Research Department Handbook

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Briefing Recipients

Minimum Security Clearance

Level 0 (For Official Use Only)


All Research Department personnel are required to maintain a copy of this handbook and remain oriented regarding its contents.


Our mission pneumonic is to secure and protect, but most importantly, contain - this must be done by individuals with the technical knowledge and intuition to gleam understanding from what is otherwise incomperehensible.

This is your mission - a lifetime of scientific research background has brought you to us so that you could do work more important than the public could ever imagine. I sincerely wish you luck in your efforts.

-Regional Director of Research Department, North America


This handbook provides easy access to information necessary for SCP Foundation researchers.


The Research Department is responsible for identifying, containing, and experimenting upon anomalous entities.

Command Structure

Each employee is issued a pay grade consistent with their position in the organization. Ranks are assigned in accordance with their pay grades. Promotions are to be given via necessity or upon recognition of exceptional performance. Activities recognized under such a category include volunteerism or completion of tasks without unnecessary oversight.


Site Staff Ranks

S-1 - AST. - Assistant - Assistants undergoing seasoning for their new department. Are to be promoted immediately following in-processing and completion of on-the-job department orientation.


S-2 - STF. - Staff - Responsible for mid-level work within their department. Staff are permitted to be issued higher security clearance levels for work purposes. (L1 - Confidential)


S-3 - TCH. - Technician - Technicians are personnel promoted due to their knowledge of specialized skills in their field, and are granted minor supervisional authority over lower ranks. (L2 - Restricted)


S-4 - AMG. - Assistant Manager - Assistant Managers are personnel with profound knowledge of their field, and are afforded a high amount of supervisory authority over lower ranks.


S-5 - MGR. - Manager - Managers are personnel with profound knowledge of their field, and are afforded a high amount of supervisory authority over lower ranks. They are also eligible for higher security clearance levels for command purposes. (L3 - Secret)


S-6 - DPH. - Department Head - Department Heads are highly seasoned and knowledgeable personnel within their field, and are responsible for the upkeep and operation of their department. Department Heads issue all marching orders of a department at a given time, and report only to the Senior Staff of the Administration Department.


Senior Staff Ranks

SS-1 - AD. - Assistant Director - Assistant Directors are responsible for the oversight of multiple departments at once, but often hail from a specific department. Out of necessity, Assistant Directors, and all affiliated Senior Staff are granted a Top Secret security clearance for presence in command decisions. (L4 - Top Secret)


SS-2 - HMCL. - HMCL Supervisor - The HMCL (Hazardous Materials Containment Liaison) Supervisor is a role that encapsulate the management of all departments associated with the non-militant handling and containment of hazardous materials typically sought by the SCP Foundation. HMCL Supervisors maintain full control of the Engineering, Research, Supply, and Medical departments. The HMCL Supervisor becomes Acting Site Director in the event that the Site Director and the Chief of Security are unable to fulfill their duties.


SS-3 - COS. - Chief of Security - Although technically inhabiting a personnel slot in both the Security Department and the Administration Department, the Chief of Security upholds the vital position of being first in the line of succession in the event that the Site Director is rendered unable to fulfill his duties.


SS-4 - SD. - Site Director - The Site Director is responsible for ensuring that the entire site operates effectively, in part reliant on his oversight of administrative personnel such as the HMCL Supervisor and the Chief of Security. Site Directors maintain contact with SCP Foundation regional command at all times, and receive express memos by the Overwatch Council. As such, they operate on the highest level of security clearance. (L5 - Thaumiel)


SS-5 - ARD. - Assistant Regional Director - Assistant Regional Directors function as the middlemen between regional and site commands. Assistant Regional Directors, as well as the ranks above, inhabit regional command posts rather than localized sites.


SS-6 - RD. - Regional Director - Regional Directors maintain command authority over their assigned continental region, and are responsible for issuing commands to Assistant Regional Directors and Site Directors. Regional Directors report directly to the Overwatch Council.


SS-7- O5-X. - Overseer - Overseers are individuals who inhabit the primary decision-making body of the SCP Foundation, the Overwatch Council.



