A compendium of news related to SLAC-SPIRES databases. Maintained by H. Galic

Dec 31, 1995
The 1995/96 edition of the document describing top-cited HEP articles has been posted at: http://www-spires.slac.stanford.edu/find/top40.html. The document has three parts: a list of journal papers with the most citations in the last three years, a list of the most-cited e-prints, and a list of all-time HEP favorites. The results are based on the number of citations in the HEP(PREPRINT) database. Enjoy!

July 17, 1995
At long last: some progress with the form interface for the HEP database. Mark Lakata, from UC Berkeley, prepared a form page based on SPIFACE. If you have a browser that can handle forms, please check Mark's page, at http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/form/lblhep1.html. Try also a slightly revised version of Mark's form at: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/form/hepspif.html (this one is by Chris Spenner). This is still in a very experimental stage, and your input to: library@slac.stanford.edu, is welcome. [Updated on July 20, 1995]

July 10, 1995
Ever wanted to restrict a search in the HEP database to published articles only? (Our definition of 'published' denotes journal articles, but does not cover papers printed in e.g., books or proceedings). This is now possible! Simply add '... AND PS PUBLISHED' to your search request. For example,


The term PUBLISHED may be shortened to P ('... AND PS P'). We keep adding features to our databases, but rarely hear your reactions. It took two people ten weekends to make the above-described searching possible. Do you find it useful? Do you have some other suggestions or comments? Write to: library@slac.stanford.edu

July 3, 1995
Here is another try on 'forms search' for our BOOKS, or CONFERENCES, or INSTITUTIONS, or HEPNAMES (e-mail addresses) databases. The forms are based on Tony Johnson's SPIFACE interface, and prepared by Christopher Spenner. If you like forms, check also the other (still) highly experimental SPIRES forms.

June 26, 1995
As many of you know, SLAC has been providing postscript versions of high-energy physics related e-prints since January 1993. During that time more than 15,000 postscript files were created from (LaTeX) sources. Effective June 30, 1995, SLAC will stop the e-print processing, because the postscript of new and old e-prints is now available directly from the xxx.lanl.gov e-print archives (as of June 1). To view and/or print an e-print, select the Los Alamos link in the HEP-database output, and then use the 'Postscript' pointer. Find more information about the change here.

March 15, 1995
Two new Web formats for the HEP database are now available: WWWBRIEF, and WWWSIG. The first one may be useful if you are preparing a list of publications. It shows a basic bibliographic information, but doesn't have all the additional pointers, e.g., to list of topics, citations, etc. By 'selecting' any of the title words in the WWWBRIEF display you can bring up the full (default) display. The second new format (WWWSIG) is useful if you are pointing to a SPIRES result from your own Web page. Technically speaking, this format doesn't produce the IsIndex markup, and thus, unlike the default WWW format, doesn't open the 'search' or 'find' windows on your browser. In the following examples the same search result is presented by using the default, WWWBRIEF, and WWWSIG formats.


February 27, 1995
A SPIRES-based list of HEP institutions with Web servers is available now as an additional tool to help you 'surfing' the Internet. The list, as you may expect, is far from being complete, but you are invited to help us keeping it as accurate and up to date as possible. If we are missing a Web server of a HEP-related institution with a stable URL, please let us know. Write to: library@slac.stanford.edu

February 21, 1995
Entry number 300,000 has been added to the HEP database today! (HEP is our flagship database which covers preprints and articles related to high-energy physics). Big thanks go to Louise Addis and Bob Gex for years of devotion to the database, to our brave past and present input persons, proofreaders, and controllers (onsite and offsite), to people in SLAC Computing Center who provided the world-wide access to the database, to our sister-lab DESY for an enormous and constant contribution, to other providers of information from Fermilab, CERN, Kyoto, and KEK (the list is incomplete!), to SLAC top management and Director's Office for kind support in these difficult times, and finally -- to you users and the whole high-energy physics community whose friendly criticism and constant encouragement and praise keep us going.

September 30, 1994
New index in the HEP database: JOURNAL. This index helps restricting a search to articles published in a given journal. Works both via QSPIRES and on the Web. Use popular variations of journal names, for example, Physical Review, or Phys. Rev., or PR, etc. To see how this works, find for example papers by the SLD Collaboration published in the Physical Review Letters. Use indexes CN (for collaboration name) and J (allowed abbreviation for JOURNAL), and make the search:


September 30, 1994
New 'button' in the HEP database via Web: "Display References". Lists of references from all HEP-related preprints received by the SLAC Library are stored in the HEP database (they serve as a source for the citation search). You can now see references from an article by selecting the Display_References pointer in the standard HEP output on the Web. To see how this works, find for example the HEP record of the paper published in the Class.Quant.Grav.11: 621-648, 1994,


Then select the pointer to the reference list.

September 30, 1994 [updated Sep 1, 1995]
HEP records corresponding to articles published in Classical and Quantum Gravity since 1994, have now pointers to source files at the CQG WWW Depository. Find, for example, the HEP record of the paper published in the Class.Quant.Grav.11: 621-648, 1994:


Note that the retrieval of full text information from the depository is only enabled to institutions subscribed to Class. and Quant. Gravity. Find more information about the access here. See also the note on access to Nucl. Phys. depository below.

