June 29, 2007

IEEE Presentations From SLA in Denver Now Available

.: IEEE has made available its presentations from the IEEE Breakfast meeting in Denver on 05 June 2007. Both are available on its IEEE Digital Subscriptions page.

  • IEEE Announces New Initiatives (PDF, 960 KB)
    June 2007 – IEEE announced several new initiatives in its online publishing program at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) annual conference
  • IEEE Demonstrates Beta of (PDF, 276 KB)
    June 2007 – At the Special Libraries Association (SLA) annual conference, IEEE demonstrated, a free, federated vertical search portal brought to you by 15 of the world's leading science and technology societies.

January 18, 2007

IEEE Signs Archiving Agreement With Portico

.: From an recent e-mail:

Dear Colleagues,

IEEE signs archiving agreement with Portico

Portico is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with IEEE to preserve the organization’s periodicals and conference proceedings. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. The international association produces nearly one-third of the world's literature in the fields of electrical and electronics engineering and computer science, as well as develops more than 900 active industry standards. IEEE serves engineers, scientists and other professionals in 160 countries and has more than 365,000 members worldwide.

Through this agreement with Portico, IEEE has committed 137 periodicals ( journals, transactions, magazines, newsletters ) and 163 conference proceedings for long term preservation, thus ensuring its publications will be available to future generations of scholars, practitioners, researchers and students.

In addition to supplying content, IEEE has agreed to make an annual financial contribution to Portico.

With the inclusion of IEEE publications, over 6,000 titles have now been entrusted to the Portico archive. The complete list of journal titles is available at and a list of participating publishers is available at

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March 10, 2006

IEE Computing and Control Engineering - Problem in IEEE Xplore With Latest Issue

.: Dana Roth sent along information about a problem with the latest issue of the IEE title, Computing and Control Engineering, as indexed in IEEE Xplore. The latest issue is v16 n6, December 2005, and is available on the IEE Digital Library. However, on IEEE Xplore, v.15(6),2004-5 is the first listed issue and v.16(6),2005-6 is not posted, although it is on the IEE website. All previous v15 2005 issues are available on IEEE Xplore.

Dana received the folllowing message from IEEE: "We just received the files for the new issue of IEE Computing and Control Engineering from IEE. It generally take about 30 days from the time we receive the files until the issue is posted in Xplore, so it will appear some time in early April."

February 21, 2006

Two New IEEE Journals

John Platt, IEEE Business Communications Manager, posted an announcement to numerous discussion lists about the debut of IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine.

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November 17, 2005

RSS Feeds Added to IEEE Periodicals

.: John Platt from IEEE sent the following e-mail yesterday, advising of the new RSS feeds from IEEE:

As part of yesterday's maintenance release of the IEEE Xplore digital library, RSS feeds for new issues of IEEE journals are now available for all titles. Feeds are available individually from each journal's main page in IEEE Xplore.

To see one example, visit the Proceedings of the IEEE main page at

RSS feeds can also be found through the Table of Contents Alerts service, which continues to offer notification by email.

This is great news, allowing users interested in IEEE titles to embed RSS feeds into their newsreaders, and reduce incoming e-mail. However, there is nothing on the Tables of Contents Alerts page about RSS feeds. Check this page instead.

November 10, 2005

IEEE and Flickr

.: From the November 2005 What's New @ IEEE For Students: "Over on the Flickr photo-sharing site, hundreds of pictures have been tagged with the search term "IEEE," offering a glimpse at IEEE activities around the globe. Check them out at:"

October 10, 2005

IEEE Slates Five New Journals for 2006

IEEE announced five new journals for 2006 in July:

August 23, 2005

New IEEE journal -- IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology

The first issue of a new quarterly journal from the IEEE and the Optical Society of America (OSA) was published online today. IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology "... [c]overs the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of information displays and aspects of display technology that emphasize the progress in device engineering, device design, materials, electronics, physics and reliability aspects of displays and the application of displays." - George Porter

IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology

Fulltext v1+ (2005+)
ISSN: 1551-319X

August 10, 2005

IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles to Archive

:: The following appeared on a number of discussion groups today:

IEEE Adds 15,000 Historic Electron Devices Articles to Archive

Continuing its plan to digitize its entire journal backfile, IEEE this month made available online versions of more than 15,000 articles from IEEE Electron Devices Society publications dating as far back as 1954.