The following outlines scientific method, laboratory organization and equipment, Class-D personnel, operation of a containment facility, and other specifics.

Scientific Method

Initial research into SCPs (special containment procedure) and AEs (anomalous entity) objects is obfuscated by the fact that these objects inherently do not abide by the mainstream laws of science (more on this information can be found in Briefing on Anomalous Entities, Category Tactical Guides, intSCPFN). In a common scenario, researching scientific theories that are heralded as fact by the general public is straightforward due to its predictability and repeatability - this is not a luxury afforded by SCPs and AEs. As such, when applying the scientific method on these entities, a focus should be placed primarily on identifying the SCP/AE's capabilities, and then formulating countermeasures against it.

All AEs that arrive at your secure facility are newly-contained objects that we do not have a full understanding of. It is your job to determine the extent of their anomalous abilities, and to contain them, as stated prior within this section. Once the full capabilities of AEs have been established (or those that can be conceivably known), you are instructed to write an SCP report following the provided format:

When determing an anomalies object class, think about how easy it is to contain compared to how dangerous an anomaly is.

  • If you lock it in a box and nothing will happen, it's Safe.
  • If you lock it in a box and you're not sure what will happen, it's Euclid.
  • If you lock it in a box and it eats the box and everyone around it, it's Keter. Note that danger doesn't drive this, it's difficulty of containment.
  • If it is the box, it's Thaumiel.


Item #: [SCP-X. The number of this SCP should match the number of the AE classification.]

Object Class: [The object class of this SCP. Object classes are listed in Briefing on Anomalous Entities, Category Tactical Guides, intSCPFN.]

Special Containment Procedures: [This descriptor is a mandate for the required containment procedures for this object. The facility it is contained in, personnel requirements, and countermeasures are to be explained.]

Description: [A full physical description of the SCP, as well as its anomalous properties.]

Addendum: [Interview logs and other media transcripts, as well as updates to the SCP, should be stored here.]


All SCP reports must be approved by observers of the EC (Ethics Committee), however, a majority of SCP configurations are guaranteed approval pending review - except in situations where the object class is Keter or above, or if the EC identifies violation of organizational values. All research department personnel are to comply with the orders of all EC representatives, or be met with violations of the Code of Justice under risk of contract termination.


Testing Procedure

A typical testing group is filled with a group leader that is typically technician or above, one or two note-takers, and multiple researchers that assist the group in discussion/operating equipment. Depending on the size of the test there may be multiple groups working independently with supervision from a testing overseer. Each group will relay their proposals directly to their group leaders who in turn will relay the proposals to the testing overseer. Group leaders are the sole radio operators that will request supplies, medical assistance, and security assistance. A good testing environment is when every researcher feels that their voice is being heard and their ideas are allowed to run free. A bad testing environment is when they feel constrained. If a researcher ever feels as if the testing environment isn't suitable they should report this to the Department Head at a suitable time after testing. 

Note-takers should immediately upload their notes to the intSCPFN database so all records of an experiment are available when SCPs are being worked on. If a note-taker feels as if they should redact their notes they should first contact a Manager or the Department Head before doing so. All sensitive information will be looked over and redacted automatically in either case. Note-takers are a vital component of testing and should be granted various requests that make their jobs easier. Chairs and tables are prioritized towards note-takers and the use of site issued laptops are allowed as well. Other requests can be directed towards group leaders and Managers.

Proposals that make use of D-Class personnel should be thorough and ethical as in accordance with the Ethics Committee's guidelines. D-Class proposals will typically be declined unless they are necessary for testing for future containment methods or understanding an anomalies behavior. D-Class should generally be given as little information possible during testing to ensure an unknown variable doesn't become present in the testing phase. D-Class personnel should be thoroughly trained on how to use equipment that is vital for their performance when conducting testing procedures.


