By Beck Reitmeyer
As Lab Director Jonathan Dorfan recently said, "A research
institution’s publication record provides an important measure of its
success" (TIP, September 5, 2003). Register and submit your documents to
the Technical Publications department (TechPubs), and help us give your
paper—and the Lab—the attention it deserves.
Once you register and submit your document to TechPubs, they
automatically send it through the Tech Transfer office, post it to the Web
and include it in the SPIRES literature database. This also helps fulfill
a requirement from the Director (All Hands Memo, February 8, 2000) and our
mandate from DOE to collect, track and organize all written results of
work done at SLAC.
Is it a SLAC Document?
Broadly defined, a SLAC document is a written work authored by a SLAC
employee, user, subcontractor or visitor that is produced by using SLAC
resources. The resource can be as earth-shaking as a new experimental
result or technical breakthrough discovered at SLAC or as mundane as your
office space or computer.
TechPubs offers a variety of document numbers to organize SLAC
publications. For example, PUB numbers are used for papers that you can
publish as journal articles, conference publications or lectures; R
numbers are for technical reports, theses or conference proceedings; TN
numbers are for technical notes or papers not being submitted to a journal
or conference. To determine which type of number is right for your
document, go to the idoc online registration system Web site at
http://idoc.slac.stanford.edu/doctypes.htm or ask someone in the
TechPubs department (http://www-group.slac.stanford.edu/techpubs).
Since we publish these documents to the Web, your papers quickly become
available to colleagues within SLAC and around the world. On-line
publishing has also helped us report SLAC’s work annually, to the DOE and
to win a DOE certificate of achievement "for successfully completing the
transition from paper to electronic technical information reporting 3
years ahead of the DOE goal" (DOE Certificate of Achievement, March 15,
Fulfilling your author responsibilities is easy. Log on to idoc at
to obtain a document number and then follow the posted submission
instructions to either FTP or e-mail an electronic version of your paper
to us—we’ll do the rest. Log on to idoc during our first annual Pub Week
(November 17-21) to enter a drawing for your choice of prizes – no paper
entry is necessary to win.
Remember that registering and submitting the document you’ve authored
as a SLAC publication benefits both you and the Lab.