPIE has lowered its subscription prices in the last few years with a 10% rollback in 2010, a price freeze in 2011, and a further 5% rollback in 2012. The approximately 40,000 technical papers dating from 1962 through 1989 will be added to the existing content at no additional charge to subscribers. The added content will include papers by technology pioneers and visionaries such as the following:

  • Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and originator of the notion that chip capacity doubles about every 2 years, also known as Moore’s law
  • Nobel Laureates including laser pioneers Charles Hard Townes, Zhores Alferov, John L. Hall, and Alexander Prokhorov; fiber-optics and internet developer William Boyle; and astronomer John Mather
  • Renowned inventors including Theodore Maiman, who developed the first working laser, and Shuji Nakamura, who made the first mass-producible high-brightness GaN LED

The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive research resource on optics and photonics, with more than 330,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present and more than 160 SPIE Press eBooks. SPIE publishes approximately 18,000 new technical papers and 15 to 20 new books in the SPIE Digital Library each year.

Source: SPIE

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