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Document Availability

About 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 (OSTI). It 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, theses, and multimedia. OSTI.GOV provides access to this DOE scientific and technical information (STI) by offering numerous easy-to-use search capabilities and customization options.

How to Access DOE Resources Through OSTI

OSTI.GOV contains two categories of records: Full Text/Resource Available and Citation Only.

  • Full Text/Resource Available: Includes records for which OSTI provides access to the resources, full text, datasets, software, etc. OSTI employs a distributed hosting model where some resources are hosted internally at OSTI, while others are hosted by organizations or at institutional repositories and OSTI links to those copies. If you encounter an issue with a full-text document not opening properly or reach an error page, please Contact Us.
  • Citation Only: Includes records in OSTI.GOV, regardless of product type (journal article, technical report, dataset, etc.), that do not have an associated resource or full text available. This may be because the resource is unavailable from our office, a journal article accepted manuscript is still within its 12-month administrative interval, or the resource has not yet been digitized. Copyright may also influence resource availability.

Accessing a Full-Text Document

When an electronic full-text document is available for a journal article, technical report, patent, conference/event, book/monograph, program document, or thesis/dissertation, there are several ways it can be accessed.

  • From the Search Results list: Hyperlinked text located under the abstract will read "Full Text Available." This may open the full text or the Full Record page. Instructions for access via the Full Record page are in the next section.

    Figure 281515: From the Search Results list screenshot

    Figure 281515: From the Search Results List Screenshot

  • From the Full Record page: A green button at the top left of the Full Record page that reads "View [Document Type]" will open/download the full text.

    Figure 281516: From the Full Record page screenshot

    Figure 281516: From the Full Record page screenshot

  • From the DOI: The DOI, when available, is provided in the Search Results list and from the Full Record page.

    Figure 281517: From links to DOI screenshot

    Figure 281517: From links to DOI screenshot

If the options described above are not available, OSTI does not currently have an electronic version of the record available. In general, when an electronic document is not available, additional information regarding document availability may be found within the metadata provided on the record page in the Availability, Publisher, Author, Research Organization, and/or Resource Relation fields. This information may be helpful in obtaining a copy of the document.

Accessing a Resource Available Record

When a resource is available for a data, software, video/audio, or miscellaneous record, there are several ways it can be accessed.

  • From the Search Results list: Hyperlinked text located under the abstract will read "View [Resource Type]" or "Media Available." This link opens the resource at its location or the Full Record page. Instructions for access via the Full Record page are in the next section.

    Figure 281518: From the Search Results List screenshot

    Figure 281518: From the Search Results List screenshot


    Figure 281519: Prompt to follow link to the Full Record page

    Figure 281519: Prompt to follow link to the Full Record page

  • From the Full Record page: A green button at the top left of the Full Record page, "View [Resource Type]," opens the resource at its location. Software availability will display differently, please refer to that section below.

    Figure 281520: Narrative for Bioproject screenshot

    Figure 281520: Narrative for Bioproject screenshot

  • From the DOI: The DOI, when available, is provided directly from the Search Results list or from the Full Record page.

    Figure 281521: Narrative for Bioproject DOI screenshot

    Figure 281521: Narrative for Bioproject DOI screenshot

    Note: Specialized software may be required to view certain resources.

Software Availability

Software availability is displayed differently than with other product types. On the Full Record page, if the software is currently available via a public repository, a link is provided under the Publicly Accessible Repository heading.

Figure 281522: QuanSimBench screenshot

Figure 281522: QuanSimBench screenshot

If a link is not provided to the source code in the Search Results list or on the Full Record page, you will see instead a message that reads:

"To order this software, request consultation services, or receive further information, please fill out the following request. Request Software [Link]".

This link will open the Software Request tab where you can complete the necessary information and request the software. OSTI will respond to your request.

Figure 281523: Crossflow Cooling Analysis Program Software Request link screenshot

Figure 281523: Crossflow Cooling Analysis Program Software Request link screenshot


Figure 281524: Crossflow Cooling Analysis Program Software Request tab screenshot

Figure 281524: Crossflow Cooling Analysis Program Software Request tab screenshot

Further Availability Options

When an electronic full-text document or resource is not available, information regarding availability is often found within the metadata provided on the record page in the Availability, Publisher, Author, Research Organization, and/or Resource Relation fields. This information may be helpful in obtaining a copy of the document.

To access this metadata, especially the Availability field, you will need to export the search results or full record metadata into your preferred format. There are two ways to export the metadata:

  • From the Search Results list: Select the "Save Results" dropdown at the top of the page and choose your preferred format.

  • From the Full Record page: Select "Export Metadata" at the left-hand side of the page and choose your preferred format.

Once the metadata has been accessed, you can cross-reference any included abbreviations or acronyms appearing in the Availability field (called Publisher Availability in XML format) to the Availability Field Codes and Meanings table at the bottom of this page. The Availability Field Codes and Meanings table will provide contact information so you can request the full text or resource.

