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Technical Reports - Patent Clearance

Publication, Patent Clearance and Copyright Information for Authors

Before Publication or Public Presentation — and in accordance with contractual requirements — the following items must be reviewed by PPPL management and submitted to the Department of Energy:

  • Conference, Research, Journal papers
  • Theses
  • Posters/Presentations/Abstracts (ONLY if patentable material is referenced or presented).


I. Obtain Review and Approval

A. Download the Publication and Patent Clearance Approval Form.
1. Complete items 1-7 of the Form
2. Enter off the keywords and subject on pages 3 and 4 of the Form that are associated with your paper or presentation.
3. Obtain approval signature of the sponsoring Department or Division Head on the Form.
B. Send the completed Form to the Publications Office [Room LSB-108]

C. E-mail a PDF copy of the paper to: Publications@pppl.gov who will obtain DOE review and approval.

II. Submit Paper/Presentation

A. Submit this DOE Copyright Notice with the manuscript or presentation (it does not have to be part of the paper):

         DOE Copyright Notice and Acknowledgment:

“Notice: This manuscript is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, and has been authored by Princeton University under Contract Number DE-AC02-09CH11466 with the U.S. Department of Energy. The publisher, by accepting the article for publication acknowledges, that the United States 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 United States Government purposes.”

B. Submit the manuscript/presentation to the publisher. (download the Publication Submittal Cover Page)

   Journal and Publisher Authentication - If you would like to authenticate a request to publish in a new or lesser-known journal, check these two websites:

1.  Check that the publisher is a member of OASPA:


 2.  Check that the journal is in DOAJ:


 If the PUBLISHER is not listed as a member of OASPA and/or the JOURNAL is not in the DOAJ database, it may be a predatory or highly suspicious journal, and may not meet our institutional standards for publishing.

If you have questions or would like assistance in validating a journal/publisher, please contact Laurie Bagley at lbagley@pppl.gov or 609-243-2425.

 C. Instruct the publisher to submit invoices to PPPL Accounting for payment.

D. Send or bring publisher's signed copyright forms to the Publications Office who will approve the copyright forms, return them to the publisher, and a retain a copy.

III. Follow-up of Publication and Related Charges, Invoices, and Payments

If you receive any invoices, obtain the proper cost center charge number and cost center approval from your Department/Division Head or Planning & Control (P&C Officer), and submit the invoice to PPPL Accounting for payment.


Publication and Patent Clearance Approval Form with subject/keyword choices list:Publication Submittal Cover Page (MS Word form)

For more information about Publication and Patent Clearance processes, please see:

PPPL Procedure GEN-031 "Publishing and Patent Clearance of Scientific and Technical Papers and Information"

The PPPL Publications and Patent Clearance presentation (attached PDF). 

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