Archive for September 6th, 2012

The SPIE Digital Library new platform

The SPIE Digital Library moved to a new platform. The URL to the SPIE Digital Library homepage, http://SPIEDigitalLibrary.org, will not change. Other landing and article pages will have new URLs; however, permanent redirects will be in place to ensure that previous links and bookmarks will be permanently redirected to the new pages.

What`s New:

More Content: At no additional cost, subscribers now have access to 40,000 additional articles (published between 1962 and 1989) from the Proceedings of SPIE and Optical Engineering journal— extending SPIE Digital Library coverage for both publications back to Volume 1.

New Taxonomy: SPIE and Silverchair have worked together to create a comprehensive taxonomy and tagging system for optics and photonics. This means users are automatically exposed to content most relevant to their search or related to the content being viewed.

New Topical Collections: By cross-cutting all proceeding, journal and book content, the SPIE Digital library now offers 120+ specific subject collections where users can easily find the latest information related to their topical interests and sub-specialties.

Mobile-Optimized for All Web-Enabled Phones and Tablets: Subscribers can use the SPIE Digital Library on any mobile devices via their web browser. Institutional users are entitled to full mobile access, extending the value of the site license.

Improved usability, information discovery, and ease of reading: Search, browse and discover related information, using an intuitive user interface employing the best practices in web interface design.

New Linking to SPIE.org Author Profiles: Gain a quick overview of the publication record, society activities and accomplishments of authors.

 New Linking to Conference Videos: Access selected conference presentations directly within the proceedings article page to gain an enhanced understanding of the content directly from the author.

Personalization: Individual users can customize page display, save figures and tables of interest, manage email alerts, view a summary of subscriptions and article access, and activate mobile access by creating a personal login.





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The AAS’ business model focuses primarily on two groups of stakeholders in scholarly research: those who produce research articles and those who consume (read) them in the course of their scientific investigations. We tend to label those groups as “authors” and “librarians”—the librarians being proxies for researchers studying the literature—since those are the customers we interact with in our publishing business. Those are also the groups in the academy that benefit most from the publication of research journals, and our business model entails getting revenue from each group, in the forms of fees from authors and subscriptions from libraries.

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 Source: AAS Newsletter, September/October 2012, Issue 166 – Published for the Members of the American Astronomical Society, pp. 6-8




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SPIE has announced a new program that provides Gold Open Access upon publication for a journal article for which authors or their institutions pay voluntary page charges, beginning in January 2013.

Authors will retain copyright under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.

The new program covers articles in the SPIE journals:

 *   Optical Engineering

 *   Journal of Biomedical Optics

 *   Journal of Electronic Imaging; co-published with IS&T

 *   Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

 *   Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

 *   Journal of Nanophotonics

 *   Journal of Photonics for Energy.

SPIE will continue open access publication at no cost to authors for all review and tutorial articles, and will continue to deposit NIH-funded articles with PubMed Central on the authors’ behalf.

“SPIE is excited to offer this innovative open access program to further advance our goal of providing access to optics and photonics information to the broadest possible readership.” said SPIE Publications Committee chair John Greivenkamp (College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona). “This is the most cost-effective solution to the challenge of open access that I know about!”

“The voluntary page charges are modest, but help support the journals and enable provision of open access,” said SPIE Publications Business Development Manager Mary Summerfield. “For journals with two-column pages, the rate is $100 per published page; for journals with one column, it is $60 per published page. Thus, for a Letter the cost will be approximately $300 and for an average full paper it will be $700 to $800.  SPIE Journals will continue to offer subscriptions so that authors who do not want to or cannot afford to pay these page charges can continue to publish their articles in these journals.”

With more than 375,000 journal articles and conference proceedings papers and 167 SPIE Press books, the SPIE Digital Library is the world’s largest collection ofoptics and photonics literature.

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New to Oxford Journals in 2013

Oxford University Press (OUP) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) announced a new publishing partnership for the Society’s highly cited and internationally prestigious journals.

 OUP will assume publication of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Geophysical Journal International, and Astronomy & Geophysics from January 2013.

 Professor David Southwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, commented: “Scientific communication with sound peer review and effective production and distribution is an essential component of research in astronomy and geophysics and lies at the very heart of RAS activity. I look forward to a long and productive partnership with OUP that will help us continue to deliver that aim.”


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IIA, Library

Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Library

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