SPIE Announces Three-Year Read and Publish Agreement with BIBSAM

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announces three-year “Read and Publish” agreement with Bibsam Consortium
13 January 2020
SPIE Announces Three-Year Read and Publish Agreement with BIBSAM

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA and CARDIFF, UK - SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is pleased to announce a new three-year "Read and Publish" agreement with the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden.

The three-year agreement, the first "Read and Publish" agreement that SPIE has signed, begins on 1 January 2020. It incorporates read access to all SPIE journals and proceedings in the SPIE Digital Library, comprising more than 500,000 publications. In addition, it includes unlimited open access publishing in SPIE journals with no article-processing fees for authors affiliated with Bibsam-subscribing institutions. The SPIE Digital Library covers topical areas ranging from biomedical optics and neuroscience to physics and astronomy-related technology.

"This new ‘Read and Publish' agreement with SPIE for 2020-2022 continues the journey to open access for participating organisations in the Bibsam Consortium," said Head of National Coordination of Libraries at the National Library of Sweden Anna Lundén. "The agreement gives researchers affiliated with participating organisations unlimited open-access publishing of articles, at no additional cost. This is an important step in the transition towards open science, and we're happy to be the first consortium making this kind of agreement with SPIE."

"We're thrilled to partner with the Bibsam Consortium on this new ‘Read and Publish' deal which will expand the global reach of Swedish optics and photonics research," said Patrick Franzen, SPIE Director of Publications and Platform. "SPIE and Bibsam have a long history of collaboration and we look forward to extending our partnership under this new agreement."


The Bibsam Consortium is operated by the National Library of Sweden. It was formed in 1996 and has 85 active participating institutions including universities, university colleges, and government-funded research institutions. Representatives from the participating organizations form the Bibsam steering committee, which works on strategic issues and policies regarding e-licensing in general and negotiations in particular.

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