Society Spotlights: December 2008

Three societies unveil new offerings

5 December 2008

IEEE Electron Devices Society
To join:
Membership: 1100
Established: 1951

The society has launched a new free question-and-answer service, QuestEDs, to answer questions about electron devices and how to find articles about the field. Simply type in your question at, enter your contact information, and an expert will respond within two weeks. Only society members may ask questions, but anyone may view the questions and answers.

The society has also created an updated DVD package, which complements its archival DVD collection. The update package includes articles from 2004 to 2007 from four publications: Transactions on Electron Devices, Electron Device Letters, the EDS Newsletter, and digests of the International Electron Devices Meeting.

IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society
To join:
Membership: 10 230
Established: 1997

The society has revamped its Web site, which debuts this month. The site will offer a comprehensive list of society-sponsored meetings and will also include conference dates and locations and manuscript submission deadlines.

The society is also morphing the SSCS Newsletter into the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine, which will launch with the 2009 winter issue. Like the newsletter, the magazine will continue to cover fundamental theories and practical advances in the field of integrated circuits but will also feature articles written by industry and academic leaders covering historical milestones and current trends. Going beyond the format of the newsletter, the magazine will offer tutorials, special interest pieces, and bibliographies.

IEEE Lasers & Electro-Optics Society
To join:
Membership: 6840
Established: 1977

The society is launching the IEEE Photonics Journal, coming out in 2009. The bimonthly, public-access, online-only publication will publish peer-revised research in all areas of photonics, including biophotonics, engineered photonic structures, nanophotonics, optical-date storage, optical sensors, and photonics materials. Authors can opt to pay a fee to make their papers available to the public for free. 

The goal of the publication is to cover a wide scope of information, including areas that have not been well represented by the society’s other publications. Three other IEEE societies and councils will act as sponsors for the journal: the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the Nanotechnology Council, and the Consumer Electronics Society.

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