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Scientific and Technical Information Publications FAQs

What is an Accepted Manuscript?

  • It is a version of the article that has been accepted for publication by a publisher includes changes made by the author during the peer-review process. This is called the final peer-reviewed accepted manuscript.  It includes the same content as the published article in the journal but does not include the publisher's form or format.

Why do I have to submit my Final Accepted Manuscript?

  • In accordance with the DOE Public Access Plan, the Final Accepted Manuscript is required for all articles not published as Open Access.

Why do I have to submit my publication for review?

  • Your publication will be reviewed for Intellectual Property and proper acknowledgement of DOE funding through the Ames Laboratory.  Submitting your publication for review also allows the STI office at Ames Lab to track it and make sure that it gets submitted to DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).  Our contract with DOE requires us to submit all STI (defined as journal publications, conferences papers, graduate theses, technical and CRADA reports) to OSTI.

Should I pay open access charges?

  • DOE-funded authors are free to publish in journals of their choice, including Open Access journals as authorized by your Division Director.  However, regarding "author pays" or article processing charges, it is important for DOE-funded authors to know that it is not necessary to pay "author pays" fees or article processing charges solely to enable public access to your publications.  DOE is implementing public access through its license to the accepted manuscript or through the voluntary public access efforts of publishers, not through "author pays" models.  Authors may choose to publish with an Open Access journal and pay a fee to do so; however it is not necessary to comply with DOE's Public Access policy.

Are page charges and color figure charges allowable?  If so, what do I need to do?

  • Publication and color page charges are at the discretion of each individual Program at the Ames Laboratory. Please prepare a purchase order, obtain an IS-J publication number from, provide proper justification and Program Director signature authorizing the expense.
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