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OSA Library Resource Center

Welcome to the new OSA Library Resource Center. Recognizing your need to have data at your finger tips, we have developed some critical resources to help you better manage your subscriptions to OSA publications. These resources include access to COUNTER compliant and other related usage statistics, your current account information, access to your institution's subscription history, as well as a view into the personalized My InfoBase service as seen by your patrons.

Should you have any questions about your institution's subscriptions or require any assistance with this service center, please do not hesitate to contact us at elec@osa.org or +1.202.416.1901.

Research Tools for Your Patrons

Search and Navigation
  • Dynamic table of contents. The online journal tables of contents can now be sorted by topic or by page number. The table of contents can also be filtered to view articles for just one topic at a time.
  • Cross-journal table of contents. One of our newest features is a consolidated thematic table of contents for all recent OSA journal articles. Look for additional enhancements in 2009.
  • Enhanced conference navigation. Now researchers can browse through OSA Conference Papers by year and session name.
  • Faceted search results. Search results are now organized by topical OCIS category and journal. Users can click on the organization criteria (the "facets") to filter their search results.
  • Breadcrumb navigation. All Optics InfoBase and online journal pages now have breadcrumb navigation to orient readers and provide quick access to other locations of the site.
  • Author search. Researchers can quickly lookup all papers published by a particular author in the Optics InfoBase simply by clicking on an author name from the abstract page.
  • Simple search, fielded search, quick lookup. A new search interface appears on every online journal page for quick access to simple, advanced, and other types of searches. Searches may be run for specific titles, across titles, and even external to the Optics InfoBase.
Exporting and Saving Citations

OSA now offers reference export to popular reference management software formats. Items selected from a table of contents page, abstract page, or search results in Optics InfoBase or in an OSA online journal can be exported to BibTeX (see OSA guidelines for submitting LaTeX), RIS (see our templates page for EndNote style), Rich Text, or Plain Text format.

The "save to personal library" feature is also available for Optics InfoBase users with My InfoBase accounts.

Free Personalization Features - My InfoBase

Saved Searches. The Saved Search alerts may be tailored based on a variety of fields, including journal name, author, or keyword. Receive customized alerts via e-mail or RSS feeds. In essence, Create Your Own Journal.

Table of Contents Alerts. Register and receive an e-mail alert for complete journal issues.

Personal Library. Similar to a virtual journal, this feature allows you to organize selected articles by topic for easy reference in the future.

Top-downloaded Articles & Related Content

Top-downloaded articles. Our InfoBase reader survey shows that people value information about how others are using OSA journal content. Most popular is lists of top-downloaded articles, which we now display on each online journal page for the previous month.

Forward reference linking. OSA has added external forward citation links to show which articles across publishers cite the article being viewed. Forward citation linking is available for all OSA journals going back to 1917.

Related journal and proceedings articles. Now each abstract page displays related OSA content arranged by source journal as well as topic.

OSA is constantly updating our interface to improve your patrons' experience with our journals. New features, and enhancements coming in 2011 include: (from the catalog)

  • Create custom journals with a new user-friendly interface
  • Watch videos of editors and authors describing their research
  • Search by author affiliation, Table of Contents category, and other new criteria
  • Read HTML articles optimized for your mobile device
  • Social bookmarking, E-mail a colleague.
  • Tabbed display of content on abstract pages is easy to navigate, and allows you clearly find and use features you value most.