Journal article information may be found in the Resource Relation (or Relation) field of the downloaded metadata. Journal articles may be obtained from the publisher and/or may be available through a public or university library. Libraries that may hold the record as full text may be identified using a search in WorldCat (link is external). You will need to reach out to the libraries directly to determine if they can share the resource with you according to their own distribution policies.

Regional Federal Depository Libraries (link is external) maintain DOE research literature and provide access to non-electronic documents prior to 1994 and electronic access to more recent documents.

Paper copy documents of DOE's research literature are available for sale from the National Technical Information Service (link is external) (NTIS). Information for placing orders from NTIS is available at classic.ntis.gov/help/order-methods/ (link is external).

Availability Field Codes and Meanings

AECL Reports of the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, for sale by the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Library, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories.
Library Requests
Phone: 613-584-3311, ext. 43900
E-mail: librarycr@cnl.ca
AP American Institute of Physics Publishing
1305 Walt Whitman Rd.
Suite 300, Melville, NY 11747-4300
Phone: 516-576-2200
CC Computer media, copyrighted:
DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information,
P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Contact OSTI
CFSTI Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, VA (US) - a predecessor to NTIS (see NTIS).
CM Computer media, software packages:
DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information,
P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Contact OSTI
CS Computer media, abstract only at NTIS. For complete software package, see CM.
Dep Depository Library Program, Government Printing Office (see GPO)
EM Inquiries regarding the availability of blueline prints of DOE CAPE drawings which were formerly available for sale by NTIS should be addressed to:
DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information,
P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Contact OSTI
EP EPRI Journal,
3420 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94304
Phone: 800-313-3774
EU CEC from EUR: Publications Office of the European Union
2, rue Mercier
2985 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG
Contact the Publications Office of the European Union (link is external)
EUR See EU.
FD U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
Email: library@fws.gov
FW U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NASA-Slidell Computer Complex (See FD)
GJO DOE Grand Junction Site,
DOE Office of Legacy Management
2597 Legacy Way
Grand Junction, CO 81503
Email: GJinfo@LM.doe.gov
energy.gov/lm/grand-junction-colorado-site (link is external)
GP GPO: U.S. Government Printing Office,
732 N. Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20401
bookstore.gpo.gov (link is external)
GPO For sale by the Government Publishing Office
U.S. Government Publishing Office
P.O. Box 979050
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000
(202) 512-1800
bookstore.gpo.gov (link is external)
GR Gas Technology Institute, formerly Gas Research Institute,
1700 S Mount Prospect Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Email: publications@gti.energy
IAEA Available from the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria, and from its sales agencies in various countries throughout the world. A list of these agencies is found in each STI/DOC and STI/PUB publication. See also INIS.
INIS International Nuclear Information System of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),
Vienna International Centre, PO Box 100, A-1400
Vienna, Austria.
INIS is available online at inis.iaea.org/search/ (link is external)
LMEC Available only to requesters within the United States from the Energy Technology Engineering Center (formerly the liquid Metal Engineering Center), now closed. 4100 Guardian Street, Suite 160 Simi Valley, CA 93063.
NT NTIS: National Technical Information Service,
5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312
ntis.gov (link is external)
NTIS For sale by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Alexandria, VA 22312
ntis.gov (link is external)
NU NTIS, US Sales Only (see NTIS)
NUREG U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, Washington, D.C. 20555.
nrc.gov (link is external)
NY NYSERDA: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
Email: info@nyserda.ny.gov
Phone: 518-862-1090
OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, available from: O.E.C.D. Publications
2 rue Andre-Pascal, 75016 Paris, France, and from its sales agencies in various countries throughout the world. A list of these agencies is found in each OECD publication.
OF OSTI (see OSTI)
OS OSTI (see OSTI)
OSTI DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information,
P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Contact OSTI
OTS Office of Technology Services - predecessor to NTIS (see NTIS)
RSO -Historical Office- Available only to requesters within the United States from the Nuclear Standards Program Information Center (formerly the Reactor Standards Office)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
TIC DOE Technical Information Center, a predecessor of OSTI (see OSTI)

Other Options

If you cannot locate availability information using the process described or the information you have obtained indicates that OSTI may hold the record, please Contact OSTI. OSTI may hold a copy of the record in our paper vaults, which may be available for scanning pending a review process. Any associated charges for digitization services will be discussed prior to initiating said service.

Records are oftentimes not available for several reasons:

  • OSTI does not hold a copy;
  • the record is copyrighted so OSTI cannot distribute it;
  • a trained and qualified individual cannot be located to conduct a review as required by law prior to release; or
  • other case-by-case circumstances.

In cases such as these, OSTI will attempt to provide information about other sources that may be able to help locate the full text or resource.