Last week, CERN had the pleasure of hosting a week-long meeting that brought together international members of the INSPIRE Collaboration from CERN (Switzerland), DESY (Germany), Fermilab (USA), IHEP (China) and IN2P3 (France). This group of experts convened to discuss the future strategy and improvements for INSPIRE, and how it can continue to serve the high-energy physics community as a one-stop information service for literature, conferences, seminars, institutions, journals, researchers, experiments, jobs and data.

The meeting began with introductions and an overview of INSPIRE’s current impact and objectives. The focus then shifted to more technical sessions, discussing sustainability, automation, and crowd-sourcing ideas. Midweek, the team shifted to strategic planning, developing a priority roadmap for INSPIRE’s future with input from all colleagues. The final day summarised discussions, solidified action plans, prioritised key initiatives, assigned roles and responsibilities, and set an implementation timeline, collectively committing to advancing INSPIRE’s evolution.

We left the meeting not only with actionable plans but also with a deeper sense of camaraderie and mutual respect. As we move forward, we are excited to implement these improvements and continue our mission to support and advance the field of high-energy physics. Stay tuned for updates and new features as we work together to build a brighter future for our research community.

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We encourage everyone to share their thoughts and feedback. Your input is crucial as we strive to enhance our tool and better serve your needs. Drop us a request via our Service Portal.

In order to fulfill user requests more efficiently and better comply with data privacy requirements, we have migrated to a new support tool.

The primary method to contact us now goes through a form allowing us to collect more structured feedback, and it remains possible to perform many common operations yourselves. Head to our “contact us” help page (also linked from the footer of the main website) for more information.

In the past, we were primarily processing support requests by email at,,, etc. These email addresses are no longer active and new messages sent there will not receive a reply.

In INSPIRE, reference lists are automatically extracted from papers and processed in order to track citations. While this process is fairly reliable, sometimes references are not recognized properly and the corresponding citation is not captured.

Previously, if you noticed incorrect references, you had to open a support ticket to inform the INSPIRE support staff that changes needed to be made, which was a somewhat tedious process for both parties. While this option remains available for more complex cases, if only a few references are recognized incorrectly, you can now fix the issue yourself by logging in with your ORCID account and clicking on the “edit” button next in the reference list.

You can refer to our documentation for more details. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

The Proceedings of the 2021 US Community Study on the Future of Particle Physics (Snowmass 2021) is now available at .

Snowmass is a series of meetings that take place every few years, during which the US particle physics community discusses the future of the field with regards to the science, technology, infrastructure, and people. The conclusions of these discussions serve as community input for the strategic plan of US high energy physics research. See Chris Quigg’s paper How to Snowmass for more information about the philosophy of the Snowmass meetings.

INSPIRE gives access to historical Snowmass meetings on the planning of the future of particle physics in the US. To find past proceedings, go to INSPIRE conferences and search for”SNOWMASS”.

We apologize for the unexpected downtime of INSPIRE over the past weekend. The site is not generally staffed on weekends, so it took us longer than usual to identify and fix the issue.

Thank you to all our users for bringing the problems with the site to our attention. INSPIRE is now back to normal, and we are taking steps to prevent the same issue from happening in the future.

There are two pieces of information we’d like to communicate related to the availability of INSPIRE during this winter.

  • From 21 Dec 2022 to 4 Jan 2023, the INSPIRE team will work on a reduced schedule and it will take a bit longer than usual to address your requests.
  • Due to the strained European electricity supply following the war in Ukraine, we have been informed that the CERN Data Centre hosting the INSPIRE infrastructure might face power outages during extended periods of time. Although such events are unlikely, we advise you to anticipate your needs as much as possible and not take the availability of the service for granted right before a deadline.

The INSPIRE Team wishes you all the best for the season and a happy new year!

Full-text searching is now available in Literature for more than 710,000 records that have PDF files stored in INSPIRE. To use this type of search, be sure to include either the operator “ft” or “fulltext” before the word or phrase you want to search, e.g.:

It can be combined with our other index terms, e.g. a penrose and ft twistor.

Phrase searching is also available, e.g. ft “Chiral Symmetry Breaking”.

Screenshot of results for a literature search for [ ft "Chiral Symmetry Breaking" ] in INSPIRE

The first record returned by this search does not include the phrase “chiral symmetry breaking” in the title or abstract, but rather within the text of the paper.

Cropped screenshot of a paragraph of text in a pdf paper. The words "chiral symmetry breaking" are highlighted in green.

Note that full-text search cannot be performed on records for which full-text is unavailable on INSPIRE. The database indexes the metadata of some papers and books for which we do not have access to a pdf. Additionally, leaving out the search operators will only search the metadata of records, such as titles, abstracts, authors, etc. Compare the results of fulltext “quark decay” with the results of “quark decay”.

For feature requests, please fill in your feedback here. For any other request, you can contact us at <>.

In INSPIRE, processes automatically assign papers to author profiles based on ID and name-matching algorithms. Unfortunately, no system of name matching is perfect, and sometimes papers do not end up in the correct author profiles. INSPIRE now provides a tool that allows you to claim or remove authorship for the papers in your INSPIRE author profile. Claiming authorship for papers that are in another author’s profile is also possible.

Be sure to have your ORCID and INSPIRE author profile, then you’re on your way!

These 2 short, easy to follow, KB’s will guide you:

All your claimed papers will be exported to ORCID after you have enabled this in your author profile, see KB ‘Export your INSPIRE works to ORCID’.

If you have any questions or suggestions, drop us an email at

Monday 28th June 2021 marks a milestone for INSPIRE.

After 10 years of successful operation, the old INSPIRE is switching off.

In March 2020, the new INSPIRE replaced the old user interface and on June 28th 2021 the old interface will be completely removed, as announced earlier in the year. This operation will allow the development team to focus on new features and to improve the quality of the INSPIRE metadata.

  • More features are coming up, like fulltext search and claiming your own papers. 
  • Citation counts may differ between the old and the new INSPIRE platform due to technical differences in the way citing and cited records are connected. Citation counts are more accurate on the new platform as we fixed several issues affecting the old system.
  • You can find search tips in using the new INSPIRE here.


During this transition period, please send new feature requests here. For any other request, you can contact us at <>.

Have you ever updated your author profile and had to wait for the changes to be approved? This is no longer the case!

In the past, any edit in your author profile needed to be approved by the INSPIRE team for quality assurance purposes. With your ORCID login, you can now edit your profile and view the changes immediately. All edits are reviewed by the INSPIRE team and further updates might be necessary to ensure the content quality of the INSPIRE database.

Note that you can only edit the profile associated with your ORCID.

How it works

1. Login to INSPIRE

2. Go to your profile:

3. Click on the Edit button

4. Fill in the form and Submit

Your changes are immediately visible in your profile!


The High-Energy Physics community’s feedback has always been part of shaping and improving INSPIRE. Stay tuned for upcoming features here.

For feature requests, please fill in your feedback here. For any other request, you can contact us at <>.