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ANNOUNCEMENT OF NASA PUBLICATIONS IN STAR
Scientific and technical reports produced by NASA and its contractors and grantees, or in conjunction with other Government agencies, and other selected documents released by NASA are identified by an asterisk (*) following the accession numbers (e.... N74-10132*) Prior to their announcement in STAR. these NASA publications are assigned a specific NASA report number, which is shown on the last line of the STAR citation. The nature of NASA publications is specified by the report number series, identified by a prefix to the report number: TR-R, TN-D, TM-X, TT-F. CR, or SP. These series refer respectively to NASA Technical Reports, which contain significant and complete contributions to scientific and technical knowledge. Technical Notes, reports of similar quality but lesser scope. Technical Memorandums, reports containing preliminary data or of specialized utility: Technical Translations, information published in a foreign language and considered to merit NASA distribution in English: Contractor Reports, information generated under NASA-sponsored contracts, grants, or interagency agreements, and Special Publications, which include conference proceedings. monographs, data compilations, sourcebooks. special bibliographies, and other publications derived from or of value to NASA activities. Reports in these series that are printed by NASA are often referred to as “low-numbered" or "low series“ publications, because the report number is always below 50.000 (8.000 for Technical Translations). Some TM-X and CR reports are numbered above 50,000. These, and TT-F translations above 8.000. are referred to as "high-numbered" or "high series" publications, and are generally available only in microfiche' or facsimile reproductions.
DISTRIBUTION OF NASA PUBLICATIONS
NASA distributes its publications to qualified recipients who have registered as describeo in the next paragraph. (Public availability of NASA reports and other publications announced in STAR is discussed separately in this Introduction.) Automatic distribution of low series NASA reports can be made in either paper (printed) copy or microfiche. High series NASA reports are given automatic distribution only as microfiche. The automatic distribution of a NASA report, in paper copy and/or microfiche, is made under the same subject category in which it is announced in STAR. A printed low series report usually is disseminated four to six weeks prior to its announcement in STAR. Microfiche of both low and high series reports are disseminated concurrently with STAR announcement. Automatic distribution of NASA documents is supplemented by a secondary request service, usually for microfiche copy only.
which NASA may provide to qualified registrants. ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION FOR NASA INFORMATION PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
A variety of services, in addition to the distribution of NASA scientific and technical reports and of STAR and its cumulative indexes, is available to organizations of the following types that have registered with NASA to receive specific services or products:
1. NASA offices, research centers, contractors, subcontractors, grantees, and consult
ants: 2. Other U.S. Government agencies and their contractors: 3. Libraries in the United States that have arrangements with NASA to maintain collec
tions of NASA documents for public reference; 4. Other organizations in the United States having a need for NASA documents in work
(1) A microfiche is a transparent sheet of film, 105 by 148 mm in size. containing as many as 60 to
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ments with NASA.
Attn: Registration Activity
College Park, MD 20740
Foreign Exchange and Acquisitions Branch.
The source of documents announced in STAR varies, depending upon the organization
citation. If no price is shown in a current STAR citation, it may be ascertained by
Microfiche. Microfiche is available from NTIS at a standard price of $1.45
Categories in Microfiche program. NTIS will add 15 cents for each title shipped.
ing Office, in hard copy. The price and order number are given following the avail-
at the standard $1.45 price, for those documents identified by a # symbol.)
or purchased from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Public
ability are usually news releases or informational leaflets available without charge in
lections of U.S. Atomic Energy Commission reports, usually in microfiche form, are
from the USAEC Technical Information Center
lation Abstracts and are sold by University Microfilms as xerographic copy (HC) at
author and the Order Number as they appear in the citation
tain color illustrations, or otherwise may not have the quality of illustrations pre-
documents and the possible utilization of local copying services (e.g.. color
Pendragon House, Inc. (PHI). Redwood City. California. The U.S. price (including a
service and mailing chargo) is given, or a conversion table may be obtained from PHI.
shire, England. Photocopies available from this organization at the price shown.
(If none is given, inquiry should be addressed to the BLL.)
Munich, Federal Republic of Germany. at the price shown in deutschmarks (DM).
to the availability of these documents should be addressed to the organization
shown in the citation as the corporate author of the document.
standard price of 50 cents each. postage free. (See discussion of patents and patent
publisher and his address will be displayed entirely on the availability line or in com-
EUROPEAN AVAILABILITY OF NASA AND AGARD DOCUMENTS
Facsimile copy or microfiche of NASA and NASA-sponsored documents identified by both the
ESRO/ELDO Space Documentation Service
NASA PATENTS AND PATENT APPLICATIONS
Patents and patent applications owned by NASA are announced in STAR under appropriate
Commissioner of Patents
When ordering patents, the U.S. Patent Nurnber should be used, and payment must be re-
Assistant General Counsel for Patent Matters/ Code GP-1
In the citation of each NASA-supported document and of some non-NASA documents is a code (e.g., CSCL 05A) that indicates the subject category assigned to it from the COSATI Subject Category List (first ed. December, 1964) published by the Committee on Scientific and Technical Information of the Federal Council for Science and Technology.
The authority for the indexing vocabulary used in the subject index of this issue of STAR is the NASA Thesaurus. The most recent version is the NASA Thesaurus — Alphabetical Update (NASA SP-7040), September 1971, which is available from NTIS as accession number N72-15923 for $6.00 in paper copy. The current cross-reference structuring for each term appears in this volume, together with additional approved terms that may be used in indexing documents announced in other issues of STAR. NASA SP-7040 supersedes the first two volumes (subject terms A–Z) of the three-volume Preliminary Edition of the NASA Thesaurus (NASA SP-7030), December 1967. Volume III of the Preliminary Edition presented the following aids to vocabulary selection of the 1967 terms: hierarchical display of index terms, category terms listing, and permuted index: this has not been updated but may still be useful.
SUBSCRIPTION TO NASA PRINTED DOCUMENTS
The National Technical Information Service offers an annual subscription to printed NASA formal series reports at a per-title price, including handling and postage, of $2.00 domestic, $2.50 foreign. (There are no added charges beyond this for subscribers outside the United States.) About 1,000 titles are printed yearly; all must be subscribed to. Included are NASA Technical Reports. Technical Notes, Special Publications (including those printed by the Government Printing Office). Contractor Reports numbered below CR-50.000, Technical Memorandums numbered below TM-X-50,000, and Technical Translations numbered below TT-F-8000. Excluded are NASA patents. Technology Utilization publications (SP-5000 series). NASA continuing bibliographies (SP-7000 series), and Space Vehicle Design Criteria (SP-8000 series). (Continuing bibliographies can be purchased from NTIS on yearly subscription for specific titles and supplements or on an individual-title basis, while the TU and SVDC publications are sold by NTIS only on an individual report basis.) For additional details on subscriptions, inquiries should be directed to NTIS.