In the absence of a centralized publications office, the following steps are intended to help NOAA authors through the process of getting their documents published as NOAA publications. The first section below reflects the process for print publication and further down there are instructions for digital only publications that will not generate a hardcopy counterpart.
- In order to submit a publication into a NOAA publication series, such as a Technical Memorandum or Technical Report series, a form similar to the NOAA Form 25-700, used by NMFS SPO, is filed by the author with the person in their
line office designated as Publications Coordinator,
responsible for checking series numbers to confirm which were unassigned and
thus available. The author would then select a free number (typically
the next in sequence). The Publications Coordinator will also provide and/or apply any applicable standards, such as for formatting.
- The line office's Regional Printing Coordinator
submits a Dept. of Commerce (DOC) form CD-27 "Publication Clearance
Request" once a year
for each publication series
with the NOAA Public Affairs Office.
- The Regional Printing Coordinator can provide a cost
estimate for printing via the U.S. Government Printing
Office (GPO) Form SF-1 or by otherwise contacting GPO.
- The Regional Printing Coordinator or NOAA
Printing Coordinator submits the special NOAA variant of U.S. Government Printing
Office (GPO) Form SF-1 "Printing and Binding Requisition" to requisition the
hard copies. [Note: The GPO Form
3868 "Notification of Intent to Publish" may also be required].
- GPO Form SF-1 is accompanied by GPO Form 952 "Digital Publishing
Information" to describe how any part of the document that was created on a
computer should be printed in hardcopy.
- As needed, submit NOAA Form 50-5A "Requisition for Duplicating Service" to
the NOAA Duplicating Plant if you want hardcopy reprints and/or DOC Form CD-10B "Photographic
Specification Sheet" with Form SF-1, if you need reprints of
- The library staff of the author's line office, provided
a copy of the publication, coordinates getting the document into the NOAA Libraries
catalog, the GPO Catalog of Government Publications (CGP), and deposited via
the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and/or the NOAA
For digital/online-only publication, only steps 1 and 7 need apply.
Links to additional information:
Additional instructions for publishing in NMFS publications.
Federal On-Scene Coordinators Guide to NOAA Scientific Support
Instructions for submitting publications to the GPO Catalog of Government Publications.