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How to Find Publications and Presentations of the Denver X-Ray Conference

The Denver X-Ray Conference has been held annually for 55 years. In recent history approximately 200 presentations have been given at each conference and between 50 and 100 papers are annually published in the proceedings of the Denver X-ray Conference, Advances in X-ray Analysis (AXA) . In 1996, Advances in X-ray Analysis transitioned from a book format, published by Plenum Press, to a CD-ROM format, published by the ICDD. In an agreement with Plenum, Volumes 1 through 39 (1957-1996) were published in a single CD-ROM. Since 1996 there has been an annual CD-ROM release corresponding to each years conference. The series, Advances in X-ray Analysis , is now contained in 49 Volumes and represents approximately 2900 articles from experts in the field.

Since AXA is published as an electronic proceedings, it is not indexed by all electronic search engines. Internet searches can find both publications and proceedings of the Denver X-ray Conference but users need to be directed to use the appropriate web portals. Fortunately, major web portals such as Google, Google Scholar, Scitation and SciFinder can be used.

Publications by Direct Search

The easiest way to find publications in AXA is to use the cumulative author and title index that is contained in the AXA CD-ROM. A CD-ROM has been sent to each registered attendee of the Denver X-ray Conference since 1996. For those that do not attend the conference, the CD-ROM's, both past and present, are available for sale from the ICDD.

Chemical Abstract Services indexes all Volumes of AXA. Web portals relating to Chemical Abstract Service, such as SciFinder and Dialog, are able to search AXA and find title and abstract content. These are paid services, often available through libraries or employers.

Past Publications by Free Web Access 1996-2002.

The ICDD in collaboration with the Denver Organizing Committee have made available past volumes of AXA proceedings starting from 1996. Access to past volumes is provided free of charge, though the webpage .

Volumes are posted approximately 12 months after publication of the CD-ROM which is typically one year after the conference. Today, publications from 1996 to 2002 are available, with search capability and full publication content from the webpage.

Presentation Searches through Scitation and Powder Diffraction

In 2003, the ICDD and Denver Organizing Committee , announced a collaboration between AXA and Powder Diffraction . Starting in 2003, the entire program of the Denver X-Ray Conference has been annually published in Powder Diffraction , this includes all presentations and authors. In addition, an annual edition of Powder Diffraction containing select (15-20) publications from each annual meeting is published. Institutional and library subscribers of Powder Diffraction are sent a copy of the AXA CD-ROM. Powder Diffraction is published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and can be searched through AIP's web portal SCITATION. SCITATION provides authors and titles for presentations as well as abstracts for published papers in Powder Diffraction, free of charge. Full publications can be downloaded by subscription or individual per-article payment.


Google searches by author name and will typically find content from the ICDD website as well as the SCITATION website. Please remember that SCITATION references are through Powder Diffraction not AXA , which is why an author name search is more effective than a journal search. Google has the advantage of finding presentation titles as well as author titles. Google Scholar has a more narrowly defined search engine that finds publication content. An author search on Google Scholar will identify publications in Powder Diffraction but not presentation or proceedings content.

Overall the most comprehensive search is to use Google with author names. This finds presentations and publications cross-referencing content on multiple websites. If the results are too broad, try to narrow the range by adding typical keywords (i.e. x-ray, fluorescence, diffraction, Rietveld etc).