Office of Science Quality and Integrity

Fundamental Science Practices (FSP) Policy Directives

The policy directives listed below are pertinent to ensuring the quality and integrity of USGS science information products.


Fundamental Science Practices SM Chapters

SM 502.1 - Fundamental Science Practices: Foundation Policy

SM 502.2 - Fundamental Science Practices: Planning and Conducting Data Collection and Research

SM 502.3 - Fundamental Science Practices: Peer Review

SM 502.4 - Fundamental Science Practices: Review, Approval, and Release of Information Products

SM 502.5 - Fundamental Science Practices: Safeguarding Unpublished U.S. Geological Survey Data, Information, and Associated Scientific Materials

SM 502.6 - Fundamental Science Practices: Scientific Data Management

SM 502.7 - Fundamental Science Practices: Metadata for USGS Scientific Information Products Including Data

SM 502.8 - Fundamental Science Practices: Review and Approval of Scientific Data for Release

SM 502.9 - Fundamental Science Practices: Preservation Requirements for Digital Scientific Data


SM Instructional Memoranda (IM)

Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI); Core Science Systems (CSS) Mission Area

IM OSQI 2019-01 - Review and Approval of Scientific Software for Release

IM OSQI 2018-01 - Quality Management System for USGS Laboratories

IM CSS 2019-01 - USGS Scientific Working Collections Management


Delegations of Approval SM Chapter

SM 205.18 - Authority to Approve Information Products


Publishing SM Chapters

Part 1100 - Publishing


Other Related SM and DM Chapters

SM 500.25 - Scientific Integrity. (A separate version of the USGS Code of Scientific Conduct is available.)

SM 500.5 - Policy on the Release of Information to the News Media

305 DM 3 - Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities. (A separate PDF poster of the Department of the Interior (DOI) Code of Scientific and Scholarly Conduct and the supplemental DOI Scientific Integrity Procedures Handbook is available.)

470 DM 1 - Public Communications - General Policy and Procedures - Transmittal Memo 2012 (Search to download the DM chapter.)

470 DM 2 - Public Communications - Digital Media Policy


Note: The links above to the Department Manual (DM) chapter topics go directly to a PDF. To search for other DM chapters in the DOI Library, go to, and use the search function.