The International Society for Optics and Photonics and ACCUCOMS extend collaboration to MENA

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Leiden, The Netherlands – ACCUCOMS has expanded its relationship with SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics by representing the SPIE Digital Library in MENA in addition to its already established agreements in India and Eastern Europe. The agreement is effective 1 January 2018, said Simon Boisseau, Commercial Director at ACCUCOMS.  

More than 469,000 research papers and 320 ebooks from the SPIE Press are published in the SPIE Digital Library, making it the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research. Approximately 18,000 new articles and 25 ebooks are added each year.

“We look forward to expanding our relationship with ACCUCOMS having already worked with them in India and Eastern Europe. We are confident that their expertise in the Middle East will aid us in ensuring affordable access to our publications to the greatest number of researchers possible,” Marybeth Manning said. “Access to information improves education, economic opportunities, and social welfare, and this agreement paves the way to substantially increasing that access.”

In MENA, ACCUCOMS Commercial Manager EMEA Eyad Mohammad, will oversee contacts for SPIE.  “Glad to add SPIE to publisher’s portfolio of MENA region. Their unique content aims to advance light-based technologies which goes along with the massive developments taking place across MENA region, feeding academic, corporate and government sectors. I am positive SPIE will be an answer to many librarian needs and decision makers in many relevant sectors”

Technical articles in the SPIE Digital Library include conference proceedings from 1962 through its most recent events, and articles from the society publisher’s 10 peer-reviewed scholarly journals:

  • Optical Engineering
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging (with IS&T)
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics
  • Journal of Micro/Nanolithography,MEMS, and MOEMS
  • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
  • Journal of Nanophotonics
  • Journal of Photonics for Energy
  • Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
  • Journal of Medical Imaging
  • Neurophotonics

“Since its inception in 2003, the SPIE Digital Library has provided the research and development community with vetted content available online. Enhanced with personalized services that include reference linking, e-mail alerts, individual article collection folders for researchers, download activity tracking, and co-branding for librarians,” Manning said.

Through the ‘e-First’ publishing program, individual articles from journal issues and proceedings volumes are published electronically in the SPIE Digital Library. ‘e-First’ ensures that they are available for subscribers as rapidly as possible.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, an educational not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based science, engineering, and technology. The Society serves nearly 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, offering conferences and their published proceedings, continuing education, books, journals, and the SPIE Digital Library. In 2017, SPIE provided more than $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.


ACCUCOMS is the leading independent provider of services to academic and professional publishers around the world. With its headquarters based in the Netherlands, the company operates in five continents, covering North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, India, South Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia.

ACCUCOMS’ multilingual teams offer efficient and intelligent representation, telesales and business intelligence services as well as user interaction programs to clients that range from large publishing houses to specialist society publishers. In 2016 ACCUCOMS launched Aggregagent, a new way of thinking about collection sales and changing the big deal scene in the industry.


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