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How to Cite Rubin Observatory

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.

For publications and manuscripts:

  • if you describe the Rubin Observatory system or its anticipated science outcomes, please cite the Ivezić et al. Overview paper.
  • If you use Rubin Observatory data products or software, please cite the relevant technical paper.

Please include this acknowledgement on construction papers:

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation through Cooperative Agreement 1258333 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. 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 based upon work 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.

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 Publications Policy

The Rubin Observatory Observatory Project has a specific publications policy for papers that (see Sec. 3 of the Policy for exact details):

  • describe infrastructure work to design, develop, construct, commission, or operate Rubin Observatory;
  • have any authors who are supported by Rubin Observatory Project funds to work to design, develop, construct, commission, or operate Rubin Observatory;
  • are based on access to non-public Rubin Observatory/LSST data;
  • are based on access to non-public intellectual property of Rubin Observatory Project.

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.

Acknowledging Science Collaborations

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.

Acknowledging and Citing Software

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 


Acknowledging Images/Video

See the Rubin Observatory Media Use Policy

Financial support for LSST 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 LSST 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 LSST camera 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 LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   




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