Updated December 2022
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. Additional modules will be added as needed. Questions about FSP training should be directed to email@example.com.
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 training modules listed below are also available in PDF format for users to download.
Module Name and Description
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 101 for New Employees
Enroll in the Course: USGS New Employee Recorded Webinar Series to view the video and slide deck for this module. This 1-hour presentation is also applicable as a refresher for others.
FSP for Authors of Journal Articles
This training module is intended primarily for USGS authors and covers the requirements and best practices for obtaining USGS Bureau approval to publish in journals. Two routes are available to meet FSP requirements and obtain Bureau approval depending on circumstance. These two routes are explained.
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.
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 for Science Center Directors
This training module explains USGS Fundamental Science Practice responsibilities for USGS Science Center Directors.
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.
Release of USGS Scientific Data
This training module explains USGS Fundamental Science Practice responsibilities 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).
Additional Training Resources
To meet specific FSP training needs, Bureau Approving Officials (BAOs) in the USGS Office of Science Quality and Integrity are available on request to provide customized training to USGS employees on topics such as FSP for new authors and FSP for supervisors and center directors. Contact the BAO Coordinator for more information.