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Computer Science Research Guide


Inspec®, produced by The Institution of Engineering and Technology*, is a comprehensive index to literature in physics, electrical/electronic technology, computing, control engineering, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering. Updated weekly, Inspec provides data from journals, conferences and other sources including books, reports, dissertations and videos.

INSPEC Clasification Codes Outline

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Outline of Inspec classification

Section A - Physics 

A00      General
A10      The physics of elementary particles and fields
A20      Nuclear physics
A30      Atomic and molecular physics
A40      Fundamental areas of phenomenology
A50      Fluids, plasmas and electric discharges
A60      Condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties
A70      Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties
A80      Cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology
A90      Geophysics, astronomy and astrophysics

Section B - Electrical engineering and electronics

B00      General topics, engineering mathematics and materials science
B10      Circuit theory and circuits
B20      Components, electron devices and materials
B30      Magnetic and superconducting materials and devices
B40      Optical materials and applications, electro-optics and optoelectronics
B50      Electromagnetic fields
B60      Communications
B70      Instrumentation and special applications
B80      Power systems and applications


Section C - Computers and control

C00      General and management topics
C10      Systems and control theory
C30      Control technology
C40      Numerical analysis and theoretical computer topics
C50      Computer hardware
C60      Computer software
C70      Computer applications


Section D - Information technology for business

D10      General and management aspects
D20      Applications
D30      General systems and equipment
D40      Office automation - communications
D50      Office automation - computing


Section E - Mechanical and production engineering

E00      General topics in manufacturing and production engineering
E10      Manufacturing and production
E20      Engineering mechanics
E30      Industrial sectors