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Mobile Search of IEEE Xplore ® Digital Library Now Available

23 November 2009 – IEEE has launched its first mobile version of the IEEE Xplore digital library. You can now easily perform searches anywhere, anytime of over two million documents via any mobile device with Internet access. IEEE is actively searching for feedback of this new Beta service. Go to http://m.ieeexplore.ieee.org on any internet-enabled mobile device, try the new site, and provide your feedback via the link at the bottom of the Web page.

Using IEEE Xplore® Mobile Beta, users can conduct a basic search, display the top 10 results by relevancy, and view abstracts and citations. To view the full-text of an article, the user can email the link to any email address and, if they are a subscriber, view the article directly from the main IEEE Xplore Web site when they are on their personal computer. Non-subscribers can purchase the article or subscribe to the IEEE Xplore digital library.

Other enhancements will debut in 2010 based on feedback from the Beta users.
 

“The growing popularity of using mobile devices for Internet access was a key motivation driving the development of the mobile version,” according to Anthony Durniak, IEEE Publications Staff Director. “IEEE Xplore users now conduct an average of 200,000 searches a day and in 2008 made an average of seven million downloads a month or 230,000 a day – up 60 percent from 2004.  If we are to continue that kind of growth we need to be able to answer our user's questions wherever they are."

In the U.S. alone, use of mobile Internet access more than doubled between January 2008 and 2009, according to Internet market intelligence firm ComScore.

Another impetus for the mobile search option is the popularity of IEEE content.  In recent studies by 1790 Analytics LLC, IEEE journals and conference proceedings received more than 117,000 patent citations — nearly 3.5 times the number of citations of any other publisher.

Two million engineers, scientists, students and other technology professionals worldwide have access to IEEE’s 144 journals, transactions, and magazines through individual and institutional subscriptions. In 2008, a record number of authors contributed 171,000 articles – 82 percent more than in 2004. There are also more than 4,300 customer sites, worldwide, accessing IEEE electronic subscription packages -- three times more than just five years ago.