Monday, September 30, 2013

Changes: coverage of astro-ph preprints in INSPIRE

The Astronomy, Astrophysics and HEP communities have long relied on arXiv, ADS and INSPIRE for their communication. ADS has been tailored to the needs of the Astronomy and Astrophysics communities, and INSPIRE emerges from the HEP community. All three communities use arXiv to distribute preprints.

INSPIRE currently lists all astro-ph preprints appearing in arXiv. However, most of them are not immediately relevant to the HEP community and we do not provide additional services such as author disambiguation, affiliations, reference curation, conference information, etc. for these preprints.

Starting on the 1st of October, INSPIRE will only add a relevant subset of astro-ph:

1. astro-ph.HE [High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena] in its entirety, including cross-listings

2. For the rest of astro-ph, as for all other arXiv subcategories outside the CORE categories (see, we will take eprints cross-listed to the CORE categories.

3. We will also take care to cover articles on dark matter and dark energy, as well as articles by the Planck Collaboration. Other articles relevant to HEP will be added on a case-by-case basis. For example, in the astro-ph.CO category [Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics], roughly 50% of the publications are HEP-related and will be added to INSPIRE. 
We hope this will make it easier for users to find relevant content. Our friends at ADS will continue to be the natural port of call for those users who need a deeper analysis of Astronomy and Astrophysics content, and we are working behind the scenes to better integrate the services of our two systems.


  1. Hi,

    I think this is really not a good idea (mildly phrased)! I have used spires for al my scientific live (which is a couple of decades by now) and I am working in both fields (cosmology and particle physics). If you are not tracking all the papers anymore that come to astro-ph, it will make it very difficult for me to do my literature search on spires. This is hugely disappointing. I urge you to reconsider this and at least track all the papers on astro-ph.CO -- who is going to decide what is relevant for HEP and what not? Do we need to stick in key words to the abstract ...?

    I really hope you will go back on this decision.

    Thanks in advance, Katrin Heitmann

    1. Dear Katrin,

      thank you for your feedback.

      Based on yours and your colleagues messages, we decided to revise the astro-ph collection policy to better suit users’ needs.

      Now all cosmology is included. You can check for details here:

      Please continue sending us your comments on INSPIRE. That way we are able to improve the service.

      Thank you again and if you have any other concerns, please let us know.

      INSPIRE team