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Submitting Publications and Reports

Electronic Documents Two ways to forward:

  • URL If the documents exist on an agency Website, please notify NTIS in an email message to Please specify the URL address where the documents can be found.
  • Email Please attach pdf or word formatted documents in an email addressed to

Paper Documents Send one high-quality, legible copy to:

U.S. Department of Commerce
National Technical Information Service
Attn: Receipt of Stock Office
5301 Shawnee Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312

NTIS needs a high-quality, legible copy of each document included in its collection. Once the original stock is exhausted, NTIS uses this master to print additional copies. The quality of copies NTIS reproduces is directly related to the quality of the original.

Please send a completed Report Documentation Page (SF-298) with each report. It provides the information that assures your document will be announced accurately. You need not include any information easily found in the first few pages of the report. To obtain more information/forms by mail, call (703) 605-6239.


Report Number Series For Your Organization

If you submit more than one item, NTIS can create a report number series for your organization that makes it easier to track and catalog reports. If you are already using a system, NTIS can register your existing series.

NTIS has been designated by the National Information Standards Organization as the central authority to maintain a registry of report numbers. For more information, call the NTIS Standard Technical Report Number (STRN) Service at (703) 605-6274.


Copyright Permissions

If the document to be distributed by NTIS or any part of it is copyrighted or otherwise restricted, a letter signed by the copyright owner or authorized representative must accompany the document.

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Submitting Multimedia Products

To better provide you quality customer service, please call (703) 605-6135 prior to sending any items to NTIS. Please send a completed multimedia product submission form for each item.

What is considered a multimedia product?
Multimedia products consist of video, (non-computer) CD-ROM, (non-computer) DVD, PowerPoint slides, accompanying texts and any training related programs.


Submitting Computer Products

Computer products include all types of software, electronic datafiles, magnetic tape, diskettes, and DVD/CD-ROM. Download computer product submission forms.

Where do I mail my computer products?

Use appropriate packing material for all computer products. It is important to mail related items together as one package to ensure proper handling. Mail to:

U.S. Department of Commerce
National Technical Information Service
Attn: Christie Langone
5301 Shawnee Rd., Alexandria, VA 22312

What is considered a computer product?

  • Datafiles, diskettes and DVD/CD-ROMs


What needs to be included with my computer product submission?

  • Each DVD/CD-ROM disc needs to be labeled with the name of the producing agency and title. If more than one disc is in a set, label the number each disc.
  • Datafiles need record layouts and description, complete and reproducible.
  • If the computer product is to be updated, all updates should be sent to NTIS so the product may be sold on a continuing subscription basis. Include an update schedule.
  • Computer software needs to include documentation to implement the program with input and output layouts.