Technical Publications

How to share scientific and technical information while meeting the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy

Aiding in the dissemination of knowledge at Fermilab, employees, guest scientists, visitors, users, and members of a collaboration can use this reference guide to share theses and scientific/technical publications. Read more about the types of theses and publications submitted in the About section.

Purpose per the U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) produces scientific and technical information (STI) in the course of performing research and development (R&D) and other science and technology activities. The purpose of this directive is to ensure that STI is appropriately managed as part of the DOE mission to enable the advancement of scientific knowledge and technological innovation. Therefore, the objectives of this order are to:

  1. establish DOE requirements and responsibilities to ensure that Departmental STI is appropriately identified, disseminated, preserved, and accessible to policy makers, the scientific community, and the public within the boundaries of laws, regulations, Executive orders, other DOE requirements, and program needs and resources; and
  2. provide high-level requirements for safeguarding classified, Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI), and controlled unclassified information (CUI) in order to protect STI when mandated by laws, regulations, Executive orders, and other DOE requirements.

Full order from U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, Office of Scientific and Technical Information: DOE O 241.1B (last updated Dec 13, 2010)

Why submit technical publications

  • Dissemination of Knowledge
  • To fulfill Fermilab’s contractual requirements with DOE.  The number of Scientific/Technical Publications published is listed in annual DOE scorecard reports.  Scientific/Technical Publications are Fermilab’s end product

Who submits

  • FRA Employees – this includes Scientific/ Technical Publications that list FRA Employees on the author list
  •  Guest Scientists, Visitors, Users, and Members of a Collaboration, reporting work done using Fermilab facilities

What is submitted

All Theses and Scientific/Technical Publications written for external distribution

  • Theses
    • Bachelors
    • Masters
    • Doctoral dissertations

  • Scientific/Technical Publications
    • Preprints intended for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
    • Conference reports
    • Technical memos documenting equipment or other technology
    • Physics notes – short papers not intended for journals or conferences
    • Posters and presentations/slides.
  • Does not include internal notes.

Mandatory Requirements for Scientific/Technical Publications per Contract with DOE

We are required to submit the final preprint versions of papers accepted by journals to the DOE. Once your paper is accepted, please upload to this system, as a revised version, the final manuscript you sent to the journal. We cannot use the actual publisher’s copy that appears in the journal unless it was published Open AccessTo distinguish it, please write “(accepted)” under the Fermilab report number on the title page.

Steps for Submitting Publications


If submitting any of the following:

  • Conference Report (associated with a conference)
  • Physics Notes (other/miscellaneous)
  • Poster (a poster presentation)
  • Publication (intended for peer-reviewed journal)
  • Slides (associated with a talk)
  • Technical Memo (about a technique or device)

Request a publication number.

If submitting a thesis, skip to step 2. Technical publications staff will assign a number for you.

If submitting Proposals/Design Reports/Letters of Intent, email pdf to


Upload Thesis or Publication


Be sure to include an acknowledgement, copyright information, and a disclaimer. Read below for more information.


Paper will undergo an internal review.

Optional: Submit paper to


Submit to external publication.

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Be sure to include the appropriate Acknowledgement and Disclaimer, as needed,  in your publication per requirements from the DOE.


This must be on all Scientific/Technical Publications:


This manuscript has been authored by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359 with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of High Energy Physics.


This document was prepared by [COLLABORATION NAME] using the resources of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), a U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, HEP User Facility. Fermilab is managed by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA), acting under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359.

Copyright Statement

This can be covered when the Fermilab Technical Publications Officer signs the publisher’s copyright form:

The U.S. Government retains and the publisher, by accepting the article for publication, acknowledges that the U.S. Government retains a non-exclusive, paid-up, irrevocable, world-wide license to publish or reproduce the published form of this manuscript, or allow others to do so, for U.S. Government purposes.

Transfer of Copyright Agreement

  • All Transfer of Copyright Agreements must be signed by the Fermilab Technical Publications Office. This is required by our contract with DOE and gives us the right to make the information contained in the Scientific/Technical Publication freely available on Fermilab’s Technical Publications web pages without breaking U.S. copyright laws.
  • You must upload the Scientific/Technical Publication before the Transfer of Copyright Agreement can be signed.
  • Transfer of Copyright Agreements are in two formats, either paper or electronic.
    • Paper format ‐ Bring to Technical Publications OfficeWH3SW#358 for signature.
    • Electronic format ‐ PRD, PRL, AIP, JINST and other publishers require authors to log in to their websites in order to complete these forms.  Do Not complete these forms, forward the email that you received from the publisher to and it will be handled for you.   IEEE has a box to check that states you do not have authorization to sign. It will then ask you for name, title and email of person who does have the authorization to sign the form ‐ type  Kathryn Duerr, Technical Information & Records Administrator, 630‐840‐5693


For software and technical data:


Neither the United States nor the United States Department of Energy, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any data, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.


This computer software was prepared by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC (FRA) and [insert the individual author], hereinafter the Contractor, under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359 with the Department of Energy (DOE). All rights in the computer software are reserved by DOE on behalf of the United States Government and the Contractor as provided in the Contract. You are authorized to use this computer software for Governmental purposes but it is not to be released or distributed to the public. NEITHER THE GOVERNMENT NOR THE CONTRACTOR MAKES ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OR ASSUMES ANY LIABILITY FOR THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE. This notice including this sentence must appear on any copies of this computer software.

These are DOE required reviews and are performed by subject matter experts here at Fermilab.

When publications are reviewed


Completed when the Fermilab report number is requested.

ORTA (patent) review

Completed when the publication is uploaded.


Only completed if necessary (see exceptions), after the publication is uploaded and is time-dependent on reviewers workload.

What is reviewed

ORTA (patent) review: all papers, theses, posters and slides.
EXPORT CONTROL: all papers, theses, posters and slides.
SCIENTIFIC review: all papers except those of
  • Particle Theory
  • Astro Theory
  • Accepted Manuscripts (Anything already accepted for publication by a journal. These have been through the journal’s refereeing process and are what DOE-OSTI wants us to submit to them – we do not want them having any changes).
  • CMS papers (full collaboration)
  • Design reports
  • JACoW conference proceedings papers
  • Major conferences papers such as ICHEP, CHEP, ASC, IMCMC, NuFact, etc.
  • Proceedings of Science papers
  • Theses
  • Collaborations:  DES, CDF, D0, NOvA, Minerva, MINOS/MINOS+, CDMS, MicroBooNE, SeaQuest, Mu2e, G-2


  • If corrections are required by the Scientific/Technical Reviewer, assigned by Directorate based on the content of the Scientific/Technical Publication, these must be made and the Scientific/Technical Publication re‐uploaded
  • If Scientific/Technical Publication is denied by the Scientific/Technical Reviewer, the author is If the author chooses to rewrite the Scientific/Technical Publication, it must be re‐uploaded and will be resubmitted to the Scientific/Technical Reviewer.
  • Approved Scientific/Technical Publication posted on Fermilab’s Technical Publications web


Kathryn Duerr
WH3SW #358
Hours:  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday thru Friday
(630) 840-5693