IET’s Inspec Database Adds 13 Millionth Record

Press Release

11 October 2012

Leading database for science, engineering and technology research passes 13M milestone with significant healthcare technology paper

Inspec provides access to intelligence from across the world with over 700,000 new records added each year and fully searchable archive spanning over 100 years

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today announced that Inspec, its database indexing cutting-edge science and engineering research, has reached 13 million records. Cementing Inspec’s position as one of the most extensive sources of engineering research in the world, the milestone has been hit with an important piece of medical technology research, highlighting the IET’s commitment to making essential, high quality scientific and technological intelligence available worldwide.

The paper, Quantitative assessments of geometric errors for rapid prototyping in medical applications, looks at the geometric accuracy of Rapid Prototyping models, a major issue in medical applications, and proposes an innovative new method to measure accuracy. The article is authored by a team of researchers from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile, and has just appeared in ISI-ranked  Rapid Prototyping Journal, published by Emerald Group Publishing.

Daniel Smith, head of academic publishing at the IET, explains: “Inspec is as much to do with the quality of content, from journal articles, conference proceedings, books and video, as the quantity of its records. 13 million is a significant milestone for us but what defines Inspec is that the research indexed by the database is of the highest quality and is driving innovation in its specific industry. For example to ensure the articles being selected are of the highest relevance and are being categorised correctly, our team is made up of subject specialists not simply indexing experts. It’s that dual focus on providing quality information whilst continually expanding the database that our subscribers rely on.”

In addition to the quality of content made available, Inspec has worked to ensure its database provides precisely the kind of service its subscribers expect. Unlike free web sources, Inspec’s indexing takes into account everything from chemical substance to numerical data, making searches far more precise and allowing researchers to drill down and retrieve specific information far quicker than previously possible.

“Scientists and engineers from all over the world search Inspec to find quality intelligence which can aid their own research,” added Smith. “This saves time and money, and of course accelerates research activities. Furthermore that kind of knowledge sharing is vital if we are to continue to help in driving research and ultimately, leading scientific and technological innovation.”


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About the IET

IET’s Inspec database, research journals and books provide a wealth of research and information in the areas of engineering and technology.  The portfolio of research and letters journals and monographs (print and e-Book) in electronics, electrical engineering and related subjects are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests and magazines.  The IET Inspec database contains 13 million abstract and indexing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical reports and other literature in the fields of science and technology.  As a membership organisation, the IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries and is a source of essential engineering intelligence.

For more information, visit www.theiet.org

About Emerald

Emerald Group Publishing Limited is a global scholarly publisher, with over 40 years’ publishing experience. Emerald manages a portfolio of over 290 journals, more than 2,000 books and book series volumes, as well as an extensive range of online products and services.

Emerald is both COUNTER 3 and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.

For more information, visit www.emeraldinsight.com