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FAQ

What publications are available on IET Digital Library?

All Institution of Engineering and Technology journals, magazines and conference publications are published on the IET Digital Library. For a full list of publications available, please take a look at our coverage table.

As part of a special promotion for 2006, the full text of the Institution’s recently launched titles IEE Proceedings Information Security, IEE Proceedings Intelligent Transport Systems and Micro & Nano Letters is available free to all IET Digital Library users until the end of 2006.

What backfile is available for each title?

All backfile dates from 1994 except IET Seminar Digests (1995), IEE Proceedings Software (1997), IEE Proceedings Nanobiotechnology, Communications Engineer and Electronics Systems & Software (2003), IEE Proceedings Systems Biology and Information Professional (2004), IEE Proceedings Information Security (2005), IEE Proceedings Intelligent Transport Systems, Engineering & Technology and Micro & Nano Letters (2006). For more details, please refer to the coverage table.

How much does it cost to subscribe?

We have seperate prices for print and online publications, or combined print and online subscriptions via IET Digital Library. Prices in US $ are valid accross the Americas; prices in £ sterling apply accross the rest of the world. Take a look at the pricing table for details.

How do I subscribe?

  • Individual subscribers:
    1. Please send an email request
    2. We will contact you to confirm the price of your subscription (including VAT where applicable).
    3. As soon as we process your payment, we will email you and ask you to register.
    4. Once you have registered, Scitation Support will email you to confirm that your subscription has been activated
  • Institutional subscribers:
    1. Please download our licence agreement and return it:
    2. We will contact you when we have received your licence and will confirm the price of your subscription (including VAT where applicable).
    3. Once your payment has been processed, you will receive an email from Scitation Support to confirm that your subscription has been activated
  • Payments

    Payment can be made by one of following methods:

    Cheque – please pay in the currency you were quoted, either US dollars or UK sterling, and send to the address below
    Bank transfer – the Institution of Engineering and Technology bank
    Credit card – we accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express
    Pro Forma Invoice – we can send this by email or post

    If you have a query regarding payments, or would like to pay by Credit Card, please contact Publication Sales:

Can I purchase an individual article online?

Yes. Simply click the ‘Buy This’ button on the abstract page of the article you are interested in. Click ‘Quick Article Buy Online’ to purchase a PDF online with a credit card, or ‘Order Article Offline’ to purchase a print copy of the article from our document delivery service, InfoTrieve. All articles in the IET Digital Library cost $35 (inclusive of VAT).

You will receive an email with the article attached as a PDF, plus a link to the article online, where you can also view the references, and additional information within 24 hours or purchase. The Institution grants you permission to save and print article files for personal reference and use only. If you are obtaining an article on behalf of someone else, you may forward the article to them. Other than this limited use, you may not redistribute, republish, or repost the article on the Internet or other locations, nor may you create extensive or systematic archives of these articles.

For more information on Quick Article Buy, please refer to the DocumentStore FAQ.

How do I access material published prior to 1994?

Articles published prior to 1994 are not currently available in electronic format via the IET Digital Library. The Institution of Engineering and Technology is undertaking a project to digitise the journals backfile from the start of IEE publications in 1872 up to 1993. This material will be made available on IET Digital Library during summer 2006.

If you would like to access a particular article, we suggest you contact your library first to ascertain whether it is contained in the print collections. You can order the article from a document delivery provider such as Infotrieve or alternatively use the Institutions library photocopying service to obtain a copy of the article.

What is E-first?

All IEE Proceedings journals are now published as E-first. Articles are published online as soon as they are individually passed-for-press. Once an issue is complete it is closed, and a new open ‘E-first’ issue is created. Links to ‘advanced articles’ can be found on the journal homepages, and in the listing of available Volume/Issues.

Advanced articles contain the same information as an ordinary article, plus linked references and Inspec indexing where available. They can be cited in the same way as any other article, with the Volume, Issue number and page, plus the DOI.

Can I login with my Institution website username and password?

The Institution of Engineering and Technology website login is not integrated with the IET Digital Library. This website is hosted on the Scitation Platform, provided by AIP, on behalf of the Institution. You will need to register on Scitation, if you wish to use advanced features such as myArticles and myPublications.

Can I access the full-text of articles for free?

Unfortunately access to the full-text of articles is not included in your Institution membership package. However, you can freely browse the table of contents and abstracts of all articles in the IET Digital Library. If you do wish to access the full-text (PDF’s) you will need to either use the ‘Article Quick Buy’, or purchase an online subscription to that particular journal. In addition, Institution members can access full-text articles of magazines via the Industry sector webpages.

As part of a special promotion for 2006, the full text of the Institution’s recently launched titles IEE Proceedings Information Security and IEE Proceedings Intelligent Transport Systems is available free to all IET Digital Library users until the end of 2006.

Will I receive a discounted price for subscriptions?

We do not currently offer discounted prices for electronic subscriptions via IET Digital Library. However, Institution of Engineering and Technology Members may benefit from discounted prices for additional print journal or magazine subscriptions.

Can I access my member magazine on IET Digital Library?

Unforunately only members with a valid online subscription to IET Digital Library will be able to access the full-text (PDF’s) of magazine articles on this site. However, Institution members can freely access full-text articles via the relevant Industry sector. Please ensure you are logged-in on your member account and browse the sector magazines. Institution Members are also entitled to receive any one of the professional magazines as their preferred free print subscription, plus Engineering & Technology.

Which publications do I have full-text access to?