September 16, 1994
All HEP records corresponding to articles published in Nuclear Physics A and B since 1993, have now pointers to source files at the Nucl. Phys. WWW Depository. Find, for example, the HEP record of the paper published in Nucl.Phys.B421: 111-124, 1994:


Note that the retrieval of full text information from the depository is only enabled to institutions subscribed to Nucl. Phys. Find more information about the access here.

August 18, 1994
The list of top-cited articles in the HEP databases is now available. Have fun (and don't forget: it's not all in the citation)!

August 3, 1994
The TOPIC (TP, KEYWORD) search in HEP is not particularly convenient if you don't have a full list of topics. This list is now available even to non-SLAC users. To get it, use the anonymous ftp server preprint.slac.stanford.edu (login-name: anonymous, password: your-userid), then cd preprints/Miscellaneous , and then get hep.keywords
Note that this is a huge (1.2 Mb) ASCII file. Share it with your colleagues. [July 17, 1995 update: a 'gunzipped' file, hep.keywords.gz (0.2 Mb), is now also available]

August 3, 1994
PARTICLES database is no longer available in SPIRES. Web users can find the full postscript version of the latest edition of the Review of Particle Properties on the LBL Particle Data Group (PDG) server: visit the PDG Home Page. To search the corresponding database, use Telnet to reach the PDG public access account at MUSE.LBL.GOV (or Login as PDG_PUBLIC.

May 9, 1994
Users of the CONF database can now find more than just elementary information on upcoming conferences. When available, we post additional information, such as lists of lectures, application forms, announcements, etc. To see how this works, select more information in the following example:


Please send all information on future particle physics oriented conferences to conf@slac.stanford.edu

April 29, 1994
The citation search is now possible for the bulletin-board papers in the HEP database. Try, for example,

FIND C HEP-TH 9401030

Once a b-board paper is published, the citations from the bulletin-board phase get added to the regular, journal citations.

April 27, 1994
Abstracts and papers from the new HEP-EX bulletin board, devoted to experimental high-energy physics, are the latest addition to the ABSTRACTS database.

To get more information on the HEP-EX, send e-mail to: hep-ex@xxx.lanl.gov , with Subject: HELP .

April 26, 1994
The CDF's 'top-quark' paper, submitted to Phys. Rev. D, can be found in SLAC's preprints depository. You can View Abstract, or View_Paper on the Web, or use ftp to get the postscript file. SLAC's anonymous ftp server is at
and the path to the paper is pub/preprints/hep-ph/9404/top.ps.Z . The 1Mb, 153 pages paper, has figures imbedded.
Note that the 'official' copy of the paper can be fetched from the Fermilab WWW server.

(Note added Sep 30, 94: This paper has been published in Phys.Rev.D50: 2966-3026, 1994)

April 18, 1994 (revised May 25, 1995)
The 'forms search' is now possible in the HEP and some other databases. Still in a highly experimental phase. If your browser can handle forms interface (use e.g., MidasWWW, or Mosaic), get a taste of the new way of searching by selecting SPIRES Forms

March 25, 1994
A completely revised format for the Experiments database has been introduced. References are now "clickable" and have pointers to bibliographic data in the HEP database (where available). New elements, RELATED experiments, EMAIL contact, and URL for experiment's Web Home Page have been added. To see an example, click here. (May not look so good on a linear browser).

March 7, 1994
End of an era: Louise Addis, SLAC's Head Librarian, officially retires. Louise played the crucial role in a development of SLAC-SPIRES d'bases, installation of the QSPIRES server, and bringing the d'bases as well as the full postscript preprint server to the Web. Louise will stay at SLAC as a part-time advisor and coordinator.

The new Head Librarian is Patricia Kreitz, coming to SLAC from SSCL.

March 1, 1994 (revised April 19, 1995)
A listserver has been established for those interested in receiving the weekly lists of newly arrived preprints, PPF ("Preprints in Particles and Fields"). To subscribe, send e-mail to:
The machine ignores the Subject: line. Type
subscribe PPF-L
in the body of your e-mail. (Similarly, to unsubscribe, send the request: unsubscribe PPF-L , to the same address).
This week's, and last week's PPFs can be found on the Web as well.

March 1, 1994
Authorization is no longer needed for the use of QSPIRES server. Anybody, from any node accessible from SLAC, can now search HEP and several other SLAC-SPIRES databases via QSPIRES.
QSPIRES was introduced ten years ago. Hundreds of physicists and non-physicists worldwide served as local 'QSPIRES node managers' in the past. Our sincere thanks to these volunteers for their help in making QSPIRES a useful and important tool.

Please report any future problem with QSPIRES to: qspi@slac.stanford.edu .

February 20, 1994
The new SLAC-SPIRES Home Page has been created. It leads to several SPIRES related databases and information pages. It also has a pointer to Stanford FOLIO.
(Note that the FOLIO link opens a Telnet connection, and some simpler browsers might not be able to handle such a connection properly. In addition, FOLIO is open only to the Stanford community, and one can use it only with a proper access code.)

Go to SLAC Home Page, or SPIRES Home Page , or make a search in the HEP database.