Peer Review Journals FAQ

Where do I find the digital peer-reviewed journals?

  • The SPE peer-reviewed journals are moving into OnePetro in 2014. 
  • Each digital peer-reviewed journal will have a landing page in OnePetro.
  • Issue information is presented in HTML and individual technical articles can be downloaded in PDF format.

What is the advantage of having the digital peer-review journals in OnePetro?

  • For the low annual cost of USD 45 to 95 per journal, you will have access to not only the latest journal papers published, but also to the full back file of the journal.  Previously, subscribers only had access to journal files back to 2005 and these had to be accessed in a different location from OnePetro.
  • You will have access to the digital journals anytime, anywhere—not just in the office.

Will I be charged to access the digital peer-reviewed journals through OnePetro?

  • No.  Your journal papers will show up as no-charge when doing a general search in OnePetro.

How will I know when an issue is published?  How will I know when content is available?

  • You will receive a table of contents via email each time a new issue is published.
  • You can also set up alerts on saved searches that will be emailed to you when new content is available.

Why are the SPE peer-reviewed journals going exclusively digital?

  • Digital journals allow you to do much more than print. Digital is fast becoming the medium of choice for researchers. With print, what you see is what you get – text, tables, and figures. Where as with digital journals, you get a much more dynamic environment with web and mobile technology.
  • Digital journals in OnePetro are easier to use, especially for searching. When you have questions on a particular topic, you can search the entire OnePetro database using the advanced search features. Any paper from your subscribed journal that is returned as part of your search shows up with an immediate link to download the PDF.  No more flipping through page after page of text to find what you need.
  •  You can track the latest research. By using alerts, you can efficiently and effectively track research on a particular topic or by a specific author. Simply set up the parameters that you want to track, save the search, and receive an e-mail on that topic at specified intervals.

Why not keep print journals too?

  • Digital is "greener" than print.   SPE is committed to being environmentally responsible and exclusively digital journals are one aspect of this commitment.  SPE is also launching an iPad app for journals so that members can read a journal electronically similar to the way they did read print. 
  • Scholarly research is increasingly focused on digital access.  As more and more research is done in databases such as OnePetro, libraries are no longer allocating shelf space for print journals.
  • SPE is global. Printed copies can be lost or damaged during shipment.  Online distribution enables members to receive notification and access to journal issues the same day they are published.

If there are no longer printing and postage expenses, then why aren't subscriptions included in my membership?

  • Revenue from individual subscriptions covers only a part of the cost of SPE peer-reviewed journals. While publishing online eliminates some expense, there are still costs associated with pre-publication processes, such as the peer review process, copy editing, and preparation of articles for digital publication.

Does this mean that SPE is considering stopping publication of journals in the future?

  • No. SPE is very committed to publishing peer-reviewed journals as part of our core mission to collect and disseminate technical knowledge.  We firmly believe that as a subscriber to digital journals, you are now getting more than you got with print.