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 Summary Sheet


Producer: The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK
File Size: More than 18.5 million citations (04/2018)
Updates:  Weekly
File Type:Bibliographic
ContentEngineering, physics, electronics, computing
STN Easy:Yes

The Information Service for Physics, Electronics, and Computing database contains citations with abstracts to worldwide physics, electronics and electrical engineering, computers and control engineering, and information technology literature. INSPEC corresponds to Physics Abstracts, Electrical & Electronics Abstracts, Computer and Control Abstracts, and Business Automation. Sources include journals, serials, conference proceedings, books, and reports. Additionally, coverage includes journals that are available in electronic form. Bibliographic information, indexing terms, abstracts, property information, and element terms are all searchable. An online thesaurus is available for the Controlled Term (/CT) and Physical Properties (/PHP) fields. A learning file, LINSPEC, is available.
The INSPEC file also includes an archive from 1898-1968. This archive provides access to Science Abstracts Journals from 1898-1968, and contains over 873,700 records with tables, graphs and figures from the original source document in many cases, the original value-added indexing and classifications, as well as enhancements in the form of the nearest equivalent current Inspec Thesaurus terms and Inspec Classification Codes.


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Michael Faraday House, Six Hills Way
Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AY, U.K.
Phone: +44 1438 313311 (general)
Phone: +44 1438 767279 (Help Desk)
Fax: +44 1438 767339
Email: inspec(at)theiet(dot)org

Copyright Holder

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is registered as a Charity in England & Wales (no 211014) and Scotland (no SC038698).”


For North, South and Central America:
379 Thornall Street
Edison, NJ 08837 USA
Phone: +1 732 321 5575
Fax: +1 732 321 5702
Email: inspec(at)inspecinc(dot)com

Usage Terms

The following database producer's special conditions for use of his database(s) apply to your use of the INSPEC file on STN.

I. General Part

1. Scope
Section 2 to 4 of these conditions apply to all databases offered via STN Karlsruhe as far as no differing regulations are specified under II. Special Part.

2. Customers
A customer is an individual or an institution (i.e. a legal body such as a university, public authority, company) for whom online access has been ordered.

3. Search Results
All rights are reserved. Search results delivered online or offline are only for internal (own) use of the customer. No written permission of the database producer is required if search results delivered to the customer in computer-readable form are used only for internal purposes of the customer, i.e. printed, processed, modified, or linked with other data (e.g. for creating a database). The customer must observe the copyright of the database producer.

Enter HELP SHARETERMS for detailed information on the STN Information Keep & Share Program, which allows Recipients to purchase the right to archive and / or redistribute search results from STN databases for internal re-use. Or, visit the STN Information Keep & Share Program.

Results from searches carried out by the customer on request, or on behalf of individuals or institutions (see under 2.) outside his own institution (third parties) may only be given to them for explicit internal use.
The transmitted search results must include the database producer's copyright. For safety purposes, the customer may keep a copy of the results obtained from a search carried out for third parties.
The customer must obtain database producer's specific written permission for any further uses of search results obtained for third parties, particularly for the transmission of search results in electronic form or their distribution in hardcopy, e.g. sale, loan, license, or free charge.
The customer must do his/her best efforts in preventing a theft or inadvertent illicit dissemination of the records.

4. Warranty and Liability
The database producers shall use their best efforts to deliver correct information in their databases, however, they do not accept warrenty and liability for completeness, accuracy and timeliness unless set out differently in II. Special Part.

II. Special Part

INSPEC data may not be duplicated in hard-copy or machine-readable form without written authorisation from the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, except that limited reproduction of printed output up to twenty-five (25) copies is permitted for distribution within the customer organisation only. Under no circumstances may copies made under this provision be offered for resale.