Office of Science Quality and Integrity

Fundamental Science Practices Training Modules

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed training modules to allow USGS scientists, managers, and the public to understand USGS Fundamental Science Practices (FSP).

These modules allow USGS employees and the public to be aware of and understand current FSP policies and procedures and how they help to ensure USGS science quality and integrity.

For USGS and Department of the Interior (DOI) employees who would like to receive training credit for these modules, they are also available internally through DOI Talent. Once in DOI Talent, go to “Find Learning” > Courses in the top menu, enter the search term "USGS Fundamental Science Practices" into the course name block, click Search, and the modules will appear.

Note: The links below allow you to download these training modules as individual PowerPoint files.

 

Training Modules

FSP Overview
No matter what policies and guidelines are developed, the responsibility for science excellence remains where it has always been—in the hands and minds of the dedicated scientists of the USGS.

FSP for Authors of Journal Articles
This training module is intended primarily for USGS authors covers the requirements and best practices for obtaining USGS Bureau approval to publish in journals. There are two routes available to meet FSP requirements and obtain Bureau approval depending on circumstance. These two routes are explained.

FSP for First Line Supervisors
This training module is intended primarily for USGS first line supervisors who directly manage scientists, contractors, or emeriti employed by or associated with the USGS or who oversee research grants given to entities outside of the USGS.

FSP Requirements for Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations
This training module is intended primarily for USGS authors and covers the requirements and best practices for obtaining USGS Bureau approval for Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations.

FSP for Science Center Directors
This training module explains USGS Fundamental Science Practice responsibilities for USGS Science Center Directors.

FSP for Authors of Other Information Products
This training module is intended primarily for USGS authors and covers the requirements and best practices for obtaining USGS Bureau approval for information products other than journal articles, Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations. There are separate training modules available for these other information product types owing to the different FSP requirements associated with them.

Release of USGS Scientific Data
This training module explains USGS Fundamental Science Practice responsiblities for releasing USGS scientific data.

Understanding Free Public Access
In this training module we explain how USGS provides free public access to journal articles and data as explained in the USGS Public Access Plan to ensure the USGS is in compliance with requirements by the OFfice of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

 

Coming Soon

  • FSP and Data Management Plans
  • Using IPDS
  • OMB Influentrial Explained
  • Understanding Software Release

 

Acknowledgments

The USGS Fundamental Science Practices training modules were developed by the USGS Fundamental Science Practices Advisory Committee (FSPAC), Training Subcommittee. For questions, contact the FSPAC via e-mail at gs_fspac@usgs.gov.

 

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