Publish STI

Publishing NASA scientific and technical information (STI) via the NASA STI Program makes the results of NASA scientific, technical and related engineering research and development widely available and preserves it for the future. Publication reviews and guidelines ensure that the STI is handled and distributed as appropriate, based on any indicated limitations. This page contains information and resources to guide NASA authors, contractors and grantees through the publication process.

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Benefits of Publishing through the NASA STI Program
The benefits of publishing and archiving NASA scientific and technical information (STI) via the NASA STI Program are equally important to authors and users of STI. These advantages include domestic and international announcement of your work and wide dissemination through commercial and government sources such as the Government Publishing Office (GPO), the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

In addition, NASA STI is made available (if appropriate, based on specified limitations) to the public, U.S. business and industry, academia, and to other government agencies. It will be included in the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Registered (Formerly known as NA&SD), and as appropriate, in the public interface, the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS). The NTRS Registered uses subject classification and NASA Thesaurus standardized terms and indexing for powerful and quick search and retrieval. NASA STI is maintained and preserved to allow for managed access and dissemination through registration and exchange agreements.


Publication Guidance
NASA Publications Guide for Authors (NASA/SP-2015-7602/REV 2) gives basic information about publishing NASA STI including sections explaining the review process, formatting information, and required forms and documentation.

NASA Procedural Requirements, NPR 2200.2D: Requirements for Documentation, Approval and Dissemination of NASA Scientific and Technical Information provides detailed requirements for approving, publishing and disseminating STI.

Guidance and Levels of Technical Review for NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) includes information about professional, technical and peer reviews for NASA STI.

Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization: A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors (NASA-SP-7084)


Journal Articles
What are Journal Article Preprints, Accepted Manuscripts, and Reprints?

The journal article version that is submitted to the journal publisher to request acceptance and publication.

Accepted Manuscript
The version of the journal article that has been accepted for publication by a journal publisher and includes changes requested by the publisher and made by the author during the peer-review process. It typically includes the same content as the published article in the journal but frequently (not always) does not include the publisher’s form or format.

The version that is published in the journal by the publisher. It will typically have the date of publication and volume number. Some Federal agencies and publishers also call these the Version of Record manuscript.


Documentation, Approval and Dissemination of NASA STI
When planning a publication, it is recommended that authors contact their NASA Center Technical Publications Office (TPO) or Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Manager to discuss the publication’s outline and format, production, authorization, review and approval, printing or reproduction (if applicable), distribution, and deadline requirements. The Center TPO and STI Manager are excellent sources of information. For assistance with locating the appropriate TPO or STI Manager contact the STI Information Desk.

The following principal steps from Appendix E of NASA Procedural Requirement (NPR) 2200.2D, “Requirements for Documentation, Approval and Dissemination of NASA Scientific and Technical Information” are provided as an overview to assist new authors in starting the publishing process.

  1. NASA Center TPO or STI Manager assesses, with the author and his or her technical management, the following:
    • The STI Report Series to be used, if applicable, based on the content and intended audience and the applicable subject categories
    • Review and approval requirements
    • Level of edit and production effort
    • Artwork and functional color requirements
    • Estimated length and number of copies (if applicable)
    • Electronic file requirements

    Center TPO or STI Manager helps to determine the existing policy for funding of the publication, if applicable.

  2. Author, Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR), or Grant Technical Officer (GTO) ensures that the required reviews are completed and that approvals are obtained.
  3. Author delivers the manuscript to the NASA Center TPO in draft, final, or camera-ready form. Drafts or final versions of STI should be accompanied by the following:
    • A completed Standard Form (SF) 298, Report Documentation Page (RDP), which is included as the last page of the report for nearly all NASA STI reports. For details about the RDP see section C.3 and C.4 of NPR 2200.2D.
    • NASA STI Document Availability Authorization (DAA). For more information about DAAs and the approval process see section 4.5 of NPR 2200.2D.
    • Any other approvals and/or authorizations required by the NASA Headquarters office or Center including, but not limited to, publishing and release authorizations, funding authorization, professional and technical review approvals, security officer approvals, and printing and duplicating authorizations.
  4. NASA Center TPO or STI Manager ensures that the manuscript has been reviewed for conformance to standards for NASA STI Report Series Publications (if applicable) and NASA Headquarters or Center standards and recommends and/or incorporates final changes to produce the final copy.
  5. Author and TPO or STI Manager review and approve the final copy. Center TPO or STI Manager submits publication and DAA to the Agency STI Program. Documents provided are processed into the STI database and announced in a variety of published bibliographies and other external resources.


NASA STI should be submitted to the Center’s Technical Publications Office (TPO) or STI Manager, which will provide a copy of it and the approved DAA, NF 1676 (or the Center’s version of this form) and SF 298, if appropriate, to the Agency STI Program. It is the responsibility of the Center TPO or STI Manager to ensure all STI sent to the Agency STI Program has gone through the DAA review process.


Report Templates
Special thanks to NASA Langley Research Center for allowing their Word templates to be adapted for Agency-wide use. Special thanks also to Bill Wood at Langley for the use of his LaTeX templates.

Microsoft Word
Download the NASA STI Report series templates. You may encounter errors if you open the documents directly from the website.

Download the files below. Test the installation by “latex sample” or “pdflatex sample”. Customize template.tex to become your report.

nasalogo.eps (save with .eps file extension)

  • The NASA.cls LaTeX2e class provides formatting for the cover, title, Report Documentation Page (SF 298), and back pages in NASA formats, in addition to the text of your report.
  • The NASA logo is used on the cover and title pages, and is available in both eps and pdf formats, depending upon whether you wish to run latex or pdflatex.
  • The ‘coveronly’ option generates only the front and back sides of the cover and title pages (4 pages total).
  • The Report Documentation Page (SF 298) can also be generated by itself by using the ‘RDPonly’ option: \documentclass[RDPonly]{NASA}. The RDP (SF298) is required for STI Report Series documents produced by JSC, LaRC, and SSC. It is optional for all others centers as the eDAA (NF1676B) captures the required information.
  • To use NASA.cls as a wrapper on an already formatted report (text.dvi), use the ‘coveronly’ and ‘RDPonly’ options, sequentially, to generate a cover.dvi and rdp.dvi files. Then use dviconcat to bundle it all into one file: dviconcat -o TM.dvi cover.dvi text.dvi rdp.dvi.
  • To use color.sty or xcolor.sty for color text, uncomment the \RequirePackage{xcolor} line in NASA.cls. There is a conflict when trying \usepackage{xcolor}.

The sample.tex input file contains a few comments for guidance on the fields to fill in. The fields are items like title, author, pages, etc. The sample file should produce a document like this.

The plain LaTeX template.tex may help you get started with writing your own document.

A bibstyle nasa.bst file is available, but has not been developed to the same extent as the rest of the package. Use it if you like, and contact the STI Information Desk if you have any corrections.