Safety Procedure

Supervisors are required to inform all personnel involved in testing of special safety procedures that should be followed. CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense) equipment should be issued to all personnel when in direct contact with an anomaly or its effects. Cognitohazards involving hearing effects should be counteracted with proper ear soundproof protection. An extensive list of safety procedures isn't possible to compile due to the ever growing list of anomalous effects. Personnel are expected to remain vigilant and follow supervisor orders before interacting with an anomaly.


Quarantine Wing Proceedure


Sample Analysis Procedure

AE/AO samples will often be collected and analyzed to find various properties of an anomaly. Sample analyzation will take place in the laboratory room inside of the quarantine wing of the facility. Small groups will perform this task with everyone writing down notes on their sample analysis. Generally, the sample will be inoperable for further analysis once it has been tested on with one method. Samples will generally be limited in supply and should be efficiently analyzed to ensure no wasted resources. All notes taken while analyzing samples should be uploaded to their respective Master Document on the intSCPFN database. These notes will pave the way for future SCP documents. Below is the laboratory equipment that will be used to analyze anomalous samples.


Laboratory Organization & Equipment

Your site is outfitted with a laboratory, a quarantine laboratory, and a multitude of containment facilities outfitted for different object classes of SCPs. The laboratories contain the following equipment:


Sample Collection Kit

Use for collecting samples from anomalies for further testing.

Bunsen Burner

With the advent of chemical synthesizers in all Foundation sites, Bunsen Burners are now used for testing the heat resistance of anomalous samples.

Pressure Chamber

Used for pressurizing anomalous samples. Can be used to determine if explosives or high-powered ammunition are effective against SCPs.


Used for observing the microscopic structure of SCPs.

Electron Microscope

Used for observing the electromagnetic microscopic structure of SCPs - these microscopes are ineffective on biological samples, as EM waves will kill all cells.


Used for testing the electrical resistance of SCPs.

UV Laser

Ultraviolet light has become the standard countermeasure for containment of spectral-type AEs, as such, they are effective at identifying the resistance these anomalies have to Ultraviolet radiation.


Class-D Personnel

Class-D personnel (also Disposable-Class, or D-Class) are members of the SCP Foundation contractually obligated to function as live test subjects for experimentation on SCPs/AEs. Class-D personnel are death row criminals who have joined the Foundation voluntarily, in exchange for contractual commutation of their sentence. Class-D personnel are contractually obligated to no more than 1 month of work as test subjects, after which they are released. Released Class-D personnel may be given amnesiac treatment depending on their contact with SCPs/AEs.

When retrieving Class-D personnel for testing, consideration into their backgrounds as potentially violent criminals is given, and as such, it is regulation for all personnel to be accompanied by a member of the Security Department when in direct contact.

Class-D personnel who expire during SCP/AE experiments are to be considered combat casualties (status: Killed in Action) and their cadavers turned over to the Medical Department for further processing.


Containment Facility

Containment facilities may vary in terms of capacity and precautions involved, however, the standard Safe-class containment chamber is outfitted with the following;


Containment Structure

The manifold enclosing the SCP in question may be composed of highly insulated, bullet and blast proof metal or glass. Upgrades to this format have seen the introduction of one-way mirrors to avoid optical contact by the SCP with research staff, as well as shutters that can be opened or closed to provide an extra layer of security when the SCP is not under observation.


The inner door of the airlock is not to be opened unless the exterior door is closed - doing so will lead to a containment breach. Airlocks are airtight and impervious to most forms of damage, however, do not underestimate the anomalous properties of the SCP in question.

Observation Area

The exterior of the containment facility is the observation area - this is where staff may convene to observe experiments.

The HMCL supervisor and the DH of the research department are to take full command over experiments. Other departments are needed, however, they should be kept at a safe distance away from the SCP containment facility as to avoid excessive crowding.


Euclid Containment Chambers are kitted with additional security measures

  • Closed-Off Observation Room
  • Security Shutters
  • One-Way Mirrors

Keter Containment Chambers are kitted with even more security measures

  • Immensely Larger Airlock Doors & Containment Chamber
  • Elevated Observation Room
  • Small Laboratory Room
  • Small Medical Station


For further information view the intSCPFN Research Department database below

intSCPFN Research Database