World Scientific Publishing Digital Reference for Students Collections

  • Start: 1 Sep 2020
    Expiry: 31 Aug 2120
  • Description:

    World Scientific Publishing is a multidisciplinary publisher with over 120 journals and 600 books focused on research from Asian economies. It is centered on mathematics and physics and is the largest independently owned scientific publisher in Asia. This agreement offers perpetual purchase of subject specific textbooks on a single user licence and is intended as a library back up for textbooks that have been adopted by academic departments.

Product overview

World Scientific Publishing are offering the following content:

  • Mathematics Digital References for Students 2016-2018, 71 titles
  • Physics Digital References for Students 2016-2018, 57 titles
  • Engineering and Computer Science Digital References for Students 2016-2018, 37 titles

Please see the title list under Agreement Information.

This perpetual purchase agreement is offered as a library back up for textbooks that have been adopted by academic departments. Please note the following licensing conditions:

  • One time purchase
  • Offline reading available
  • No printing and saving
  • MARC records at no charge
  • Access from
  • Single User Access
  • 24 x 7 access
  • Full support for mobile devices - with internet connection and Adobe acrobat
  • Fully integrated platform to search across all World Scientific electronic content
  • Counter compliant usage statistics
  • No set up, or platform or service fees
  • Discovery services include OCLC, Primo Central, EBSCO Discovery Services, Google Scholar
  • Authentication via IP. Supports Athens, Shibboleth

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What is the maximum font size and does text re-flow when you enlarge the font?
Adobe Reader: current max setting is 6,400%. Adobe Reader does not allow for text re-flow, since pdf is fixed format.

Can a user change background/foreground colours or contrasts? How?
Yes. In Adobe Reader:

  1. Open Adobe Reader. Go to Edit - Preferences - Accessibility
  2. Make sure the "Replace Document Colours" is checked and click on Custom Colour
  3. Click "Page Background" colour and then select the desired colour

Is text marked up so it can be navigated in a meaningful way (for example by heading level)?

Can text be selected and read by text-to-speech tools?
The publisher recommends using the "Read Out Loud" Text-to-Speech tool.

Read Out Loud is a Text-to-Speech (TTS) tool that is built in Adobe Reader DC. It reads text contained within a document window.

To use Read Out Loud, you need Acrobat Reader DC and a Text-to-Speech engine installed on your system. Also the document must be accessible, otherwise it may not be read at all or it may be read in the wrong order.

To activate Read Out Loud:

  1. In the View menu, choose Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud.
  2. Again go to View > Read Out Loud and then choose an appropriate option for reading:
    • To read the current page, choose Read This Page Only
    • To read the entire document, choose Read To End of Document

Where can I find guidance for all these features?


IP Address; Shibboleth

Federated searching

Partnerships with Library Discover Vendors including Ex Libris/ProQuest, EBSCO, TD-Net and Summon.

Full text linking


Marc records


Post search options

Saves Searches; Links to Social Media

Search options

Chapters, Articles, Titles, Citations, Subject Categories, Date Ranges

Usage statistics

COUNTER Compliant