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Access to this site is available only through work stations and remote computers connected to the internet via the Office of Science (SC) Lan. Subscription journals accessible via this site are governed by license agreements and may be used by SC Staff whose duty stations are located at DOE Headquarters.

SC e-journals 3.0: The Office of Science staff is now provided the latest technology in search and retrieval with the new Federated Search provided with this upgrade. Search results are more likely to meet individual user needs, relevancy ranking algorithms have become more sophisticated and the entire full text of documents is now ranked. Refining your search results is also among the new features.

Technical Requirements:

This site works best with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. Viewers and an unzip utility are recommended for displaying of documents. Attached for your convenience is a link for downloading the Adobe Reader. Desktop Shortcut: To add a shortcut to your desktop for SC e-journals, right click on any page and choose the "Create Shortcut" option. Then click "OK".

Archived Journal Issues:

Journals by Publisher includes information on available archived journal issues, which vary by publisher.

Open Access Journals:

The Open Access Journal (OAJ) collection consists of freely available, peer reviewed scientific journals of interest to SC. New journals are frequently added as they become available. All Open Access Journals are identified with an OAJ by the title. Open Access Journals can be accessed under the Browse Option on the Home page or under "O" in the Journals Alphabetical by Title. OAJ are no longer listed individually in the Publisher list. The OAJ collection is indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals and is searchable by selecting "Directory of Open Access Journals" on the Advancd Search by Publisher page.

'Web of Science' Search:

  • The Web of Science search link takes you to an extended search capability including a cited reference search, an author finder, and a citation mapping tool that tracks an article’s cited and citing references through two generations.
  • Detailed search information is provided on the Web of Science Help page.

General Search Tips:

  • Full-text searching is available when supported by the publisher’s database.
  • "And" and "Or" operators are generally supported (for example, searching frogs or toads returns results with either or both words).
  • There is no need to use quotes for phrases – we phrase-search by default.
  • Wildcard character * (asterisk, for example, ecolog* will find both ecological and ecology) is supported in several, but not all, databases.
  • Search is not case sensitive (for example, RAIN, Rain, and rain will produce the same results).
  • Query Expressions:

    A query expression may consist of a single term or you may construct a complex query using a combination of multiple terms, Boolean operators, quoted phrases, parentheses and wildcards.
    • Multiple terms
      • Terms with no Boolean operator specified will have AND applied by default.
        Example: A search on frogs toads will return results on both frogs and toads.
    • Boolean operators
      • The Boolean operations AND, OR and NOT are used to construct complex queries. (Note: These operators are ignored within quoted phrases.)
        Example: A search on frogs AND toads will return results where both frogs and toads appear; frogs OR toads will return results where either frogs or toads appear; frogs NOT toads will return results with frogs and without toads.
    • Exact phrases
      • You can search for an exact phrase by enclosing the phrase in double quotation marks.
        Example: A search on nitrate cycling will return results where the term nitrate is immediately followed by the term cycling.
      • All wildcards, parentheses, and Boolean operators contained within a quoted phrase are ignored as operators but will be interpreted as literal characters in the phrase.
    • Parentheses
      • Using parentheses allows you to specify the order in which Boolean expressions are evaluated.
        Example: global ((climate change) OR warming) will search for either global climate change or global warming; similarly, ((black holes) or (dark matter)) AND gravitation will search for either black and holes and gravitation or dark and matter and gravitation.
    • Wildcards
      • Both single and multi-character wildcard operators are supported. Wildcards are only evaluated at the beginning and end of terms.
      • Use * to match one or more characters (characters include numbers, letters and punctuation).
        Example: nucle* will return results with the terms nuclear, nucleus, nucleoprotein, etc.
      • Use ? to match exactly one character.
        Example: DO? will return results with the terms DOE, DOI, dog, etc.
    • Searches are not case-sensitive, so RAIN, Rain and rain will produce the same results.
    • A comma or semicolon in a query expression is treated literally, not as a separator or operator.