Source: | April 26, 2016

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has created a series of three online tutorials to help users navigate the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and ScienceBeta (DOE PAGESBeta), the DOE portal that makes scholarly publications resulting from DOE research funding publicly accessible and searchable at no charge.

DOE PAGESBeta offers free access to the best available full-text version of DOE-affiliated scholarly publications – either the peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript or the published article – after an administrative interval of 12 months.  Launched in August 2014, DOE PAGESBeta was developed and is maintained by OSTI, a unit of the DOE Office of Science.

DOE PAGESBeta represents DOE’s response to the February 22, 2013, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy memorandum, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” that called on federal science agencies to develop plans to provide public access to the results of research they fund within a year of publication.  The Department subsequently prepared and, in July 2014, published the DOE Public Access Plan, which detailed the steps the agency would take to increase public access to scientific publications.

DOE PAGESBeta leverages the long-established DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP)infrastructure and corporate E-Link submission system for collecting, preserving, and disseminating scientific and technical information (STI) to encompass accepted manuscripts.  DOE-funded authors at national laboratories and grantee and other research institutions are using this existing process to submit metadata and links to accepted manuscripts (or the full text itself) to OSTI.

To complement the DOE-supplied content and to enable access to the “best available version,” OSTI is also collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS, or the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States.  The DOE portal ingests publisher-supplied metadata and links to participating publishers’ DOE-affiliated publicly accessible content.  Thus, when a publisher provides a publicly accessible article about DOE research and development (R&D) results, DOE PAGESBeta links to it; if the article is not available, DOE PAGESBeta provides access to the corresponding accepted manuscript.

OSTI recently produced three DOE PAGESBeta tutorials to help maximize the use and visibility of the DOE public access resource, as called for in Goal 4 of the 2015-2019 OSTI Strategic Plan.

The first DOE PAGESBeta tutorial was designed for new users:  it provides an introduction to the public access gateway, its contents, and its search capabilities.  The other two tutorials are intended to help returning users better craft their searches.  One tutorial provides additional information on the three types of documents available at DOE PAGESBeta – accepted manuscripts, publisher accepted manuscripts, and published articles; the other tutorial offers tips on how to use the DOE PAGESBeta advanced search to enhance results.

Watched individually or as a set, the tutorials are designed to help users take advantage of the full functionality of DOE PAGESBeta to access peer-reviewed publications resulting from DOE funding.  OSTI invites you to check them out – and if you have questions and comments, please send them