Frequently Asked Questions

 

Institutional Subscription

What subscription options are available to institutions?

Subscriptions are flexible and reflect the diverse needs of academic, government, and industry customers. Institutions can license the complete SPIE Digital Library, which includes Proceedings and Journals; the SPIE eBooks collection; and any journal(s) individually. Click here for more information on Digital Library subscriptions, here for eBook subscriptions, and here for Journal-only subscriptions. All subscriptions include access to all years of content available for that publication.

Does my institution currently have a Digital Library or Journals subscription?

If your institution subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library or SPIE Journals you will see the name of your institution in the black ribbon at the top of any SPIE Digital Library page. Please feel free to contact SPIE Digital Library Customer Support.

Is a subscription needed to use the SPIE Digital Library?

Anyone can search and browse the site, and view Tables of Contents, abstracts, and author profiles. However, either an institutional or personal subscription (membership and/or downloads packet) is required to download full articles in PDF or HTML format, and to view references, figures and tables, and multimedia. Content labeled “Open Access” does not require a subscription. Content labeled “Free” requires non-subscribers to sign in to a personal account. There is no cost to create a personal account.

My institution subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. Is there a limit or quota on the number of papers I can download?

Institutional users have unlimited access to the Digital Library, within the guidelines of the institution’s license. Systematic or programmatic downloading or transmitting full-text articles to nonsubscribers is not permitted.

How can an institutional subscriber view the SPIE Digital Library on a mobile device?

Institutional subscribers can have full remote access on their mobile devices via their web browser. Authorized users may, while authenticated via their institutional network, create an individual account with a unique user name (typically their email address) and password. Once created, that user account is affiliated with the institution on whose network they created the account. The user can then access the SPIE Digital Library content using his or her mobile device by simply signing in with their user name and password. For detailed instructions, please click here.

My institution subscribes to the SPIE Digital Library. How can I get remote access to the SPIE Digital Library using my institution’s subscription?

Both an institutional subscription AND a personal account are required for remote access. The procedure for establishing remote access rights is as follows:

  • Create a personal account or use your existing SPIE account credentials.
  • Sign in to your personal account while accessing the SPIE Digital Library on your institution’s network.
  • Your personal account will then be automatically affiliated with your institution’s subscription for a period of three months.

For more information, please click here.

What browsers does the SPIE Digital Library support?

  • Windows
  • o Internet Explorer 7 (functionality limited), 8, 9 and 10
    o Firefox
    o Chrome
  • Mac
  • o Safari
    o Firefox
    o Chrome
  • Linux
  • o Firefox
  • Tablets and phones
  • o iPad – Mobile Safari and other modern, java-script-enabled browsers, as a regular website.
    o iPod Touch or iPhone - Mobile Safari and other modern, java-script-enabled browsers, as the mobile version of the website.
    o Android phone and tablet - Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Mobile Chrome, and other modern, java-script-enabled browsers, as the mobile version of the website.

Does the SPIE Digital Library support OpenURL?

The SPIE Digital Library supports both inbound and outbound OpenURL at the Journal and Proceedings article and book chapter level. Link resolvers such as Ex Libris’s SFX and Serials Solutions’ Link 360 can be embedded into any OpenURL-compliant source.

What are the SPIE Digital Library’s Outbound OpenURL requirements?

Please provide the resolver URL, the link text, and the image to SPIE Digital Library Customer Support. Maximum image dimensions: 150px wide x 30px high. Maximum file size: 5KB. Please send your request to SPIE Digital Library Customer Support.

What are the SPIE Digital Library’s Inbound OpenURL specifications?

For linking to Proceedings, use the format below (ignore brackets in creating your URL—they are only used to indicate an insertion).

Proceedings by volume/page
URL format: Proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?volume=[ ]&page=[ ]
Example: http://Proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?volume=1357&page=2

Proceedings by DOI
URL format: Proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?doi=[ ]
Example: http://Proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?doi=10.1117/12.23924

Proceedings conference volume
URL format: Proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/volume.aspx?volume=[ ]
Example: http://Proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/volume.aspx?volume=1357

For linking to Journals, use the format below (ignore brackets in creating your URL—they are only used to indicate an insertion).

