Frequently Asked Questions
What is Science.gov? addremove
Science.gov is a U.S. government website providing a search tool for finding scientific and technical information from across top U.S. federal agencies. Science.gov is the U.S. contribution to WorldWideScience.org, which provides access to science information from national and international scientific databases and portals.
What does Science.gov contain? addremove
Search results may include scientific and technical reports, peer-reviewed scholarly publications, e.g., accepted manuscripts and journal articles, digital data, software, conference presentations and proceedings, and other scientific and technical information that federal agencies publish as a result of their research investments. Additionally, Science.gov provides key information in support of Open Science which provides users with access to open science initiatives, engagements, and policies in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) declaration of 2023 as a Year of Open Science; and in response to the 2022 and 2013 Whitehouse memos for Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research (August 25, 2022) and Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (February 22, 2013). For more information about these activities and policies, see the Open Science & Public Access page.
How does the search work? addremove
Science.gov simultaneously searches the selected sources using federated search. That is, Science.gov simultaneously launches and distributes user queries to multiple databases and other sources, then aggregates, ranks and displays top-level results from all sources. Each result contains a title including a link to the full information, an indication of relevance to the search query (indicated by blue stars where more stars indicate greater relevance), an information snippet, and a link to the host agency.
Unlike some third-party search engines that search only the surface web, Science.gov drills down into the deep web, which contains a vast amount of scientific and technical information. For assistance with questions about how to search Science.gov, please see the Help page.
How is Science.gov governed? addremove
Science.gov is governed and supported by CENDI, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers. The CENDI.gov and Science.gov websites were developed and are maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, a unit of the Office of Science, in partnership with CENDI. For more information, visit the OSTI.GOV and CENDI websites.