Monday, March 10, 2014

Proceedings of Science Fulltexts

    Have you noticed something new about Proceedings of Science articles on INSPIRE-HEP? All of these records now have their fulltexts uploaded with searchable pdfs and references extracted. That's over 10,000 articles!

    Because PoS, which is organized by the International School for Advanced Studies based in Trieste, Italy (SISSA), is an Open Access proceedings collection, INSPIRE is free to distribute its content to all users. You can find out more about PoS from its website:

    The field of HEP is making some big moves in the direction of Open Access this year. Keep an eye out for even more fulltext content on INSPIRE in the near future.

    Are you still learning how to search in INSPIRE? Here are three ways to take a look at the PoS records we have:

    1. In Journals, search for Proceedings of Science or pos.

    Click on the journal title, and then click the link for "Articles in HEP".

    2. Using SPIRES-style searching type find j pos in the simple search (default search) box.

    3. Using Invenio-style searching type journal:pos in the simple search box.

    More tips for searching in specific journals can be found here:

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Incorrect references are now easier to fix

    Spotted incorrect or missing references on INSPIRE? Now it is easier for you to let us know about such things as we simplified our reference correction form.

    Here’s how it works: Once you check the references of a paper, the tab offers you an “Update these references link” to update and correct them as needed.

    Then you have three options.

    • If there is a revised arXiv version with an updated reference list, you simply need to click this option and submit.
    • If the published version has an updated reference list, in the second step please paste the reference list.
    • If there are some references that have not been correctly identified, please provide detailed corrections in the second step.

    In case there are no references added so far, you can just paste the whole reference list in an empty text field.

    We’d also appreciate it if you would add a link to a pdf version of the paper. This will make identifying the references much easier and, thus, also much faster. For the first option this is not necessary.

    After you submit your corrections, the INSPIRE team will review them before updating. You will receive a notification once they have been processed. We will look at your corrections as soon as possible, but depending on the number of requests it might take several days.

    If you have any issues or suggestions about the form, please email us at

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    Interested in improving INSPIRE?

    INSPIRE has always relied on your feedback to understand what is significant to you.

    In 2013 several hundred INSPIRE users replied to a feedback survey. We learnt a lot on what you find important and what you wish was better. We have already improved things based on your suggestions.

    We are now looking for volunteers to test some of the next features on INSPIRE.

    Recently we started conducting such usability testing sessions as we want to involve you more in the development.

    At this time we are working on face-to-face testing. If you are based at CERN, and are willing to take a moment to contribute, we would be more than happy to hear from you at

    If you are based elsewhere - we will be soon conducting online testing sessions, too. Let us know if you would like to take part:

    Spend your coffee break with us to improve INSPIRE!

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Topcites 2013 Edition

    We are pleased to announce the 2013 edition of the Topcites lists.

    It comes as no surprise that the Higgs discovery papers sit atop the list of topcited articles in 2013. They appear right after the Review of Particle Properties, of course, which has almost twice as many citations. The descriptions of the ATLAS and CMS detectors follow later in the list. Overall it has been an exciting time in experimental physics these past couple of  years; 7 hep-ex papers, 5 from 2012 and 2 from 2011 appear. In addition to the Higgs papers there are 4 neutrino papers and the Heavy Flavor Averaging Group's report. Keeping with this trend, the list also includes 6 papers on observational  cosmology and one on the search for dark matter.

    On the theoretical side the influence of experiment is strongly felt. The 10 topcited hep-ph papers are largely focused on data analysis and simulation. Along with theses goes the original Randall-Sundrum paper on extra dimensions which has been cited by over 300 CERN and Fermilab experimental papers in its lifetime.

    In the world of formal theory, 4 of the 5 hep-th papers are the now classic papers on the AdS/CFT correspondence, newly relevant to heavy ion collisions, and the fifth is a review on dark energy.

    The recent discovery at CERN makes the 1964 papers of Higgs, Englert and Brout, which won their authors the Nobel Prize for 2013, appear for the second year in a row. The other papers from before the eprint era cover cosmology, black-hole radiation and neutrino mass (including Minkowski's sleeping beauty).

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    Twitter feeds and Blogs now listed in HEPNames

    Blogs and Twitter feeds are an increasingly important means of communication for the HEP community. Whether it is the casual thoughts and observations of an individual or the official communications of an experimental collaboration, these modern avenues provide a nice background briefing to help us make sense of the official literature and keep up with the latest developments we may otherwise miss.

    Following suggestions from some of you,  INSPIRE recognizes the importance of this and we've begun to add this information to our records. See HEPNames for a list of links to tweets and blogs from the community, EXPERIMENTS for the Twitter feeds of the collaborations and INSTITUTIONS to keep up with news from your favorite HEP labs. You'll find these links on the Orange Boxes on the right hand side of INSPIRE.

    Do you know of any we're missing? Contact us at

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    INSPIRE adjusts astro-ph selection, all of cosmology is in

    Recently in consultation with our Advisory Board we changed how we select astro-ph articles from arXiv, to optimize collection of the content our community needs.

    Since then we have been analysing the results of the new selection process and listening to your feedback. As a result, we are making an important adjustment to the selection policy to better suit your needs. 

    As of the past Friday, we are again harvesting 100% of astro-ph.CO content. This eliminates the possibility of missing relevant papers. We will soon fill in any cosmology content that was not added to INSPIRE in the past few weeks.  We are working to provide the most accurate and comprehensive citation data, so no articles and citations are lost.

    INSPIRE will now add content from a subset of astro-ph that is relevant to our community:

    1. astro-ph.HE  in its entirety

    2. astro-ph.CO in its entirety

    3. All pre-prints which are cross-listed to astro-ph.HE and astro-ph.CO, as well as astro-ph preprints from other sub-categories which are cross-listed to any of the core INSPIRE categories

    4. As always the case, articles relevant to HEP will be added on a case-by-case basis. 

    Astro-ph authors should also be aware that because INSPIRE's focus is HEP, our automated tools are slightly less effective at correctly attributing astro-ph articles to their authors, and extracting all the references. 

    Consequently, we would like to call on astro-ph authors to ‘claim’ these articles in their profiles (check here) and submit corrections via the reference correction form if any references need improvement.

    As always, we will keep an eye on the results, and make sure we are making optimal use of our resources to provide the best service possible for our user community. 

    We apologize for any confusion or concern during the pilot phase and we are most grateful to the community in supporting the way we adjust our services. We are eager to receive your feedback as we work together to make INSPIRE always better.

    The INSPIRE Management Team

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    INSPIRE service upgrade

    We prepared for a major infrastructure update and roll-out of software improvements. We try to make the switch as seamless as possible. Thus, tomorrow Wednesday 23rd October, from 9 am – 5 pm CEST, INSPIRE will be upgraded. Searching will not be affected. However, other services will not be available during the update. These include job postings, conference submissions and all activities related to the author profile pages.

    After this INSPIRE will be back to full and even better service including e.g. new author pages (watch for an upcoming blog post).

    Our apologies for the inconvenience this may cause!