Frequently Asked Questions



What content is included in the SPIE Digital Library?

The SPIE Digital Library contains approximately:
450,000+ SPIE Proceedings papers published from 1963 to date
28,000+ SPIE Journal articles
9,680+ volumes of SPIE Conference Proceedings
250+ eBooks

The SPIE Digital Library includes all papers published since 1962 in SPIE’s ten peer-reviewed Journals:

Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (2007–)
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (2015–)
Journal of Biomedical Optics (1996–)
Journal of Electronic Imaging, co-published with IS&T (1992–)
Journal of Medical Imaging (2014–)
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (2002–)
Journal of Nanophotonics (2007–)
Journal of Photonics for Energy (2011–)
Optical Engineering (1962–)
Neurophotonics (2014–)

SPIE has published over 9,500 conference Proceedings since 1963, with more than 350 new Proceedings and over 16,000 new papers currently published annually.

The SPIE Digital Library includes more than 245 eBooks in three series, with 25 new titles added annually: SPIE Press Monographs, Tutorial Texts, and Field Guides. Only institutional subscriptions to eBooks are available.

Can I download an eBook or a Field Guide in its entirety?

All eBooks and Field Guides are downloadable one chapter at a time. They are available to institutional subscribers only. The ability to download an entire eBook is not currently supported. SPIE books may be purchased in different formats here.

What does the "Open Access" icon stand for?

An “Open Access” symbol next to a paper means that the author of the paper paid for her/his article to be accessible to everyone for free regardless of whether a user has a subscription or not. A subscription is not required to download an article marked Open Access. To find out more about Open Access publications from SPIE, please click here.

How is the SPIE Digital Library archived?

The SPIE Digital Library is archived and preserved in both Portico and CLOCKSS.

Where can I find the Front Matter for older volumes?

Front Matter for older (2001 and earlier) volumes have not been digitized and published on the Digital Library. This material may be added in the future.

How can I access Milestone Series papers?

SPIE’s Milestone Series is not available on the Digital Library. You can purchase print volumes on the SPIE website. The full list of Milestones can be viewed here.

Are there Proceedings that are not included in the SPIE Digital Library?

Some Proceedings volumes are not available in the SPIE Digital Library due to conference cancellation or lack of electronic publishing rights. Click here for a listing of those volumes.

How can I locate a Journal article’s publication date of record?

Publication date of record is included within the paper’s citation. In a Journal article, the publication date of record is located after the paper’s CID.

Why do Proceedings papers have 2 different dates? What date is the actual publication date of record?

The date listed just below the volume’s title (noted at the top of the page underneath the chair name and next to conference location) indicates the date of the first day of the conference itself. The date within the citation is the day the manuscript was published (unique to the individual paper record on the Digital Library).

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Where can I find the full date range of a conference?

The SPIE Digital Library only displays the first date of the conference rather than the range of the conference; to get the full range of the dates in a conference download the Front Matter PDF. The full date range, title, editors, and location of the conference are listed on the first page of the Proceedings Front Matter.

What page numbering system is used by SPIE Journals?

SPIE Journals use six-digit citation identifiers (CIDs) in place of traditional page numbering. This allows an issue to build online one article at a time, while retaining the ability to segment tables of contents by article type or subject area. You can read more about how to cite papers using CIDs on the citation format page.

Who can I contact about editorial changes to Proceedings content?

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Who can I contact about editorial changes to Journals content?

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Where can I obtain MARC records for SPIE eBooks, Journals, and Proceedings?

MARC records for eBooks are available on Please click on this link for direct access. The MARC records for SPIE Proceedings and Journals are supplied by OCLC.

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