We reviewed the identification of eighteen known Be/X-ray binaries in the SMC and found that thirteen of them are listed in emission-line object catalogues of Meyssonier & Azzopardi (1993) and Murphy & Bessell (1999). From a general correlation of SMC X-ray source and emission-line object catalogues we propose optical counterparts for the five optically unidentified X-ray pulsars and present 25 new Be/X-ray binary candidates together with their likely optical counterparts. This more then doubles the number of know high mass X-ray binary systems in the SMC.
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Online publication: July 7, 2000