Access defence science and technology research

You can access defence science and technology research via our central repository, and submit your own research.

Access Dstl’s published research

We highlight and list our published research in open access, peer-reviewed publications, where possible.

Access wider defence science and technology research through Athena

Dstl manages a central repository, known as Athena, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Athena stores MOD-sponsored scientific and technical research reports, which are available to the wider defence and security community (including government, industry and academia) in accordance with security, legal and commercial conditions.

Submit your research report to Athena

Read guidance about how to submit a report to Athena.

Request full-text research reports

Complete our online form to request the full text of reports listed in Defence Reporter or the Defence Research Citations. Our Report Request Team will then release the report depending on the classification and release conditions.

Email if you have any problems.

Find out more about Athena

For information about how MOD employees can access the Athena report collection via the MOD secure networks, please email

You can also email your feedback and any suggestions you may have for further development of Athena’s products and services:

Policy for re-use of information

Dstl follows the National Archives’ Re-use of public sector information policy and have adopted the Open Government Licence (OGL) v3.0 for licensing Dstl Crown copyright material cleared for use/re-use.

Charging policy

Pursuant to the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015, documents supplied by Dstl as part of the MOD Public Task (see page 15 for relevant information) will be available for re-use unless they are excluded by virtue of exemptions in the 2015 Regulations.

If the requested material is within MOD’s public task then there will generally be no fee for re-use. However, if the requested material is fully outside MOD’s public task, additional charges will apply. Due to the varying nature of the material available for re-use, no standard fee structure is available. However please contact for details of any charges in relation to particular requests.

Complaints procedure

If you are not satisfied with the service you have received with respect to licensing of Crown copyright material, please get in touch with your regular Dstl contact and discuss your concerns with them. Alternatively, you could ask to speak to their manager. If, however, the problem has not been resolved or handled to your satisfaction, or you do not have a regular Dstl contact, you may wish to make a formal complaint.

To make a complaint, please write to:

Head of Intellectual Property

Finance, Planning and Governance Division

If you remain dissatisfied with the response from Dstl’s Head of Intellectual Property, you are entitled to seek redress through MOD’s formal complaints procedure by writing to the Ministerial Correspondence Unit. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the Standards Division of the Office of Public Sector Information.

Ministerial Correspondence Unit

Ministry of Defence
Floor 5 Zone A
Main Building

Updates to this page

Published 1 July 2014
Last updated 2 April 2024 + show all updates
  1. New online form for requesting full text research reports.

  2. Added link to new page for accessing Dstl's recently published research

  3. Latest list of citations added.

  4. Updated list of Dstl research citations.

  5. Newly updated list of published research.

  6. Replaced 'need to know' report request form.

  7. List of the latest citation information has been updated.

  8. Updated list of our published research with abstracts.

  9. New list of citations added.

  10. New list of citations of Dstl's published research added.

  11. Latest citation information has been updated.

  12. Updated list of published research - file attachment

  13. Attachment updated

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  15. Updating links in attachments.

  16. Updated list of published research.

  17. Updated with latest research publications.

  18. Updated list of Dstl publications.

  19. Updated with latest research publications.

  20. Updated with latest research publications.

  21. Updated the list of published research

  22. Updated contact details and links.

  23. Updated spreadsheet with the latest research citations.

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  27. Updated abstract.

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  34. Updated spreadsheet attached.

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  36. New list of citations added.

  37. Citation update.

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  39. We have updated our list of Dstl’s published research

  40. Updated spreadsheet

  41. Updated list of public research. Defence Research Citations email alert section removed.

  42. Updated published research.

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  48. Added 'policy for re-use of information' content

  49. Updated the document 'A list of published research with hyperlinks to abstracts'.

  50. The list of published research with hyperlinks to abstracts was updated.

  51. First published.

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