About/FAQ


SC e-journals provides the Office of Science (SC) management and staff electronic access to key peer-reviewed scientific journals. Currently, over 2,000 journals may be accessed via the SC e-journals website. Available titles have been identified by SC Programs as being of specific interest or are made available via Departmental consortium arrangements when possible. The journal collection includes titles of broad interest to the Department as well as subject-specific titles. Journal subscriptions are generally renewed and the SC e-journals collection updated on an annual basis. SC e-journals is developed and maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

Q. Who can access SC e-journals?

A. SC e-journals is an Office of Science service. Copyrighted subscription journals accessible via this website are governed by license agreements and may be used by the SC management and staff whose duty stations are located at DOE Headquarters. Access to SC e-journals is available only through the Department of Energy Office of Science work stations and remote computers connected to the Internet via the SC LAN. To ensure journal and article access, bookmarks created for specific journals should be avoided.

Q. What are Open Access Journals?

A. Open Access journals are defined as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. Unlike copyrighted subscription journals, Open Access journal users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full-text articles of these journals. In addition to subscription journals, a link to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) have been incorporated into the SC e-journal collection.

Q. What is the ‘Web of Science’ search feature?

A. Web of Science, a product of Thomson Reuters, is also available via the SC e-journals home page. Web of Science is one of the leading, multidisciplinary journal citations databases and enables users to conduct cited reference searching. Links to SC subscribed titles are included in search results. Detailed search information is provided on the Web of Science Help page.

Q. What archived issues are available via the journal subscriptions?

A. Archived issues for individual journals vary. In many cases, a current subscription includes access to a number of archived issues of the journal and this may change over time. Information regarding journal issues availability from each publisher is provided on the list of Journals by Publisher under the 'Browse' option on the home page.

Q. Can new journals be requested?

A. When possible and costs permit, new journals requested by SC Headquarters staff will be added to the overall journal collection. If you would like to make a request to add a new journal title to the SC e-journals collection, please contact scejournals@osti.gov.

Q. What do I do if I encounter Journal access problems?

A. If you have questions or if you need assistance searching or accessing a journal, please contact OSTI at scejournals@osti.gov.