Newsletter for Office of Scientific and Technical Information

OSTI.gov Newsletter

DOE PAGESBeta Features Guidance for DOE-Funded Authors

The Department of Energy (DOE) Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta (DOE PAGESBeta) offers guidance on its home page for DOE-funded authors who, effective October 1, 2014, are required to make accessible the accepted manuscripts of publications they author or co-author, along with associated metadata, to the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).

In August 2014, DOE launched its portal and search engine to make scholarly scientific publications resulting from DOE research funding publicly accessible and searchable at no charge to users.  DOE PAGESBeta was developed and is maintained by OSTI in response to a February 2013 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy memorandum that called on federal agencies to develop and implement plans to provide public access to the results of research they fund within a year of publication.

When fully operational, DOE PAGESBeta will offer free public access to the best available version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published scientific journal article – after an administrative interval of 12 months.  When a publisher provides a publicly accessible article about DOE R&D results, DOE PAGESBeta will link to that article; if the article is not available, DOE PAGESBeta will provide access to the corresponding accepted manuscript.

DOE PAGESBeta leverages the long-established DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP) infrastructure and corporate E-Link submission system for collecting, preserving, and disseminating scientific and technical information (STI) to encompass accepted manuscripts.  DOE-funded authors at national laboratories and grantees at other research institutions will use this existing infrastructure to submit metadata and links to accepted manuscripts (or the full text itself) to OSTI.

For researchers at DOE national laboratories, DOE now officially requires public access to any scholarly publication published on or after October 1, 2014, with public access enabled within 12 months from publication date.  That means that DOE-funded lab-affiliated authors are expected to submit metadata and links to accepted manuscripts in their lab repositories (or the full texts of the manuscripts themselves) to OSTI from October 1, 2014, onward.

For DOE financial assistance recipients (grantees) at universities and other institutions, the public access requirement likewise applies to any award made or renewed after October 1, 2014.

When launched in August 2014, DOE PAGESBeta contained an initial collection of accepted manuscripts and journal articles as a demonstration of its functionality and eventual expanded content.  Over the next year, additional metadata and links to articles and accepted manuscripts will be added as they are submitted to OSTI, with anticipated annual growth of 20,000-30,000 publicly-accessible articles and manuscripts in the years ahead.

Feedback about DOE PAGESBeta is welcomed and may be provided to pagesfeedback@osti.gov.

Re-Presenting the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information

For the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, 2014 was a year of many significant changes and a recommitment to our mission.  OSTI prepared to offer public access to scholarly scientific publications and took steps to re-balance and re-focus our operations.   OSTI began devoting more resources to collecting and preserving DOE STI and to providing comprehensive access to the results of DOE research and development (R&D) investments.  OSTI staff also worked to streamline our portfolio of public search tools to make it easier to find DOE’s R&D results.  In August, OSTI launched DOE PAGESBeta, a portal to journal articles and accepted manuscripts resulting from DOE-funded research.  And soon thereafter, as the 2015 fiscal year began, we issued the OSTI 2015-2019 Strategic Plan, our roadmap for working to ensure our collections and portals reflect the complete R&D output of DOE.

Going into 2015, OSTI is committed to sustaining our renewed emphasis on collecting, archiving, and making available all forms of STI that we acquire from DOE’s research efforts.  In that spirit, we feature OSTI’s Catalogue of Collections, to re-present OSTI, our mission, and especially our DOE science search tools to the DOE research community and others interested in the fruits of the Department of Energy’s R&D.

OSTI's Catalogue of Collections
OSTI extends the reach and impact of DOE research results 

OSTI fulfills the agency’s responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate STI emanating from DOE R&D activities.  In addition to agency enabling legislation, this mandate is emphasized in Section 982 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005: "The Secretary, through the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, shall maintain within the Department publicly available collections of scientific and technical information resulting from research, development, demonstration, and commercial applications supported by the Department."

