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One of the most important activities of the Academies is to disseminate scientific and technical knowledge to the public and to decision makers around the world. This page provides an overview of a number of resources and services for our (international) users:

Access to publications

Academies Reports
Anyone with an Internet connection can read the complete text of more than 4,000 National Academies Press (NAP) reports free. Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of the reports can also be downloaded or printed free.  If you are interested in purchasing a book, check out the international ordering page.

Instructors considering adoption of a National Academies Press book for classroom use may request an Examination Copy for $5.00 to cover shipping and handling. Those who have already ordered books for classroom use may request a complimentary Desk Copy.

Discounts are available for online, bulk, and retail orders. Find out how to place international orders for NAP reports and transportation-related reports.

Searchable Collections of related, full-text reports are available on a number of current topics in science, engineering, and health, including climate change, HIV/AIDS, and security. Some of our reports are available in translation.

Bibliographic Resources
The Academies produce and maintain the Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database, the world's largest and most comprehensive bibliographic resource on transportation information. TRIS contains over half a million records of published research on all modes and disciplines in the field of transportation. It is available as TRIS Online through the National Transportation Library.  

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) publishes cutting-edge research reports, commentaries, reviews, perspectives, and colloquium papers across the life, physical, and social sciences. PNAS is immediately and permanently available free via PNAS Online to over 119 nations; abstracts and tables of contents are free to all. All PNAS issues older than 6 months, back to 1915, are available free online within 6 months of publication in any nation at both PNAS Online and PubMed Central.

Beyond Discovery
Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit is an educational series from 1996 to 2003 that traces the origins of recent technological and medical advances. Each story reveals the importance of basic research in scientific applications. Many articles are available in translation.

Other information sources and services

Obtaining Visas to Travel to the United States
The International Visitors Office
provides information for scientists on how to obtain a United States visa and what to do if a visa is delayed or denied. The International Visitors Office collects and analyzes data on visa applications for use in ongoing efforts to increase scientific mobility. Scientists experiencing difficulties in applying for a visa can submit a Visa Questionnaire. The International Visitors Office will review each case and establish contact if it is able to assist in any way.

The Academies conduct public briefings, news conferences, and other major meetings live on the World Wide Web. Recent interactive audio Webcasts have discussed such topics as genetically modified plants, alternatives to land mines, dual-use biotechnology research, HIV prevention, and intellectual-property rights. During each Webcast, participants listen to streaming audio and send questions or comments to presenters via e-mail. Access an archive of audio files and a list of scheduled Webcast events. All events require free RealPlayer software.

Electronic Newsletters
Keep up with the National Academies by subscribing to electronic newsletters. Subjects include medicine, transportation, engineering, and telecommunication. "What's New @" is a free weekly email news digest written for a wide audience, from the science-interested public to the specialized scientist or engineer. The newsletters provide links to the latest reports, projects, press releases, and other resources on the Academies Web site.

Career Opportunities in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
The Academies administer grants, fellowships, research associateships, and exchanges in science, engineering, and medicine. Several are open to international applicants. Information on eligibility guidelines and application deadlines is available on each program's Web site. Find more about career opportunities.

Support for this website was provided by the Presidents' Circle Communication Initiative of the National Academies