The archive now includes articles from three of the Society's most influential publications: IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (papers from 1954 to 1987); IEEE Electron Device Letters (papers from 1980 to 1987); and the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (papers from
1955 to 1987).

Papers from 1988-forward were already available electronically. The IEEE online collection now contains nearly 1.2 million documents.

To view abstracts of the papers in these publications, visit:

IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting

IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices

IEEE Electron Device Letters

August 9, 2005

IEE Launches the IEE Digital Library

:: As announced in an e-mail on various discussion groups today. I did a quick comparison with IEEE's IEL, and all the content in the IEE Digital Library is also available on IEL.:

The IEE is pleased to announce the launch of the new IEE Digital Library. The IEE Digital Library is hosted on the Scitation platform from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and replaces the IOJ (IEE Online Journals) platform.

The IEE Digital Library provides access to more than 50,000 technical papers from IEE journals, magazines and conference publications dating back to 1994, covering a wide range of information in electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, computing, power, control, radar, circuits, materials, bioengineering, IT, and more.

In addition to having all IEE publication tables of contents and abstracts freely available, users will enjoy many features of the Scitation platform, including sophisticated browsing and searching, pay-per-view articles for non-subscribers, a complete suite of personalization tools, and extensive citation links to publishers and databases.

For more information on the IEE Digital Library please visit or contact

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July 27, 2005

Proceedings of the IEEE Adds 25 Years of Backfiles to IEEE Xplore

:: IEEE has added the years from 1963-1987 of the the Proceedings of the IEEE to the IEL Database. All articles from v51, 1963 to the present are now available in full-text .pdf format. More details here.

July 21, 2005

IEEE Xplore Upgrade Provides New Tools for Researchers

Access to IEEE Standards, Publications, and Bibliographies Enhanced in IEEE Xplore 2.1

21 July 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- IEEE today released several new research options for its IEEE Xplore online delivery platform.

IEEE Xplore is the online delivery system which powers IEEE online subscriptions for organizations and individuals, including collections like the IEEE/IEE Electronic Library. It contains more than 1,100,000 documents from IEEE journals, magazines, transactions, and conferences, all active IEEE standards, and journals and conference proceedings from Europe's Institution for Electrical Engineers (IEE).

"This release of IEEE Xplore 2.1 incorporates feedback that we have received from users since the launch of IEEE Xplore 2.0," said Barbara H. Lange, IEEE Publications Product Line Management and Business Development. "The new features enhance the bibliographic information both for individuals and institutional subscribers."

New features available through IEEE Xplore 2.1 include:

  • The metadata of all current book titles from Wiley-IEEE Press and Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press are now available to all users as an optional search criteria. Books located through this search may be purchased through a link to the John Wiley and Sons web site.
  • The display of bibliographic information has been enhanced on various pages throughout the site. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and part numbers (identifies periodicals issues and conference proceedings volumes that have multiple parts) are now displayed on all tables of contents, search results, Abstracts, and AbstractPlus pages.
  • Individual IEEE Standards are now available for purchase and immediate download directly through IEEE Xplore.
  • A new, downloadable OPAC list of journal and conference details contains the start date, end date, ISBN and ISSN for all titles, and will be updated regularly.
For full information on these and other features of IEEE Xplore, visit:

June 29, 2005

IEEE - Selectively Digitizing Content on IEL?

:: Interesting e-mail posted to STS-L by Kristin Anderson at Hamilton Library, U Hawaii Manoa regarding IEEE selectively digitizing content from some of its journals. This is disturbing, especially in light of the announcement this week that IEEE plans to digitize all its journals back to v1 n1. Will that include articles that have been to date considered "non-archival", or will it include everything? Kristin's comments:

I may be the only person unaware of this, but I just learned that IEEE does not index articles which they have determined are "non-archival" in their various societal magazines. I find this incredibly disturbing since we cancelled all our print subscriptions to afford the online and had [wrongly] assumed that the online ws equivalent to the print. Apparently it's not even equitable.