Today, OSTI provides access to scientific and technical information using web-based searchable databases, offering ever-expanding sources of R&D information to DOE, the research community, and the science-attentive public.  The databases offer search simplicity as well as advanced capabilities, such as customized alerts, results displayed in relevance rank, and downloadable search results for a broad array of scientific information related to DOE missions.  OSTI works with DOE program offices, field offices, national labs, and grantees to acquire the STI from Departmental R&D.  Through OSTI web products, these R&D results are accessed over 375 million times annually.

DOE Science Resources – OSTI’s Core Products

SciTech Connect
Find technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information sponsored by DOE through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or similar type of funding mechanism from the 1940s to today.

SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections – DOE Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database – and employs an innovative semantic search tool enabling scientists, researchers and the scientifically attentive public to retrieve more relevant information.  SciTech Connect contains over 65 years of scientific and technical information from DOE and DOE predecessor agencies, plus energy-related publications of interest to DOE.  There are over 2.6 million citations, including citations to 1.4 million journal articles, 230,000 of which have digital object identifiers (DOIs) linking to full-text articles on publishers’ websites.  SciTech Connect also has over 385,000 full-text DOE sponsored STI reports; most of these are post-1991, but over 130,000 of the reports were published prior to 1990.  More information is available at SciTech Connect.

  
DOE PAGESBeta
Search the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta (DOE PAGESBeta) for scholarly publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and accepted manuscripts, resulting from DOE-funded research.  More information is available at DOE PAGESBeta.
  
DOE Data Explorer
Locate DOE's collections of scientific research data and also retrieve individual datasets submitted by data centers, repositories, and other organizations within the Department.  The DOE Data Explorer database includes collection citations prepared by OSTI, as well as citations for the individual, submitted datasets.  More information is available at DOE Data Explorer.
  
Science Cinema
Explore more than 3,700 multimedia scientific videos from DOE national laboratories, other DOE research facilities and CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), using speech-recognition search technology.  More information is available at Science Cinema.
  
DOepatents
Search over 30,000 patents resulting from DOE-sponsored R&D.  More information is available at DOepatents.
  
DOE R&D Accomplishments
Discover outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, improved people’s lives, or been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.  DOE R&D Accomplishments includes information about Nobel Prize-winning researchers associated with DOE or its predecessor agencies.  More information is available at DOE R&D Accomplishments.
 
 
Energy Science and Technology Software Center
Search and acquire scientific and technical software representing the latest in federal funded technology.  The Energy Science and Technology Software Center distributes over 2,000 scientific and technical software packages developed by DOE contractors, national laboratories and other facilities.  More information is available at Energy Science and Technology Software Center.
  
E-Print Network
Access journal article pre-publication drafts, scholarly papers, and more.  E-Print Network searches over 6 million e-prints, over 35,000 websites, and 50 databases in basic and applied science and links to over 3,100 scholarly societies.  More information is available at E-Print Network.
  
National Library of EnergyBeta
Search this gateway to information across DOE in four broad topic areas: science and R&D; energy and technology for industry and homeowners; energy market information and analysis; and nuclear security and environmental management.  NLEBeta makes it possible to search DOE databases, collections, and website information, a total of more than 25 million pages, via a single query.  More information is available at National Library of EnergyBeta.
  
U.S. Federal Science Information (in partnership with federal science agencies)   
 
Science.gov
OSTI hosts this interagency collaboration of 17 U.S. government science organizations within 15 federal agencies.  Launched in 2002, Science.gov is a gateway to over 2,200 scientific websites, 60 scientific databases, and 200 million pages of science information that can be searched with just one query.  Content includes text-based and multimedia information, as well as research data.  More information is available at Science.gov.
  
Global Science Information (in partnership with global science counterparts)
 
WorldWideScience.org
OSTI hosts this international gateway to approximately 100 national science collections from more than 70 participating nations.  This resource offers simultaneous, real-time searching of the most current information from around the world in fields such as energy, medicine, agriculture, environment, and basic sciences.  Multilingual translation capabilities are available for ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  Content includes text-based and multimedia information, as well as research data.  More information is available at WorldWideScience.org.
  
WorldWideEnergy.org
OSTI hosts this international gateway that allows targeted searching of over 1,000 websites and databases with energy-related content, both current and retrospective collections.  Results are available in four languages:  English, German, Spanish, and Swedish.  More information is available at WorldWideEnergy.org.
  

What Is STI?

DOE conducts R&D and other science and technology endeavors in a variety of fields.  The knowledge gained during the R&D process is frequently imparted through scientific and technical information (STI), a key outcome of DOE R&D and other activities.

STI includes information products intended to be published or disseminated in any format or medium that contain findings and technological innovations resulting from R&D efforts and scientific and technological work of scientists, researchers, and engineers.  STI also conveys the results of demonstration and commercial application activities as well as experiments, observations, simulations, studies, and analyses.

Scientific findings are communicated through various media – e.g., textual, multimedia, audiovisual, and digital – and are produced in a range of products such as technical reports, scientific/technical conference papers and presentations, theses and dissertations, scientific and technical computer software, journal articles, workshop reports, contractor planning documents, patents, and publicly available scientific research datasets.  DOE-funded STI originates primarily from research and other activities performed by site/facility management contractors, direct DOE-executed prime procurements, DOE-operated research activities, and financial assistance recipients (i.e., grantees), in addition to DOE employees.

OSTI coordinates the DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP), a complex-wide collaboration across DOE programs, field offices, national laboratories, and contractors to collect, disseminate, and preserve the Department’s STI.  In addition to text, OSTI recognizes the growing need to capture scientific research data and pursues this mission responsibility.  OSTI builds on existing partnerships and seeks strategic alliances across a wide range of communities.  OSTI’s role and standing as DOE’s STI management organization position it for broader collaboration and partnerships – with interagency, international, and private sector stakeholders – to benefit DOE and U.S. scientific endeavors.

 

Search Tip: Explore DOE Scientific Research Data

Scientific research data is easy to navigate thanks to the Explore feature at the DOE Data Explorer (DDE).  This feature allows users to quickly see what data are available, where data collections reside, and go directly to the data at the host websites.  Additionally, users can peruse recently added or revised content, view the hundreds of datasets, data streams, and data collections by title, display data from more than 50 subject categories, and select content by sponsoring or originating research organizations.

The Explore menu is available on the DDE homepage with clear paths to recent content, titles, subject categories, and organizations.  Selecting either of the Titles options, Datasets/Datastreams or Data Collections, will display a tool that allows alphabetical browsing by title.  To see how various citations have been grouped by topic, select Subject Categories to display the list of subject options.  Selecting any of the subjects in the list will display results related to that topic.  Sponsoring Organizations and Other Organizations help guide users to results funded or hosted by particular organizations.   

DOE Science Showcase: Protein Folding

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Proteins are the main constituents of our bones, muscles, hair, skin, and blood vessels, performing a vast array of functions such as catalyzing metabolic reactions, replicating DNA, responding to stimuli, moving muscles, and protecting the immune system.  The correct three-dimensional structure of the protein is essential to function.  Failure of proteins to fold into native structure generally produces inactive proteins, but in some instances, misfolded proteins have modified or toxic functionality and are believed to cause some neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and cancer.  DOE researchers and their collaborators have made significant progress with protein folding research and are gaining insights into possible prevention and cures for diseases associated with misfolded proteins. Read more in Dr. William Watson’s In the OSTI Collections: Determine How Proteins Fold and the DOE Science Showcase – Protein Folding.  

Check out the DOE Science Showcase Archive to see other featured topics, including Graphene, Neutron Sources for Studying Matter, Earth System Models, Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay, Microfluidics, Biofuels, Genomics, 3D Printing, and Carbon Sequestration.

The Latest from OSTIblog

OSTIblog features the technology, services, people, and policies that are crucial to OSTI’s role in increasing accessibility of DOE-sponsored research.  Here are some of the most recent OSTIblogs:

 

OSTI Mission: To advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available
and useful to Department of Energy (DOE) researchers and the public.

OSTI Facebook OSTI Twitter OSTI Google+ (Link will open in a new window)