Content Policy

INSPIRE is maintained for the benefit of High Energy Physics professionals engaged in research. To maintain high quality and a strong focus on high-energy physics, the HEP literature research collection is actively curated as to the types of content selected as well as its focus. These guidelines also apply to other INSPIRE collections (Journals, Conferences, etc.).

Core topical areas of the HEP Literature Collection

  • Particle physics
    e.g. general aspects of elementary particles | QED | strong interactions | weak interactions | CP violation | flavor-changing weak interactions, neutrino masses and mixings | Higgs boson physics | technicolor and composite Higgs | SUSY | magnetic monopoles | exotic particles | grand unification | experiments in physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Astrophysics
    e.g. postulated particles incl. dark matter candidates | neutrino oscillation, mass, flavor | high-energy cosmic-rays | CMB polarization | strange stars
  • Gravitation and cosmology
    e.g. quantum gravity | quantum cosmology | field theoretical models | higher dimensions | supergravity | quantum aspects of black holes | string and membrane models | inflation | gravitational radiation
  • Nuclear physics
    e.g. high energy nuclear reactions | relativistic heavy ion scattering | hypernuclei | double beta decay | neutrinos | quarks, gluons, QCD | meson production | meson and hyperon induced reactions
  • Other border areas such as condensed matter and atomic physics
    e.g. antimatter, fundamental constants
  • Selected areas, if about any of the above
    mathematical physics | quantum physics | computing | accelerators | detectors and experimental methods

In addition, we include at our discretion other material relevant to HEP, e.g. dark matter/energy and non-core topics such as nuclear physics, material related to core topics and works often cited by core HEP articles. But only papers in the core topical areas listed above receive full data curation, including affiliations, keywords, reference extraction and citation counts. Articles cross-listed to these topics are individually evaluated for appropriateness. We usually don’t include material related to non-core topics.


Types of content included in the HEP Literature Collection

  • e-prints
    • e-prints from hep*, gr-qc, nucl*, astro-ph.CO, astro-ph.HE, physics.acc-ph, and physics.ins-det archives. Articles cross-listed to these topics are individually evaluated for appropriateness.
    • Relevant e-prints from other archives (determined from cross-listing, citations or selected on a case-by-case basis).
  • Journal articles
    • High energy physics and related articles in peer-reviewed journals of a high standard (as evinced, say, by an editorial board of HEP professionals or a majority of articles appearing in
  • Conference contributions
    • Conferences which focus on HEP or a related field of a high standard of quality (as evinced, say, by an advisory board or local organizing committee of HEP professionals).
  • Theses
    • High energy physics Ph.D., Master’s, diploma, habilitation, sometimes bachelor theses.
  • Established report series
    • Report series from established HEP institutions.
  • Books
    • Books by HEP professionals.
  • Experimental notes
    • Notes of high energy physics experimental collaborations.


Programmatic harvesting

INSPIRE programmatically harvests content from other information resources that reliably publish high-quality content in relevant areas.  Such harvesting may gather all works provided by an external resource, or only those works which are tagged to indicate their direct relevance to INSPIRE’s core topical areas.  In this programmatic harvesting we necessarily rely on the editorial processes of the external resource to provide consistently relevant content, and do not impose our own editorial prerogatives post hoc. Requests to omit individual articles should therefore be taken to the service providing the original content.  Please note that due to this programmatic harvesting, less relevant articles may occasionally enter the collection.


Requests to add content

To suggest missing content, especially theses, please go to the Literature submission page, which can be found by clicking on Submit > literature on the top right of the menu bar.

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