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IEEE to Integrate Bell Labs Technical Journal into the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library

A Century of Peer-Reviewed Articles on Information and Communication Technology Now Available in Leading Online Engineering and Technology Library

May 27, 2014 IEEE announced a partnership with Bell Labs, the global research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, to host the Bell Labs Technical Journal (BLTJ) in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The BLTJ is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to promote progress in communications worldwide and includes key research from Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent leaders in the fields of telecommunications, computer science, and engineering. The journal archive, dating to 1922, includes over 6,000 papers.

With the journal’s move to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, the BLTJ has been transitioned from a quarterly print journal to an online journal that will post content focused around highlighting its cutting-edge research. The new content will feature Bell Labs research aimed at delivering solutions that offer ten-fold improvements in information and communications systems and technology, focusing on a wide range of topics from photonics and spatial multiplexing to vectoring to new radio technologies, as well as radical new network and control-plane architectures and software systems.

“IEEE is dedicated to curating a library of cutting-edge content for the engineering community that helps educate and empower them to advance technology for the benefit of humanity,” said Jacek Zurada, Vice President, Technical Activities, IEEE. “In our ongoing commitment to this mission, we are pleased to enhance our collection with nearly a century of peer-reviewed journals that are recognized for significant contributions to advancing information and communications technology.”

The IEEE Xplore Digital Library is also hosting the entire journal archive from the past 92 years, including the Bell System Technical Journal (1922-1983), AT&T Bell Laboratories Technical Journal (1984), and AT&T Technical Journal (1985-1996). Seminal papers in the archives include Shannon’s “A Mathematical Theory of Communication,” which gave birth to Information Theory.  

“The IEEE audience will gain tremendous insights from the new Bell Labs articles as we continue to apply our unique collaborative research approach to answering the great challenges in ICT,” said Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs and Corporate CTO of Alcatel Lucent. “With more than four million technical readers coming to IEEE Xplore each month, this collaboration will introduce a new audience to the discoveries—both old and new—that the  Bell Labs Technical Journal has become so well known for in the last century.”

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, is focused on the biggest technical challenges in information communications technology (ICT). Bell Labs has returned to its research roots by focusing on grand industry challenges that have the potential to change the way the world collaborates, communicates, and connects. It recently announced the Bell Labs Prize to invite outside inventors to participate in its efforts to invent the future.


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