AIP Launches eBooks on Scitation Hosting Platform
SPIE becomes first publishing partner to benefit from this dynamic new publishing model
Melville, NY, September 22, 2009 — The American Institute of Physics (www.aip.org) today launched a robust, feature-rich new eBooks website for SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. The site (spiedigitallibrary.org/ebooks), hosted on AIP's Scitation C3 platform, provides collections of SPIE Press books to institutions, including the option to purchase individual book chapters. The eBooks are fully integrated into the SPIE Digital Library so that researchers and students are now able to cross-search and access journals, proceedings, and books on a single site.
"The phenomenal rise in interest surrounding eBooks, coupled with a forecast of strong growth in the future, makes this an ideal time for publishers to add eBooks to their current online offerings," said John Haynes, AIP's Vice President, Publishing. "Our dedication of increased manpower and other resources in recent years has now propelled AIP into the vanguard of publishing technology—with eBooks just one important byproduct of this effort."
AIP's eBook capabilities are enabled by leveraging the enrichment and discovery tools of Scitation's new C3 infrastructure, setting the stage for content mixing, faceted browsing, guided search, and new features that allow users to find related content across a publisher's entire catalog, all in a rich, user-focused environment. User activity is tracked and made available to subscribing institutions through AIP's COUNTER-3 compliant usage statistics service.
"The benefits of this new capability go beyond the potential for new revenue, providing increased visibility for our book program through Scitation's relationships with Google, CrossRef, and library vendors and thereby reaching the desktops of more researchers and students around the world," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. "We expect the site to enhance discovery of our content, increase traffic, and spur overall use of the SPIE Digital Library."
Scitation‘s newly enhanced C3 platform establishes a strong foundation for the eBook programs of scholarly publishers and offers a high degree of flexibility and extensibility for future growth.
The American Institute of Physics is a federation of 10 physical science societies representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators and is one of the world's largest publishers of scientific information in the physical sciences. Offering partnership solutions for scientific societies and for similar organizations in science and engineering, AIP is a leader in the field of electronic publishing of scholarly journals. AIP publishes 12 journals (some of which are the most highly cited in their respective fields), two magazines, including its flagship publication Physics Today; and the AIP Conference Proceedings series. Its online publishing platform Scitation hosts nearly two million articles from more than 185 scholarly journals and other publications of 28 learned society publishers.
SPIE is the International Society for Optics and Photonics, founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. The SPIE Digital Library is the world's largest resource for optics and photonics research, containing more than 280,000 journal and proceedings articles from 1990 to the present. Topics span the broad interdisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging, with applications spanning biomedicine, communications, energy, aerospace, defense, manufacturing, computing, entertainment, and electronics. For more information, visit SPIE.org.
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