Frequently Asked Questions on INIS

                  

What is INIS?

The International Nuclear Information System (INIS) is a collaborative international information system operated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. INIS is maintained in co-operation with its Member States and international organizations. It is the world´s leading information system on the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. INIS maintains a database of over 3.3 million bibliographic references and announces the availability of scientific literature published world-wide on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It also maintains a collection of full text documents that would be difficult to obtain elsewhere. Read more »

What are the subjects covered by INIS?

INIS covers all aspects of the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. There are central areas to the scope such as nuclear reactors, reactor safety, nuclear fusion, applications of radiation and radioisotopes in medicine, agriculture, industry and pest control as well as related fields such as nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics and materials science. Special emphasis is placed on the environmental, economic and health effects of nuclear energy. Legal and social aspects associated with nuclear energy are also covered. And, from 1992, the economic and environmental aspects of all non-nuclear energy sources are included in the scope.

How can I access the INIS Collection?

The INIS database is available for free on the internet, simply go to http://www.iaea.org/inis.

What is the size of the INIS Collection?

Currently the INIS database on Internet contains over 3.3 million bibliographic references. Bibliographic metadata is often supplemented by an English abstract. Full-text documents represent around 10% of the collection. This unique set of non-conventional or grey literature is also fully searchable.

What is the time span of the INIS Collection?

INIS Collection covers literature from 1970 to the present. There are some documents dating back to 1946.

How can I add my article/publication to the INIS Collection?

Please contact your national INIS Liaison Officer. He/she will take the necessary actions to submit your publication to INIS.

What is the INIS Collection of full text documents?

Literature reported to INIS may be subdivided into two categories, conventional and non-conventional. Conventional literature is literature which is commercially available through normal distribution channels, such as the book and magazine trade or publishing houses. INIS non-conventional literature, or the INIS Collection of full text documents, comprises all other forms of literature, including scientific and technical reports, patent documents, pre-conference papers, and non-commercially published theses and laws that have been cited in the INIS database but are not readily available through commercial channels (also called grey literature). The INIS Collection of full text documents comprises literature on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy from 1970 to the present.

What is the INIS Thesaurus?

The ETDE/INIS Joint Thesaurus contains the controlled terminology for indexing all information within the subject scope of INIS and the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE). The terminology is used in subject descriptions for input to, or retrieval of, information in these systems. The Joint Thesaurus is the result of continued editing in parallel to the processing of the INIS and ETDE databases. Read more »

Who are INIS Members?

INIS has over 120 Member States and more than 20 international organizations. Please visit our INIS Web site to see a list of INIS Members.

What is the procedure for joining INIS?

For countries: Only Member States of the IAEA may join INIS. A formal letter should be sent from either the national atomic energy authority, from the country's Permanent Mission to the IAEA, or from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The letter should be addressed to the Director General of the IAEA and should state the country´s wish to join INIS. The letter should also include the nomination of the national INIS Liaison Officer, with whom the INIS Secretariat would work closely on all INIS-related matters.

For international organizations: A formal letter should be sent from the Executive Head of the organization, addressed to the Director General of the IAEA, stating the organization's wish to join INIS and nominating an INIS Liaison Officer, with whom the INIS Secretariat would work closely on all INIS-related matters.

What are the responsibilities of the INIS Liaison Officer?

The INIS Liaison Officer is responsible for organizing the collection of information and the preparation of input for INIS on a national level (or for his organization, in the case of an international organization), as well as for the dissemination of information contained in all INIS output products, in addition to the promotion of those products. Regular communication between the INIS Secretariat and the INIS Liaison Officers takes place by correspondence and through the Consultative Meetings of INIS Liaison Officers.

Who is the INIS Liaison Officer for my country/international organization?

INIS Liaison Officers and Alternates are listed on the INIS Web site.

Where is the INIS Secretariat located?

The secretariat function of the International Nuclear Information System is vested in the IAEA. INIS is located at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Vienna, Austria.

Frequently Asked Questions on INIS Collection searching

            

How do I search for patent/report number?

Report number and patent number are both part of the "Source" field. The search can be performed either by using the advanced search interface and including the Source as a field to be equal to the report/patent number or by writing your own query, using the format source:<report number> or source:<patent number> in the search query box. While a search can be performed with partial report/patent number, the user should type the exact report number (e.g. "IAEA-AB--123/45") to get better results.

How do I search for a journal?

Journals can be searched by their title or by ISSN or CODEN, which are all part of the "Source" field. The search can be performed either by using the advanced search interface and including the Source as a field to be equal to the ISSN or CODEN or by writing your own query, using the format source:<ISSN number> or source:<CODEN code> in the search query box (e.g. Source:"ISSN 1234-5678" or Source:"CODEN ABCDEF").

How do I search for a document having digital resource identifiers (e.g DOI, pURL, etc.)?

In case a document has a related digital resource identifier (DOI, pURL, etc.), this will be reported as part of the "Source" field. The search can be performed either by using the advanced search interface and including the Source as a field to be equal to the DOI or pURL or by writing your own query, using the format source:<DOI> or source:<pURL> in the search query box (e.g. Source:" http://dx.doi.org/10.1234/PTPS.123.456" or Source:" https://www.abcd.gov/servlets/purl/12345-6789/").

How do I search for an author, knowing the organization the author belongs to?

Both the author name and the organization the author belongs to are reported in the "Author" field. The search can be performed either by using the advanced search interface and including the Author as a field to be equal to the organization name or by writing your own query, using the format author:<organization name> in the search query box (e.g. Author:"ABC National Laboratory").

How can I group the records resulting from different queries?

The records (or a selection of them) resulting from each query can be preserved by storing them in "My Selection" tab. That can be achieved by marking the selected record(s) using checkbox next to the respective title. Once a second query is performed, and new resulting records are selected by marking the checkbox, they will be added to the previous set of results. The total amount of selected records will be available in the "My selection" tab for further usage (e.g. export to different formats, download the related citations). Incidentally, in case the same record is resulting from two different queries, only one copy of the selected record will be reported in the "My Selection" tab.

How does the INIS Collection search calculate the number of records resulting from a given query?

The INIS Collection search returns the number of results as an estimate from the Google algorithm, not the exact count. The calculation is performed based on the Google Search Appliance's approach to provide the users with the most relevant documents (according to the user search criteria) being reported in the first pages of the search results.

How to search INIS Collection from the Chrome address bar?

How to search ICS from the Chrome address bar:

  • Open Chrome, right-click on the Address bar, then select "Edit search engines..."
  • Add a new search engine
  • Enter these values:
    Search engine: INIS (or any name you like)
    Keyword: in (or any keyword you like)
    URL: http://inis.iaea.org/search/search.aspx?orig_q=%s

Then you can instantly search ICS by going to address bar (or by pressing Ctrl-L or Ctrl-T (new tab)) and typing: in <search query>

How to add INIS Collection to the Firefox search bar?

  • Install "Add to Search Bar" add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/add-to-search-bar/
  • Go to ICS standard search page
  • Right-click on the search box and choose "Add to Search Bar...", select appropriate name, click "OK".