Archives of CERN Yellow Reports

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)



Archives of CERN Yellow Reports


1953 - Present

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

45 Boxes, 5 linear metres

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Scientific Author

Administrative history

The CERN Yellow Report series was started in 1953. It provided a medium for communicating the work done at CERN where publication in a journal was not appropriate.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

CERN Scientific Information Service

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

The yellow report series includes the proceedings of schools and of workshops having a large impact on the future of CERN, as well as reports on new activities which do not yet have another natural platform (e.g. a yellow report only for the first in the series if a workshop leads to multiple follow-ups).

The series also includes reports on detectors and technical papers from individual CERN divisions, again the criteria being that the audience should be large and the duration of interest long. Documents relating to patents are particularly appropriate since a divisional report does not give the necessary protection of the intellectual rights.

The Yellow Reports have to be approved by the CERN Reports Editorial Board (CREB), who call for the advice of referees when judged necessary.

Yellow reports are published on the World Wide Web in addition to paper. The tendency will be to reduce the number of copies printed at CERN.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


The collection is still open and accruals are received annually, soon after they are produced.

System of arrangement

The original order (numerical and chronological) has been preserved.

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English or French.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 15 June 2002, Revised 2007.