There are situations in which you may need to cite Rubin Observatory or include a funding agency acknowledgement in your material or simply credit an image. This page provides you a guideline on how to do these correctly.
Please include this acknowledgement on construction papers:
This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation through Cooperative Agreement AST-1258333 and Cooperative Support Agreement AST-1202910 managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), and the Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515 with the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory managed by Stanford University. Additional Rubin Observatory funding comes from private donations, grants to universities, and in-kind support from LSSTC Institutional Members.
For acknowledgements related to the pre-operations of Rubin Observatory, please use the following:
This material or work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation through Cooperative Agreement AST-1258333 and Cooperative Support Agreement AST1836783 managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), and the Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515 with the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory managed by Stanford University.
For other purposes: e.g. websites, press releases etc, or if your time is funded to work on Rubin Observatory, please consult Document-3607, which describes in detail how the funding acknowledgement statement should be phrased and used.
The Rubin Observatory Observatory Project has a specific publications policy for papers that (see Sec. 3 of the Policy for exact details):
Publications to which the Policy applies must follow the authorship policy: consult Sec. 4. If they use a released <link> data product, e.g. data releases, software or simulations, and a publication exists that describes this data product, then it must be referenced (see Sec. 6.1).
Quality control of the publication, or if the data product has not yet been publicly released, follows an internal review process with the <link> Publication Board (see Sec. 6): contact Rubin Observatory to initiate a publication review.
Check with your Science Collaboration for any acknowledgment requirements they may have for work developed within a SC, with the support of a SC’s infrastructure, or that used data products or software produced by an SC. They may also have an internal publication review process.
Science and technology papers that describe Rubin Observatory's software and physical infrastructure
See the living document of up-to-date references with BibTeX; also in pdf.
When you use software produced by the Rubin Observatory Project, Science Collaborations, or Data Management team, make sure you include the right citation. Refer to the specific software documentation. For example; the Stack, or Simulators. For software and data products generated by the Science Collaborations please get in touch with the SC
See the Rubin Observatory Media Use Policy
Vera C. Rubin Observatory is an astronomical project that will generate a data set of unprecedented volume and complexity by executing the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) in its first 10 years of operations. Most Rubin LSST data products are subject to a proprietary period of two years, with access granted to all scientists in the US, a diverse set of scientists in Chile, and named individuals or communities in other countries with approved data rights agreements with Rubin Observatory, its funding agencies, and/or managing partners. After the two-year proprietary period, all the LSST data in a Data Release become publicly shareable. However, access to the data will not be made available for non-data rights holders through Rubin Observatory Data Access Centers (DACs) in the US and Chile. Rubin Observatory is exploring ways to provide access to the publicly shareable data.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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