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Open Access in SPIE Publications

Open access publications and free content from SPIE are provided to promote knowledge transfer, education, and awareness of technology and industry developments in optics and photonics.

Open Access


SPIE Journals

Some SPIE journal papers are published with open access under a Creative Commons license. Authors have the choice to publish with open access for a flat fee, or under access control at no cost. The SPIE Journals open access page provides details on this program.

Open Access


ETOP - Education and Training in Optics & Photonics Conference

Papers presented at a biennial conference that brings together educators from around the world to share information about the practice of teaching optics at all levels.

Free Content

SPIE Professional online

SPIE delivers to Members the quarterly print magazine SPIE Professional, with articles covering optics industry reports, technology overviews, career and education advice, and entrepreneurial profiles. These articles are now freely available online. 

The Evolution of Scientific Knowledge: From Certainty to Uncertainty

SPIE is making this title freely available as an ebook. A softcover version is available for purchase in the online bookstore.

Photonics: Technical applications of light - infographics

The English version of the infographic book, created by SPECTARIS and other industry sponsors in Germany, covering basic photonics concepts. 

SPIE Newsroom

Optics and photonics industry news and technical articles written by experts and organized by topical interest areas. Includes more than 2000 technical articles.

Fundamentals of Photonics

Tutorial modules written by experts in the photonics field with the support of the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD) and Scientific and Technological Education in Optics and Photonics (STEP).


A growing resource of encyclopedic articles on key topics in optics and photonics. All of the information, equations, and graphs were originally published in SPIE Press books.

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