I discovered this when trying to locate an article for a student from "Computer" vol 34, issue 1. The article I was looking for was supposed to start on page 18. I couldn't find the article through a keyword or title search in Xplore so I went to browse the journal contents. What I found were the following pages are UNACCOUNTED for: 1-9,13-33,52,88-131. In a journal apparently with 144 pages of content, we are denied access to 50% of the material.

It took 6 weeks of email to a host of "support" people at IEEE to learn that: "The pages you listed below were considered to be non-archival and therefore not Indexed. Please be assured that we are working on making magazines available from cover to cover in the near future."

I've asked for a list of titles which IEEE does not index cover-to-cover. I imagine it will take another 6 weeks to hear any such thing. I am not reassured that they are working on cover-to-cover availability. I will also ask who/how an article is deemed "non-archival". We scream at Elsevier for some of their shennanigans. Did I miss the screaming at IEEE? We pay a great deal of money for this resource and I"m seriously questioning why.

Kris Anderson
Collection Development Coordinator
Science & Technology Reference
Hamilton Library
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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June 28, 2005

IEEE To Digitize...Everything!

:: Well, almost everything. IEEE announced yesterday its plans to digitize all of its journals back to Volume One, Issue One:

IEEE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO DIGITIZE ALL OF ITS JOURNALS BACK TO VOLUME ONE, ISSUE ONE - 25 Early Years of Flagship Journal, Proceedings of the IEEE, to be Posted Online

June 27, 2005 -- Piscataway, NJ -- The IEEE this week announced that it has completed the first step in its plan to digitize all papers from its technology journals, back to each title's first issue.

In the coming days, more than 12,000 papers and articles published in the Proceedings of the IEEE from 1963 to 1987 will be added to the IEEE online collection. The journal's contents from 1988 through the current issue are already available in digital format. Papers dating back to the first issue of the journal, published in 1913 as the Proceedings of the Institute of Radio Engineers (the name of an IEEE predecessor organization), will be online in early 2006.

The IEEE digital collection now consists of nearly 1.2 million documents. Included are papers from more than 120 IEEE journals, 900 active IEEE standards, and the proceedings of 400 annual conferences. The majority of the content dates back to 1988; content from select publications back as far as 1950 was added in 2003.

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June 14, 2005

IEEE Slide Show From SLA

:: As mentioned in an earlier post, IEEE hosted its annual breakfast session at SLA. Part of the presentation was a report analyzing patent referencing of IEEE publications. The slides from the report are now available for viewing.

June 6, 2005

The Latest from IEEE

:: I attended the annual IEEE Breakfast at the SLA conference this morning. Following a delicious morning meal, IEEE presented its slide show of the latest news and forthcoming upgrades to their publications and digital products. Among the highlights:

  • an extensive analysis has been done for IEEE on patents referencing IEEE journals, conferences and standards. Data show that IEEE publications are referenced for more than other commercial and non-commercial publishers; the statistics flew by too quickly for me to record any numbers
  • Patents referencing IEEE have higher citation impacts than peer patents (in the same categories
  • Top patenting organizatgions reference IEEE papers seven times as papers from other publishers; remove conferences, still five times as many
  • 95% of references to IEEE come from the companies filing the patents; 5% are added by the patent examiners at USPTO
  • According to IEEE figures, IEEE publications increased in cost by 6% in 2005; "competitors" increased by 8%; IEEE's average page count per publication increased by 15%, "competitors" by 4% in 2005
  • new content being added to IEL, such as the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • many IEEE publications now including multimedia content
  • 27 of 114 titles now posting articles online once they are approved for publication
  • in 2005, two more releases for IEL: 2.1 will include:
    • IEEE press integration; abstract records for IEEE press books with links to Wiley
    • single sales of IEEE standards
    • enhancements to OPAC listings
  • Release 2.2 will include:
    • My Profile functionality
    • Open URL source capability
    • Known citation searching
    • improving readability to address small font problem
    • More legacy content; example: backfiles of the Proceedings of the IEEE will be added as follows: 1963-1987 in 2005; 1913-1962 in 2006
    • watermarking PDFs
I was surprised that no mention was made of integrating RSS into any IEEE products or dbs. In 2005, RSS feeds for journal tables-of-contents is a no-brainer. But they did say they are considering adding RSS in the future. Overall a good presentation (as it is every year at SLA), combined with a good morning meal. Thanks to IEEE for hosting this session again.

