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SPIE and ReadCube cooperate to increase use of SPIE publications


By Alex Jackson August 5, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Washington, and BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA – 5 August, 2015

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, today announced an agreement with publishing technology company ReadCube to enable researchers to find and use SPIE content to which they have access via ReadCube Discover.

Used by more than 8 million researchers worldwide, ReadCube Discover will expand the discoverability of 425,000 items from SPIE’s peer-reviewed journals, Proceedings of SPIE, and SPIE eBooks. ReadCube Discover will expand access to the SPIE content via its web, desktop, and mobile reading portals, search engines, and recommendation feeds. In addition to extending the reach of scholarly content, ReadCube Discover enhances it with hyperlinked in-line citations, annotations, clickable author names, direct access to supplemental content and figures, social sharing, and altmetrics.

“SPIE values increased discoverability and accessibility for our unique content,” said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. “The more researchers, engineers, students, and scholars find and use this content, the greater its impact on scientific progress and education. We believe that working with ReadCube will further this key SPIE goal.”

“The ability to discover and effectively learn from scholarly content is the bedrock upon which scientific discovery is built,” said Robert McGrath, CEO of Labtiva. “We look forward to adding SPIE’s valuable collection of optics and photonics content to our discovery tools—to continue to better support our growing researcher community.”

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library ( in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2014.

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