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JPL Library Services: Overview

BEACON Express

BEACON Express is an online request system to automate document delivery and the interlibrary loan process. You can request journal articles and meeting papers; regardless of whether the JPL Library subscribes to the journal or not. You can also request to borrow books from other libraries, or request to purchase books as your "desk copies" using a project/task number.

Access your BEACON Express account by clicking the button below or visiting BEACON Express. Visit BEACON Express Guide to learn more.

Publish Papers

When preparing to publish your work, there is a lot to consider throughout the publication cycle. Check out the New Researchers Support Group Degreed Learning Plan for more resources on topics such as aligning with strategy, proposal writing, funding, managing your award, socializing your project, and more.

What does it take to publish in an external publication as a JPLer? Use our checklist to determine what steps you need to take to publish successfully.

Visit JPL Author’s Guide to Publishing Papers to learn more.


Research Assistance

Library staff are available to provide research support at different levels, including but not limited to the following:

  • General reference questions
  • Literature searches
  • Specialized bibliographies
  • In-dept consultation

Visit Research Assistance to learn more.


Manage Research Data

Library staff can help JPL researchers managing their research data. Beginning with identifying datasets and papers using those datasets, writing the Data Management Plan, selecting appropriate data repository, to publishing datasets on the JPL Open Repository (JOR), and properly citing the datasets.  With the 2022 White House Office of Scientific and Technology Policy mandate, that results of all federally funded research should be made available to the public as soon as possible; datasets not associate with any paper are also eligible to be included in the JPL Open Repository.

Visit Manage Research Data to learn more.


JPL Publication Metrics

Displays research outputs (journals articles, meeting papers, etc.) from Web of Science, Compendex and other resources.

Visit Research Output Metrics to learn more.


A snap shot of JPL authored papers from the Web of Science and Compendex databases as of December 31, 2023.

Subject Guides

Discover specialized resources tailored to various disciplines such Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Engineering, and more. These Subject Guides offer curated collections of databases and books to propel your research.

Visit Subject Guides to learn more.


Mission/Project Support

Library staff can provide support to missions and flight project teams throughout the entire life cycle and beyond. During Pre-Phase A, Concept Studies, Library can collaborate in literature reviews, search and gather relevant papers. From Phase A through E, Library can assist in looking for specific information from reference materials, reports, and standards. Once the mission is launched, data returned and used, Library can track papers using data from the mission, and provide examples of the impacts of the missions.

Visit Mission/Project Support to learn more.


Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Taxonomy Services

Taxonomy Development is a JPL Library service that specializes in creating taxonomies tailored to your specific needs.  Our core service is developing a taxonomy for you. Additionally, we offer consulting services to support people engaged in their own taxonomy work. 

Visit Taxonomy Services to learn more.


Contact the JPL Library

For additional information about any JPL Library resources and services please contact us:

  1. Slack #help-library
  2. Email:
  3. Phone: 818-354-4200
  4. Visit Building 111, Room 104 (the HUB) at JPL: 24/7 access with badge