IEEE Communications Society Offers New Ways to Find Articles

Two free services keep readers updated on latest research

18 November 2011
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It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with the latest published research. That’s why the IEEE Communications Society recently introduced two free services that make it easier to find new papers faster.

The Publications Contents Digest is a handy guide that contains the tables of contents of all 14 periodicals the society sponsors, including IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Network Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

“The digest offers readers a rapid way to survey and access the latest peer-reviewed papers from our society," says Jack Howell, executive director of the Communications Society.

The tables of contents of each month’s periodicals are compiled in the digest. Each article’s title is a link that brings the reader to the abstract in the IEEE Xplore digital library. The digest is available online or downloaded as a PDF file that maintains the link.

For its other new service, Tech Focus, the society partnered with sponsors to provide free access to complete articles on a particular topic that appeared in the society’s journals and conference proceedings, as well as in IEEE Communications Magazine. Avago Technologies is sponsoring articles on RF amplifier technology, and Academic Press provides access to papers on mobile broadband communications. To read those papers, users just have to fill out a registration form that asks their contact information.

Without the sponsorship, those who don’t already subscribe to the publication where the article appeared would have to pay a fee to download each paper, Howell says. Avago and Academic Press pay the fees instead.

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