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Surface Science Spectra (SSS) offers convenient and easy access to peer-reviewed spectral data from on-going international industrial and academic research. SSS publishes reference, comparison, and technical spectra representing a range of spectra, including XPS, AES, SE, UV-vis, LEIS and SIMS. SSS features over 1400 specimens of interest with downloadable data, as well as focused topics that contribute to the completeness of the archival database by including collections of spectra on materials of particular interest to the community. SSS systematically and uniformly archives surface data from a wide range of fields, giving you usable reference spectra and the latest findings from new research and materials important to your work. SSS makes available each spectrum in its unsmoothed and unmanipulated form so that you know you are looking at original data, not someone else's interpretation. By submitting your research to this important project, you are joining a list of scientists and researchers who have contributed the important analytical reference information that surface scientists and lab analysts need. SSS is available online as well as in a yearly printed volume.

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Add a cost-effective tool to your lab or library by subscribing to Surface Science Spectra (SSS), the definitive international reference guide to spectral data. Applications range from routine identification work to current research in industrial, government, and university labs. SSS offers scientists, engineers, and analysts easy and convenient access to high-quality spectra and related data. Your subscription also gives access to SSS Online. Publications appear online as soon as they are accepted and production-ready. You will have instant access to all back issues and spectra accumulated since the journal’s first issue.

A Comprehensive Spectral Reference. SSS is the only ongoing source available for comprehensive spectral data. An official journal of the AVS, Surface Science Spectra currently publishes XPS, Auger, SE, UV-Vis, LEIS and SIMS spectra and will expand to include other surface spectroscopies in future volumes.

Extensive Experimental Details Included. Each data entry in the journal contains complete and useful information about the spectra presented, enabling you to accurately compare them with your own experimental results. Based on a comprehensive data dictionary that identifies 188 items necessary to fully define each set of spectra, every submission includes details on the following items:

  • sample history and treatment
  • instrument configuration
  • calibration
  • experimental parameters
  • data analysis methods

You can use the extensive descriptive information presented in these published spectra to relate them correctly to your own spectra. This provides additional verification of your results or can even eliminate the need and expense of generating reference spectra of your own.

The Only Peer-Reviewed Spectral Archive. SSS is the only peer-reviewed spectral data reference source available. Peer review ensures that only the highest quality spectra are accepted for publication and sets new standards for data collection. Reviewers verify that all submissions are free from error or manipulation, are free from inconsistencies or omissions that would reduce the usefulness of the data for comparison, have technological significance, and have enduring value to the surface science community.

More Spectra Than in Other Journals. SSS publishes full sets of spectra, not just the one or two that most journal articles typically include. Scientists can share all the spectra associated with their research (which is typically omitted in other journals because of pressure on the number of figures) as well as the complete background details on their experiments, making precise and meaningful comparisons possible despite instrument or procedural differences.

Special Topic Collections and Consolidated References on Specific Materials. Special Topic Collections provide in-depth spectral data of widely used materials in a number of fields, including information on the following topics:

  • semiconductors
  • transition metals
  • oxides
  • biomaterials
  • polymers, and more!

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* Data from the 2022 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Clarivate, 2023).


The online international standard serial number (ISSN) for Surface Science Spectra is 1055-5269.

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