The Department of Energy is responsible for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of sponsored R&D results that are the outcomes of R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs and facilities nationwide, as well as grantees at universities and other institutions. This scientific and technical information (STI) is produced and published in various formats, including technical reports, scientific/technical conference papers and presentations, theses and dissertations, journal citations, manuscripts and published articles, videos, software, patents, and datasets.

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), a unit of the Office of Science, fulfills agency-wide responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate STI emanating from DOE R&D activities.  The Department has carried out this function since the 1940s and is legislatively mandated to do so, most recently in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which reads:

“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 activities supported by the Department.”

OSTI also is responsible for providing public access to scholarly scientific publications resulting from DOE-funded research, and it manages the collection of all DOE STI through the collaborative DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program.

The OSTI mission is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to DOE researchers and the public. The links below to access specific OSTI resources:

  • OSTI.GOV – The primary search tool for DOE science, technology, and engineering research and development results and the organizational hub for information about DOE OSTI.
  • DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (DOE PAGES) – A search tool for journal articles and accepted manuscripts resulting from DOE-funded research.
  • DOE Data Explorer – A collection of scientific research data resulting from DOE R&D, including individual datasets submitted by data centers, repositories, and other organizations within the Department.
  • DOE CODE – A software services platform and search tool for software resulting from DOE-funded research.
  • DOepatents – A comprehensive search tool of patent information resulting from DOE-funded research and development.
  • ScienceCinema – A search tool for multimedia scientific videos and audio files from DOE national laboratories, other DOE research facilities, and CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), using speech-recognition search technology.
  • Science.Gov – A search tool that canvases over 2,200 scientific websites and 60 scientific databases from 15 U.S. federal agencies for science information.
  • WorldWideScience.Org – A global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals.
  • SC e-journals (Office of Science access only) – Provides the Office of Science (SC) management and staff electronic access to the full text of key peer-reviewed scientific journals. Titles are of broad interest to the Department of Energy.