SPIE Digital Library

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The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing unprecedented access to more than 370,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1962 to the present. More than 18,000 new technical papers are added annually.

SPIE content spans a number of technology areas. Major classifications include:

  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical Optics and Medical Imaging
  • Communication and Information Technologies
  • Defense and Security
  • Electronic Imaging and Signal Processing
  • Energy
  • Lasers
  • Light Sources and Illumination
  • Lithography and Microelectronics
  • Metrology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sensors
Title Coverage
Proceedings of SPIE Starting at Volume 1 (1963- content varies, See http://spie.org/x574.xml)
Optical Engineering Starting at Volume 1 (1962)
Journal of Electronic Imaging Starting at Volume 1 (1992)
Journal of Biomedical Optics Starting at Volume 1 (1996)
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Starting at Volume 1 (2002)
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Starting at Volume 1 (2007)
Journal of Nanophotonics Starting at Volume 1 (2007)


The site has a link to a help FAQ: http://spie.org/x988.xml?WT.svl=tn5.

Additionally, technical support is available from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time) by phone 1-888-902-0894, or e-mail CustomerService@spie.org.

For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

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Dates covered

Contains issue and volume tables of contents, abstracts, and PDF full text for all included papers. All journal papers and proceedings include DOI links.

Updating frequency

SPIE Journals and Proceedings use an "e-First" publishing timetable. New papers are added online as they complete the necessary approvals and production, and therefore issues and volumes first appear as partially complete contents that build as papers are added. Updates occur daily. Proceedings are typically published online 2-4 weeks after the date of the conference. Print publications follow completion of the online volume. For e-First publications, the electronic version is the publication of record, and citation information indicates the online publication date.


The content in the SPIE Digital Library includes all SPIE journals and conference proceedings. SPIE has published over 8,000 conference proceedings since 1963; however some Proceedings volumes are not available in the SPIE Digital Library due to conference cancellation or lack of electronic publishing rights.

The SPIE Digital Library also includes more than 165 eBooks in three series, with 15–20 new titles added annually: SPIE Press Monographs Tutorial Texts Field Guides Only institutional subscriptions to eBooks are available.

Type of coverage

Contains issue and volume tables of contents, abstracts, and PDF full text for all included papers. Additionally, HTML full-text is available for journal papers published from 2001 to the present. All journal papers from 2001 to the present include CrossRef links.

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related resources

Some journals and conference proceedings are available in print format.

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