Project overview

CERN, DESY, Fermilab and SLAC have built the next-generation High Energy Physics (HEP) information system, INSPIRE. It combines the successful SPIRES database content, curated at DESY, Fermilab and SLAC, with the Invenio digital library technology developed at CERN. INSPIRE is run by a collaboration of CERN, DESY, Fermilab, IHEP, and SLAC, and interacts closely with HEP publishers,, NASA-ADS, PDG, HEPDATA and other information resources.

INSPIRE represents a natural evolution of scholarly communication, built on successful community-based information systems, and provides a vision for information management in other fields of science.

INSPIRE builds on SPIRES' legacy
  • Decades of trusted, curated content
  • Experience in managing a discipline's wide information resources
  • Close relationship with the worldwide user community
What are the major innovations of INSPIRE?
  • Author disambiguation for high-quality profiles and improved search capabilities
  • Faster results
  • Variety of search and display options
  • Detailed record pages
  • Searchable fulltext for all arXiv content
  • Figures and searchable figure captions extracted from recent arXiv articles
  • LHC experimental notes
  • Personalized features (author pages, paper claiming)
  • Fulltext search and snippet display for recent arXiv articles and material from some publishers
What will be available soon?
  • More APIs for third parties to build new tools
  • More historical content
  • More opportunities for users to correct imperfections and help us maintain INSPIRE


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