Frequently asked questions
Question: What is the NRC Publications Archive?
The National Research Council (NRC) Publications Archive is a searchable online repository of NRC-authored publications. It includes corporate reports, technical reports, peer-reviewed publications (such as articles, proceedings, books, and book chapters), data sets, images, as well as audio and video files. More than 57,000 citations and 15,000 digital objects are accessible in the repository. (Please note that while comprehensive, the repository does not contain every NRC-authored publication.)
Question: How current is the information in the NRC Publications Archive?
Our system depends on author submissions. We receive submissions on a regular basis and update the archive daily to reflect any new additions.
Question: How many years back does the NRC Publications Archive cover?
We are currently processing a backlog of retrospective publications. When this is completed, the NRC Publications Archive will date from 1916 to present day.
Question: Where can I find information about NRC patents?
NRC patent records are not included in the NRC Publications Archive. To view NRC patents, please see the following resources:
- Canadian Intellectual Property Office
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- European Patent Office
For patents filed in other countries, contact the patent office website of the country in question or see the PATENTSCOPE database from the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Question: What is a "non-NRC publication"?
"Non-NRC publications" are publications authored by NRC employees prior to their employment by NRC.
Question: Is there any way to limit the results of a search to records for which the full text is available?
Yes. On the search results page, the "Refine results" feature offers various ways to limit your search. To limit your search to citation records with attachments, scroll to the "Full text" section, check the option "yes", scroll back up and click on "Limit to". New results will appear that include only records with attachments.
Question: How do I get the full text for publications I am interested in?
This repository contains the version of the publication that NRC is allowed to deposit in its repository, based on copyright. Due to copyright limitations, the available full text may be the author's version or the accepted manuscript rather than the final published version.
To see the deposited content (manuscript, supplementary data, video, audio, etc.) click on the "View…" hyperlinks. Whenever possible a link to the full text on the publisher's site is also provided via a DOI or URL. To go to the publisher's site from your search results, click on the title of the item of interest and from the full record display click on the hyperlinked DOI or publisher URL.
Question: Why don't I get full text links for some items?
The NRC Publications Archive is a citation database containing bibliographic information about NRC-authored publications. While every attempt is made to include a link to the full text of a publication, the database is not a full-text database.
Question: Why do I get a Bad URL, Error 404 or some other not found message?
If you encounter a link that does not work or if you have clicked on a part of a record and received an error message, please report this error as soon as possible by calling 613-998-8544 or 1-800-668-1222 (toll-free) or by sending an email to PublicationsArchive-ArchivesPublications@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.
Question: Why are there some records with very little data displayed in them?
Some records contain more information than others. If you feel that more information should be provided for a given record, please do not hesitate to use the "Report a correction" link (available in full record view) and submit your suggestions.
Question: Why does the format of some author names appear inconsistently?
The metadata within the NRC Publications Archive reflects the published version of the work. Names variations are common between publishers. If your name is not appearing correctly in a record (does not reflect name as on published version of your publication), please click on "Report a correction" (available in full record view) and submit the correct information.
Question: How can I receive notification when new records have been added to NRC Publications Archive?
To be notified of any new additions to the repository please subscribe to our Atom feed. You can also create custom Atom feeds by first executing a search and subscribing to the Atom feed of the subsequent search results.
Question: How can I harvest the metadata within the NRC Publications Archive?
The entire set of NRC Publications Archive metadata is available for metadata harvesting using the OAI-PMH protocol.
- Base URL: http://oai.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/oai/ctrl
- Identify: http://oai.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/oai/ctrl?verb=Identify
- List Metadata Formats: http://oai.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/oai/ctrl?verb=ListMetadataFormats
- Sample Record (OAI_DC format): http://oai.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/oai/ctrl?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&identifier=oai:cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.ca:cistinparc:1570664
- Sample Record (MODS format): http://oai.cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/oai/ctrl?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=mods&identifier=oai:cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.ca:cistinparc:1570664
Question: Who can I contact with feedback, comments, or questions?
Please provide feedback by calling 613-998-8544 or 1-800-668-1222 (toll-free) or by sending an email to PublicationsArchive-ArchivesPublications@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca.
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