Types of Scientific and Technical Information (STI)

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STI is produced and published in various media and formats, including textual, graphical, numeric, multimedia, digital data, technical reports, scientific/technical conference papers and presentations, theses and dissertations, computer software, journal manuscripts and citations, workshop reports, program documents, patents, and other types of technical data.

Additionally, program documents encompass needs assessments, progress reports (e.g. semi-annual and annual summaries), workshop reports, etc.

Note: "Announce" as used in the context below refers to when the submitter only provides OSTI with an announcement notice (AN 241.1, AN 241.3, AN 241.4, AN 241.5 and AN 241.6) and not the STI product itself.  "Submit" refers to an STI product being provided to OSTI, along with the announcement notice via upload or FTP or making the STI product accessible via a valid URL in the metadata.  Currently, only DOE major site/facility management contractors and DOE Programs are approved to provide a URL for linking to publicly accessible STI.


Types of STI
 
Type
Submit/Announce to OSTI?
Procedure
(An announcement notice is required for each submission)
Books/monographs
Copyrighted
Announce
Announcement notice is to include
availability
 
Not Copyrighted
Submit
STI product may be uploaded or posted at site and URL provided to OSTI.
 
Format of full-text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full-text can be searchable or non-searchable PDF.
 
Conference, symposium, lecture, or similar event papers, presentations, proceedings
 
(Colloquium presentations or presentations given at other events, such as a scientific symposium science lecture series, etc.)
Copyrighted
Announce
Announcement notice must include conference and availability information.
  
Not copyrighted
Submit
STI product may be uploaded or posted at site and URL provided to OSTI. 
 
Full-text format may be PDF, PPT, or AV file.
 
Format of full-text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full-text can be searchable or non-searchable PDF. Transmission of AV files needs to be coordinated with OSTI.
 
Dissertations
Submit
STI product may be uploaded or posted at site and URL provided to OSTI.
 
Format of full-text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full-text can be searchable or non-searchable PDF.
 
Journal articles
Copyrighted
Announce
Announcement notice must include identifying information (e.g. journal information (journal, title, volume, issue, page range or article number).
 
Accepted manuscript
Submit
STI product may be uploaded or posted at site and URL provided to OSTI.
 
Format of full text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full text should be searchable PDF.
 
Note: An accepted manuscript contains the same peer-reviewed content as the published article but is not an exact copy in terms of form (e.g., reprint) of what appears in the journal. 
 
Patents
Submit
OSTI will accept patents via Elink or through special arrangements, to be included in DOepatents with links to USPTO.
 
Format of full-text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full-text can be searchable or non-searchable PDF.
 
Program documents
 
(i.e., published by or for DOE Program Offices, may include strategic plans)
Submit
STI product may be uploaded or posted at site and URL provided to OSTI.
 
Format of full-text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full-text can be searchable or non-searchable or non-searchable PDF.  
 
Publicly available scientific research data
Announce
STI product must be posted at site, DOE Data Center, or other publicly accessible location such as an open repository. URL (and DOI, if available prior to submission) must be included in announcement notice metadata. (Datasets cannot be uploaded or stored at OSTI.)
 
Scientific and technical accomplishment reports
Submit
STI product may be uploaded or posted at site and URL provided to OSTI.
 
Format of full-text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full-text can be searchable or non-searchable or non-searchable PDF.
 
Scientific and technical computer software
Submit
Submit software package via CD unless it is designated as an open source software (OSS) and URL is provided to OSTI.*
 
Software manuals
Submit
Included as an element of the software package on CD. (No longer submitted as a separate document.)*
 
Technical/workshop reports
Submit
STI product may be uploaded or posted at site and URL provided to OSTI.
 
Format of full-text should be searchable PDF if URL is provided. Format of uploaded full-text can be searchable or non-searchable or non-searchable PDF.
 
Theses/dissertations
 
(see Dissertations)
 
 
 
Workshop reports
 
(see Technical/workshop reports)
 
 
 

Last updated: August 23, 2013