Go to the ‘MyPublications’ link on the top menu, and then click on ‘MySubscriptions’ tab. The publications listed here are those to which you have full-text access, either through your library or through your personal subscription. If a publication is not listed and you believe you should have full-text access, please contact.

Is access complementary with my print subscription?

Access to IET Digital Library is not complementary with a print subscription. However, if you have a combined print and online subscription you will be to able access the full-text of articles and use other site features. Please contact. if you believe you should have access to full-text, but are unable to download PDFs.

Do I still need to register on Scitation to access?

Individual subscribers will be asked to register so your account can be activated. For all other users registration is entirely optional. However, even if you access IET Digital Library through a library subscription, you may still benefit from registering on Scitation. You will be able to use personalisation features such as myArticles, myPublications, manage your table of contents alerts and email articles to colleagues.

Can I access off-campus with my ATHENS login?

No, unfortunately the IET Digital Library does not support ATHENS authentication.

How do I set-up a multiple site subscription?

A single site is a localised site (one geographical location) that is under a single administration. For an organisation with locations in more than one city, each city is considered to be a different site. For an organisation that has multiple locations in the same city that are administered independently, each location is considered to be a different site. If you are seeking online access for multiple sites, please contact the IET Digital Library .

Who do I contact if I’m having technical problems with access?

If you are a individual subscriber and have forgotten either your username or password, please contact:

If you are an institutional subscriber and believe you should have access to full-text but are unable to download PDFs, you can contact Scitation Support at the address above. Alternatively, please email.

How can I update my access details or contact information?

If you would like to add or change your IP address access, or amend your email address or other contact details, please contact IET Digital Library by email .

Browse to the journal you would like to search and click on the ‘Search’ link in the left-hand menu to search only that specific journal. You can use the ‘Search This Issue’ link to search the current journal, or ‘Search all issues’ to search accross the backfile.

Alternatively, if you wish to search a number of specific journal titles, go to the Advanced search page. From here you can select multiple titles from the drop-down menu and perform a search for keywords in the title or abstract, Inspec indexing and classification, or author name.

How can I set-up an email table of contents alert?

Click on the TOC Alerts link to go to the Email Alerts Service Sign-up/Cancel page. You will need to enter your email address and select the journal title(s) you are interested in receiving email table of contents for, plus your preference of either text or HTML format. You will receive an email, which you should reply to with ‘OK’ in the body to confirm. Finally you will be sent an email notifying you that your subscription to the service has been activated. For further information, please consult the TOC Alert FAQ.

How do I save an article in MyArticles?

You can choose and add articles from any HTML Table of Contents or abstract-view page, or from a Search Results page (journal subscribers only). Simply click on the ‘Article Options’ drop-down box, select ‘myArticles’ and click go.
Titles you select are added to a list or “collection” that includes links to the abstract and full-text which can be viewed or downloaded (subscribers only). Each myArticles collection can include as many as 50 articles. The collection is accessible indefinitely, as long as it is accessed at least once in 90 days (collections that are not accessed at least once every 90 days are erased).

Please Note: If you are an existing Scitation user, please login. New users will need to register first before they can use myArticles.

How can I send an article citation to a colleague?

Article collections saved in myArticles as ‘shared’ collections can be emailed to colleagues for use in your collaborative efforts, or to simply share articles of common interest. View the ‘myArticles’ page and from there click on “Manage Collections.”

If the collection you wish to share is a private collection, click on “Make Public”. (You can share only public collections.) Return to the MyArticles page and click on “Email Collection.” You will be prompted for the recipient’s name and email address, and can include a subject line to identify the contents of the email. You can also add a brief message to the recipient.

How can I add journals to MyPublications?

myPublications provides quick access to the publications in which you are interested. You can add or delete from MyPublications any time you are signed in by following these steps:

  • Click on the Add Journals link to bring up a list of available publications.
  • Click in the box to the left of the title to select publications for addition to MyPublications.
  • When you’re finished indicating your choices, click on the “Add Selected” button on the right.

You can also add publications to myPublications from any of the Scitation Browse Publications areas (Browse Alphabetically, Browse by Publisher, or Browse by Category Listing).

How do I search Inspec indexing?

You can search Inspec Indexing or ‘Inspec Thesaurus’ terms or classification code using the drop-down menu on the advanced search page.

If you find an abstract of particular interest, you can click the ‘Additional Information’ link to view the Inspec thesaurus terms and classification codes that apply to the article. Simply copy and paste the terms you wish to search on into the text box, select the appropriate field from the menu and click go.

For example:
Search for “power system protection” in the Inspec Indexing field
Search for “B8140*” in the Inspec Classification Codes field

Each Inspec record is assigned on average 5 to 6 thesaurus terms. Thesaurus Terms are chosen to reflect all of the important concepts in a document using standardised terminology. This allows the searcher to retrieve a concept without knowing all it’s synonyms.

Inspec Classification Codes specify the subject area of a document. At least one Classification Code is assigned for the main subject matter of each record, and additional codes may be assigned for subsidiary subjects.

The Inspec Classification is divided into four main sections:

  • Section A: Physics
  • Section B: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Section C: Computers & Control
  • Section D: Information Technology
  • Section E: Manufacturing & Production Engineering

Where a technique can be utilised in many different subject areas, for example finite element analysis, classification codes can be used to refine the search to a particular area such as mechanical engineering applications. This avoids using many Thesaurus Terms for mechanical engineering to specify the subject area.