Press release

IET’s Inspec database reaches milestone 15 million records

07 April 2015

The renowned Inspec database indexed its milestone 15 millionth record this week.

Created by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), Inspec is one of the world’s most definitive sources of specialised scientific and technical literature. Researchers at nine out of the world’s top 10 universities for engineering and technology use Inspec in their search for answers to global engineering challenges 1.

Inspec’s content coverage has grown by 5 per cent over the past year, indexing the very latest research in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering. Such sustained growth underlines the IET’s commitment to making essential engineering intelligence easily available to an international audience.

The landmark 15 millionth record focuses on biosensor technology. The paper, Biochip technology applied to an automated ABO compatibility test at the patient bedside, centres on the field of blood transfusion, examining the need to improve the bedside pre-transfusion ABO compatibility test, in order to eradicate the serious errors which occur through human error. The authors propose a prototype automated device which demonstrates the easy use of biochip technology to perform this test.

The article, by a team of researchers from Besançon, France, is published in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, published by Elsevier. It joins a timeline of great scientific achievements to have been featured by Inspec over the years, including:

  • 1969 - First man on the moon
  • 1971 - Mars 3 lander becomes first spacecraft to attain soft landing on Mars
  • 1977 - First “home computers” appear on the market
  • 1980 -1984 - Development of 3D printing technologies
  • 1986 - High-temperature superconductivity discovered
  • 1989 - Tim Berners-Lee writes proposal for what would become the World Wide Web
  • 1992 - First confirmed detection of an extrasolar planet
  • 2003 - Graphene first measurably produced and isolated in the lab
  • 2008 - Three Gorges Dam opens - largest operating hydroelectric facility in terms of annual energy generation
  • 2012-2013 - Higgs boson Discovery

Daniel Smith, IET Head of Academic Publishing: “15 million records is a major milestone. Inspec stands out from the crowd as it continues to expand its coverage of the highest quality research, year in year out. Not only do we aim to provide researchers with the information they really want, we also make it easily accessible through rigorous selection and categorisation, minimising time spent. It is our mission at the IET to further the progress of research and innovation, and Inspec plays a highly significant role in this process. This paper is a prime example of leading edge research, which is captured and made available to the world’s research community by Inspec on a timely basis.”

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Notes to editors:

  • 1 The Times Higher Education: World University Rankings by Subject
  • The Inspec database contains 15 million abstracts spanning physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computing, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering. Extended and comprehensive scientific coverage of the database includes over 10 million journal articles, over 4.5 million conference papers, over 14,000 book titles, over 450 open access journals and over 6,500 videos. Inspec has a solid reputation as one of the best and most comprehensive databases for science, engineering, physics and technology research and stands as one of the top research databases of choice amongst the top research universities in the world. For additional information on the Inspec database, visit www.theiet.org/inspec.

  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology is working to engineer a better world. It is one of the world’s largest professional organisations for engineers and technicians with 160,000 members in 127 countries around the world. The IET’s mission is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of engineering intelligence and thought leadership.

  • About Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical and Elsevier: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to covering research and development in the field of chemical sensors, actuators and microsystems.

  • Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier’s Engineering Village is one of 10 platform vendors providing access to Inspec.