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The SPIE Digital Library is the world’s largest collection of optics & photonics applied research.

With more than 400,000 papers spanning biomedicine, communications, sensors, defense and security, manufacturing, electronics, energy, and imaging, the SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive research database available on optics and photonics research. View the platform at

The SPIE Digital Library includes:

400,000+ proceedings and journal articles from 1962 to present

18,000+ new technical articles added annually

8,000+ volumes of Conference Proceedings (starting with Vol. 1)

Peer-Reviewed SPIE Journals:

1. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
2. Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (new in 2014)
3. Journal of Biomedical Optics
4. Journal of Electronic Imaging
5. Journal of Medical Imaging (new in 2014)
6. Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
7. Journal of Nanophotonics
8. Journal of Photonics for Energy
9. Neurophotonics
10. Optical Engineering

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Benefits to librarians:

  • Easy access to over 400,000 technical papers and articles
  • Powerful searching and browsing tools
  • Color images and multimedia content
  • Secure, reliable scientific database hosted by Silverchair
  • Online usage statistics that are COUNTER II compliant
  • Excellent customer support
  • MARC records available through OCLC
  • Archive of content from subscription year
  • Co-branding availability
  • No concurrent user restrictions
  • Convenient reference linking

Benefits to researchers and engineers:

  • Unlimited downloads
  • IP authentication – no user name to remember
  • Desktop access from work or home using a proxy server
  • Powerful searching tools
  • Proceedings browsing by tables of contents, abstracts, year, volume number, title, symposium, and technology area
  • New content added daily
  • Full-text papers in PDF and HTML (Journals Only)
  • Reference linking via CrossRef – SPIE is a member of CrossRef
  • Email alerts for the latest published articles in specific areas of interest
  • Citation metadata (BibTeX, Endnote, Plaintext) available for easy download
  • Article collections for sharing and group collaboration