Journal issue TOC
URL format: [Journal subdomain].spiedigitallibrary.org/issue.aspx?volume=[ ]&issue=[ ]
Example: http://opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org/issue.aspx?volume=51&issue=5

Article by volume/issue/page
URL format: [Journal subdomain].spiedigitallibrary.org/ article.aspx?volume=[ ]&issue=[ ]&page=[ ]
Example: http://opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?volume=51&issue=5&page=053202-1

Article by volume/page
URL format: [Journal subdomain].spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?volume=[ ]&page=[ ]
Example: http://opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?volume=51?page=053202-1

Article by DOI
URL format: [Journal subdomain].spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?doi=[ ]
Example: http://opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?doi=10.1117/1.OE.51.5.053202

Article by PubMed ID
URL format: [journal subdomain].spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?pmid=[ ]
Example: http://biomedicaloptics.spiedigitallibrary.org/article.aspx?pmid=21572934

For linking to eBooks chapters use the format below (ignore brackets in creating your URL—they are only used to indicate an insertion).

Book TOC by DOI
URL format: ebook.spiedigitlalibrary.org/book.aspx?doi=[ ]
Example: http://ebooks.spiedigitallibrary.org/book.aspx?doi=10.1117/3.899758

Book chapter by DOI
URL format: ebook.spiedigitlalibrary.org/content.aspx?doi=[ ]
Example: http://ebooks.spiedigitallibrary.org/content.aspx?doi=10.1117/3.899758.ch10

Does the SPIE Digital Library support Shibboleth authentication?

The SPIE Digital Library supports Shibboleth authentication. The following Shibboleth federations are currently supported: UK Access Management Federation for Education and Research and DFN-AAI (Germany). Please contact SPIE Digital Library Customer Support if you have questions about Shibboleth authentication for your institution.

Does the SPIE Digital Library support SUSHI?

Yes. You must have a SUSHI client to use the SUSHI service. For more information, visit http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi. The WSDL SUSHI service address is http://sushi.silverchair.com/SUSHIservice.svc?wsdl.

What is the OCLC EZproxy configuration?

The EZproxy database definition for the SPIE Digital Library is:

Title: SPIE Digital Library
URL: http://spiedigitallibrary.org
DJ: spiedigitallibrary.org

If your institution has problems accessing the SPIE Digital Library through the EZProxy service, please use the stanza noted below.

Title SPIE Digital Library
URL http://spiedigitallibrary.org/
Find http://${FullSiteURL}
Replace http://${FullSiteURL}.^H
HJ biomedicaloptics.spiedigitallibrary.org
HJ electronicimaging.spiedigitallibrary.org
HJ nanolithography.spiedigitallibrary.org
HJ opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org
HJ ebooks.spiedigitallibrary.org
HJ datacoll.spie.org
HJ Proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org
DJ spiedigitallibrary.org
DJ spie.org

Please note, if your EZProxy configuration uses a port, you must include the port number at the end of the REPLACE line, like this:

Replace http://${FullSiteURL}.^H:****

where **** is your port number.

If you see access problems to the SPIE Digital Library after implementing this stanza, please contact SPIE Digital Library Customer Support.

What are the SPIE Digital Library’s URLs?

SPIE Digital Library homepage - http://spiedigitallibrary.org
SPIE Proceedings - http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org
SPIE Journals - http://journals.spiedigitallibrary.org
Optical Engineering (OE) - http://opticalengineering.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Electronic Imaging (JEI) - http://electronicimaging.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO) - http://biomedicaloptics.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3) - http://nanolithography.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing (JARS)- http://remotesensing.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP) - http://nanophotonics.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) - http://photonicsforenergy.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Medical Imaging (JMI) - http://medicalimaging.spiedigitallibrary.org
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) - http://astronomicaltelescopes.spiedigitallibrary.org
Neurophotonics - http://neurophotonics.spiedigitallibrary.org
SPIE eBooks homepage - http://ebooks.spiedigitallibrary.org
SPIE Reviews - http://reviews.spiedigitallibrary.org
Sitemaster - http://sitemaster.spiedigitallibrary.org/admin/login.aspx

What are the post-termination access rights of an institutional Journal subscriber?

Portico provides post-termination access to content from a journal published in years in which subscriber had a subscription to that journal.

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