May 31, 2005

Elsevier Responds to IEEE News Release on High Priced Journals

:: As described in a previous entry, Commercial Journals More Than Twice As Expensive As IEEE Titles, a recent IEEE news release said that "studies confirm that IEEE journals, magazines and periodicals are less than half the price of competitive publications." The press release noted that "The Library Journal Periodical Price Survey singled out commercial publisher Elsevier, which has the highest overall median price in each of six subject fields. According to Library Journal, the most expensive journals in 2005 are from Elsevier Science, at an average cost of $1,070."

I received an e-mail today from Ross Graber of Elsevier Engineering Information, who forwarded me the following response from Mayur Amin, Director of Research at Elsevier in the UK. The response is reprinted here with the permission of Elsevier:

Dr. Mohamed El-Hawary
Director & Secretary
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, New Jersey
08854 USA

May 23, 2005

Dear Director

We have noted an IEEE press release that is published very prominently on the IEEE home page on 17 May as well as on the IEEE Publications Online site, under the heading "Studies Show IEEE Journals Less than Half the Cost of Commercial Publications".

Your report mentions that, according to a recent article in Library Journal, Elsevier has the highest overall median price in each of six subject fields; and that the most expensive journals in 2005 are from Elsevier.

In quoting this article, and singling out Elsevier for particular mention, you are perpetuating - unwittingly, I imagine - an error committed by its authors, who have failed to realize that the study at the basis of this analysis of prices, which was carried out by the Library and Information Statistics Unit (LISU) at Loughborough University in the UK, is incomplete and contains errors. (We have contacted the study's authors, outlining our concerns and requesting their comments, as well as the Oxford University Press which commissioned the analysis from LISU.)

Whilst we await LISU's response to our concerns on a number of issues, there are two in particular that we feel that you, your press office, and your members and readers should be made aware of at this stage.

Although the study is described in the Library Journal article as "exhaustive", there are some sizable publishers omitted. The inclusion of these omissions would have yielded very different results.

More critically, closer examination of the list of biomedical journals revealed that the LISU study included 57 Elsevier titles that are not scholarly journals but sections of abstracting and indexing databases or services. This is further compounded by the exclusion of over 290 legitimate biomedical journals. The result is that the median price for Elsevier biomedical journals quoted in the LISU study is overstated by 81%. This has, in turn, introduced major bias into the report's conclusions. Any comparison based on such a huge error is clearly misleading.

In view of the damaging mistakes that invalidate the Library Journal's conclusions and thus the IEEE's own report, please would you give this correction the same level of publicity that you accorded to your press release in explicitly naming our company. I should be grateful for a response to this letter.

Yours truly,

Mayur Amin
Director, Research
Langford Lane, Kidlington
Oxford OX5 1GB

cc: IEEE President's office
Ms Kathy Gentile

Ross confirmed that IEEE has responded to the letter.

March 17, 2005

IEEE Xplore 2.0 Coming March 26

:: All subscribers to any products available on IEEE Xplore are aware of the impending upgrade next week. If you're not aware, and are considering subscribing, check out the information on the new upgrade available on the IEEE Xplore Release 2.0 - March 2005 page.

January 26, 2005

IEEE Xplore 2.0 Forthcoming

:: From the latest What's New @ IEEE For Librarias, January 2005:

A major upgrade to the IEEE Xplore online delivery platform will soon offer researchers a more functional design, enhanced searching and usability, and an automated welcome page that recognizes users' subscriptions and access rights. The new system will provide subscribers with full-text searching of all content and will enable free, basic searches for all visiting researchers. Another new search option will enable subscribers to focus their search on only the latest content. IEEE Xplore 2.0 will be released early in the second quarter of 2005. For more information on the new features included with IEEE Xplore 2.0, click on the link below, or stay tuned to future issues of this newsletter: