The home of the U.S. Department of Energy's Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP)

Here you will find background, guidance, and more to ensure that DOE-funded STI is appropriately managed and preserved to support scientific research now and in the future.

Submittal Basics

Reporting Requirements


  • DOE reporting requirements for financial assistance recipients (e.g., university grantees) and direct R&D contractors (i.e., not a major site/facility management contractor) should be clearly outlined in your award document. Also see STI submittal guidance for financial assistance recipients. Contact your DOE Contracting Officer with questions or concerns.
  • STI deliverables generated by major site/facility management contractors are identified at the project level.  The STI representative at your site can assist you.
  • The DOE Energy Link (E-Link) system is used for submission and announcement of DOE STI to the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). 
  • All DOE-funded STI is to be submitted, regardless of its classification level (unclassified publicly releasable, controlled unclassified categories, or classified).  See more information about access limitation

STI Product Types


  • STI is found in many forms and formats. Review Types of STI for a comprehensive list.
  • Regardless of the STI product type, submitting the full product or announcing its persistent link will ensure searchability and discoverability of the content.
  • Like full-text indexing of a document, content indexing of an audio or video file greatly enhances the retrievability of the STI product.  Review Acceptable Audiovisual Formats.
  • There are instances when only the Announcement Notice (AN) is submitted to OSTI with appropriate metadata that include a persistent link (e.g., a URL and/or DOI) for the STI product.  Refer to the instructions for the specific STI product type.

STI Technical Report Characteristics

Electronic STI Products

  • Technical reports and other STI products should be provided in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Other options are available for major site/facility management contractors hosting STI on their site's server.
  • All text, tables, diagrams, photographs, schematic, graphs, and charts should be integrated into one file.
  • Identify and provide digitized legacy STI (provided in print prior to 2001).

Software Deliverables

Copyright Restrictions

Personally Identifiable Information


STI Sensitivity Reviews

  • Reports and products must be carefully reviewed for sensitivities.
  • Directives that require certain sensitivity reviews and identification are found in STI-Related DOE Directives
  • Review all software for classified and sensitive unclassified information.

Established Submittal Processes





Last updated on Tuesday 01 May 2018