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NIST Technical Series Publications

 NIST Technical Series publications are written by or for NIST and published by the NIST Research Library. These publications consist of technical reports, recommendations, practice guides, industry handbooks, and other similar technical documents intended for external distribution.

Descriptions

Descriptions of the major publication types of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Search

Search for NIST Technical Reports in the NIST Research Library Catalog

Complete List

A webpage containing a full list of NIST reports from 1901 to the present, including citation downloads for each report. 

Polices

All NIST Technical Series publications are assigned Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to ensure continuing public access and deposited with the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO) to ensure digital preservation. Copyright, Fair Use, and Licensing statements for Technical Series Publications are determined as part of NIST's public access policies.

Versions

A single NIST Technical Series publication may have multiple versions. Each version will receive a separate DOI, and each version will remain at its assigned DOI. Drafts posted for public comment are not deposited with GPO.

  1. Draft posted for public comment – A non-final version that is made available to the public for their input.
  2. Final publication – The final version that is made available to the public.
  3. Errata update – A new copy of the final publication with corrections made. Corrections made in an errata update may not alter existing or introduce new technical requirements, but rather are intended to remove ambiguity and improve interpretation of the work.
  4. New revision/edition – A new version of the final publication with significant changes or updates. Examples include updating data to change results, revising guidelines based on new information, citing new studies, revising content based on reader feedback, etc.

How to Cite NIST Technical Series Publications

Only include fields that are applicable to your reference. 

NIST listed as the author:

Author (Year) Title. (U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.), NIST Series (Series Abbreviation) Report Number, Ed., Vol., Rev., Type and Date of updates/change order. DOI URL

  • Example: National Institute of Standards and Technology (2001) Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules. (Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.), Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS PUBS) 140-2, Change Notice 2 December 03, 2002. https://doi.org/10.6028/nist.fips.140-2

Individuals/Group listed as the author:

Author (Year) Title. (National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD), NIST Series (Series Abbreviation) Report Number, Ed., Vol., Rev., Type and Date of updates/change order. DOI URL

  • Example: Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Interagency Working Group (2013) Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. (National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD), NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Rev. 4, Includes updates as of January 22, 2015. https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.800-53r4

Contacts

Created February 7, 2011, Updated January 4, 2021