User Responsibilities

Publication Credit Line

Each facility [SNS or HFIR] should be acknowledged with this required statement:

[A portion of] This research at ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor [and/or Spallation Neutron Source, as appropriate] was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy.

Please submit bibliographic information for your publications via the Publications Portal


Safe operations are integral to the ORNL mission, as practiced in the Integrated Safety Management System. A user must agree to adhere to all relevant safety requirements and to complete all user training deemed necessary by a given facility.

User Charter

The User Charter describes the rights and responsibilities of Neutron Sciences Users. We ask that Users review this document as they prepare for their visit: HFIR and SNS User Charter (pdf).

User Agreements

US DOE requires that its ORNL operating contractor (UT-Battelle) and the institution of each user who accesses its User Facilities sign, in advance, a standard agreement dealing with such topics as intellectual property, liability, site access, safety, and publications. The User Agreement is not project-specific and it applies to virtually all of an institution's approved proposals at ORNL's designated User Facilities. If an applicable agreement does not already exist, the user or institution will receive an agreement and instructions from the ORNL Sponsored Research Office.

The NScD User Office and UTB Office of Technology Transfer will initiate preparation of these agreements for approved proposals, if the agreements do not already exist.

Intent to Publish

As a condition for performing nonproprietary research, the U.S. Dept of Energy requires users to publish results from their research. Authorship of publications based on research from these facilities should reflect the normal considerations of recognizing collaborations. It is also important to take into account the considerable efforts of the instrument scientists in their role of designing, constructing, and/or operating the instrument and related facilities. Results are typically published in peer-reviewed journals, proceedings, or presentations at technical conferences. Proprietary users are not required to publish. See Publication Credit Line requirement above.