Scientific and Technical Information (STI)

Scientific and Technical Information

It is a requirement of our contract that we submit all scientific and technical information we produce to DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).  This includes all journal articles derived from Ames Laboratory funding, graduate theses/dissertations, conference and research and development papers.  Tessa Lemons is the assigned coordinator, and takes care of the submittals to OSTI.  For instructions regarding theses/dissertations, please see the Graduate Student Requirements section of this website.  For all other technical information, please note:

  • All technical information (including journal articles) should be submitted to Tessa Lemons via email at prior to the document’s dissemination (written or verbal).  The document is then sent to DOE’s Chicago Patent Office for patent clearance.  Patent clearance is generally received within one week of submittal.  If you feel your work possibly discloses patentable subject matter, you must prepare an Intellectual Property and Disclosure Record and submit to Stacy Joiner for processing.
  • All technical information produced at the Ames Laboratory must acknowledge the funding source.  At a minimum, the following statement should be placed in the acknowledgement section of scientific papers:

Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences (or appropriate sponsor) under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

For further information on proper acknowledgement when multiple funding sources are involved or work is only partially supported by DOE, click here.

  • For proper completion of Transfer of Copyright forms, click here.

DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

OSTI is the DOE office that collects, preserves, and disseminates DOE-sponsored R&D results that are the outcomes of R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs and facilities nationwide and grantees at universities and other institutions. The information is typically in the form of technical documents, conference papers, articles, multimedia, and software, collectively referred to as scientific and technical information (STI).

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 search 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.

Once DOE R&D results are incorporated into our DOE databases, they are made available to single-point-of-access web portals (federated search) such as (R&D from DOE resources), (U.S. science information from 13 federal agencies), and (global science information from over 70 countries and counting), all of which are managed by OSTI. Through these efforts, OSTI is nationally and internationally recognized for its contributions to the sharing and exchange of science information, the results of billions of dollars worth of government-sponsored scientific research.

To view the latest newsletter available from OSTI, click here.