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The Sea Grant Collection

This page provides information on submitting and accessing publications funded and/or authored by Sea Grant. Until 2021, the Sea Grant Collection was held by the National Sea Grant Library at University of Rhode Island (URI). Sea Grant is currently updating and transitioning its digital collection to the NOAA Central Library. 

Status Update (5/17/2022): National Sea Grant Office staff is working with URI on the transition of archived materials to the NOAA Library. NSGO has launched new submission procedures for all Sea Grant documents, effective January 1, 2022. Programs should be advised that annual reports for work completed February 2021 to January 2022 are due in PIER by June 1, 2022. All publications should be submitted to the Sea Grant collection or the NSGO prior to the deadline.

Access the Sea Grant Collection

Find Sea Grant funded and authored journal articles, reports, educational materials, and more. Locate publications by keyword, grant number, or Sea Grant Program, or simply browse the collection.

Submit Publications to the Sea Grant Collection

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Submitting Sea Grant Publications

An overview of the submission processes used to submit Sea Grant documents to the Sea Grant Collection at the NOAA Library and the National Sea Grant Office. 

General Resources

Section 508 Resources

About Manuscripts and Versions

Submission of peer-reviewed journal articles to the Sea Grant Collection entails the submission of documents to the NOAA Institutional Repository, which requires the manuscript version of a journal article. This version of the document is often called the post-refereed, pre-publication manuscript. It is a draft of the manuscript after peer-review but does not have publisher-added content like pagination or logos. When submitting peer-reviewed journal articles to the Sea Grant Collection, we ask that this version of the manuscript is submitted. You can find examples of this format here and here

  • Manuscripts Explained: An in-depth guide to manuscript versioning and rights from the NOAA Publishing and Scholarly Communications LibGuide.
  • Manuscripts Webinar: Demystifies manuscripts, explains embargoes, copyright, and submitting to the NOAA Institutional Repository. Covers different types of publications. 
  • What is an Accepted Manuscript? (2015, Defines accepted manuscripts. 
  • Understanding and Navigating Open Access: A webinar covering all things Open Access: what it is, the different types, what it means, and how OA fits in with some federal requirements.

The illustration above shows how a manuscript progresses throughout the publishing process. At each stage throughout the process a new version of the manuscript is created and who retains ownership of that version.

Figure 1: The illustration above shows how a manuscript progresses throughout the publishing process. At each stage throughout the process a new version of the manuscript is created and who retains ownership of that version. Image derived from Manuscript detectives - submitted, accepted or published? (2018, Arthur Smith). 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to submit publications to the Sea Grant Collection?

All state Sea Grant programs are required to submit publications to the Sea Grant Collection for archival in either the NOAA Institutional Repository or the NOAA Library Catalog. The state Sea Grant staff responsible for publication reporting should complete the submission steps above for all relevant publications.  

Do I need to submit a hard copy of my publications?

Sea Grant programs are no longer required to submit hard copies of documents. Digital copies should be submitted following the procedures above. 

What if I cannot obtain the final accepted version of a manuscript?

The final accepted ("post-refereed") manuscript is the ideal version to submit to the Sea Grant Collection. However, if you are unable to obtain this version or are unsure if your version is the correct one, please proceed with your submission, and the NOAA Library staff will reach out if there is an issue. 

Does my publication need to be Section 508 Compliant?

Section 508 of the U.S. Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

All publications submitted to the Sea Grant Collection should be Section 508 Compliant. Most peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts and published articles in their final form are Section 508 Compliant. If you are unsure whether your publication is compliant, or you require assistance, please proceed with your submission(s) and a NOAA librarian will work with you to ensure publication accessibility. Please see the above "Section 508 Resources" for additional information. 

What kinds of documents are accepted into the Sea Grant Collection?

Peer-reviewed journal articles are accepted to the Sea Grant Collection and housed in the NOAA Institutional Repository. Other publications that are accepted include program reports, strategic/program documents manuals/handbooks/guidelines, annual/biennial reports, survey/evaluation reports, technical reports, educational materials, maps/atlases/charts, Sea Grant-authored books, bibliographies, newsletters, conference proceedings/workshops, and theses/dissertations. View a list of examples of accepted publications

What if I have other kinds of materials I want to submit (i.e. fact sheets, posters, brochures, directories, etc.)?

Documents excluded from the list above should be submitted as a batch to the NSGO using the "Sea Grant Documents Submission" process. These documents will be held and recorded by the National Sea Grant Office and will not be made accessible to the public. Sea Grant Programs should utilize their own platforms to make such documents available to local audiences. Please note this is an interim procedure for FY2022 as the NSGO determines how best to manage material that cannot be accepted to the NOAA Library. 

How can I find publications linked to my Sea Grant Program?

Navigate to the Sea Grant Collection in the NOAA Library Catalog. On the left hand column, narrow down results by "NOAA Program & Office," (click "More" if your program does not immediately appear). 

For additional questions on submitting publications to the Sea Grant Collection, please contact (email)