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About the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), a unit of the Office of Science, fulfills agency-wide responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate both unclassified and classified scientific and technical information (STI) emanating from DOE-funded research and development (R&D) activities at DOE national laboratories and facilities and at universities and other institutions nationwide. OSTI provides access to DOE STI through a suite of web-based, searchable discovery tools and through other commonly used search engines, offering ever-expanding sources of R&D information to DOE, the research community, and the science-attentive public.

Established in 1947, OSTI grew out of the post-World War II initiative to make the scientific research of the Manhattan Project as freely available to the public as possible, and its corporate function is authorized in several laws covering DOE and its predecessor agencies.  A DOE directive (DOE O 241.1B (link is external)) designates OSTI as the office responsible for DOE STI management and calls on DOE offices, contractors, and grantees to help “ensure that STI is appropriately managed as part of the DOE mission to enable the advancement of scientific knowledge and technical innovation.”

Find information about the laws, policies, schedules, and other guidance relevant to the management of DOE-funded R&D results here.


Introduction to OSTI.GOV

OSTI.GOV is the primary search tool for DOE science, technology, and engineering research and development results and the organizational hub for information about the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information.  It consolidates OSTI’s home page and our now retired primary search tool SciTech Connect. 

OSTI.GOV makes discoverable over 70 years of research results from DOE and its predecessor agencies.  Research results include journal articles/accepted manuscripts and related metadata; technical reports; scientific research datasets and collections; scientific software; patents; conference and workshop papers; books and theses; and multimedia.  OSTI.GOV contains over 3 million records, including citations to 1.5 million journal articles, 1 million of which have digital object identifiers (DOIs) linking to full-text articles on publishers' websites.  OSTI.GOV provides access to this DOE STI by offering numerous easy-to-use search capabilities and customization options; and for the DOE community, additional citation information is available to help researchers evaluate article impact and find related research.

OSTI.GOV also provides information about the Office of Scientific and Technical Information and its other search tools, services, and operations.  It includes information about OSTI’s organization, leadership, and strategic plan; policy and guidance regarding the management and submission of DOE-funded R&D research results to OSTI; technical support for submitting research results using OSTI’s corporate submission tool, E-Link; resources about data services and developer tools, including Data ID Services, API documentation, OAI services, and DOE MARC records; and news about OSTI and its search tools and services.

In consultation with researchers across the DOE complex, OSTI works continuously to increase the precision and power of its information search tools, and to make access to DOE R&D results quicker, more convenient, and more complete than ever before. These enhancements and innovations are part of OSTI’s ongoing efforts to make science more open, efficient, and reproducible – and to better serve the needs of DOE-funded scientists and the American public.