Publication Board

The LSST Project Publication Policy applies to technology papers produced by LSST Project participants that describe technical aspects of the project (including hardware and software) and data release papers. There are three primary goals for this policy:

  • To ensure the accuracy of published information about the requirements, specifications, design, performance, and products of the LSST Project.
  • To recognize the contributions of the individuals responsible for bringing the LSST Project to fruition (LSST “Builders”).
  • To enable publications by the broader community that use technical LSST data or information not publicly available, or instrumentation developed by the LSST Project.

This policy does not apply to scientific papers based on public LSST information. However, to ensure that the contributions of LSST Builders are recognized, all science publications based on LSST data should reference the appropriate technology papers -- i.e., those LSST publications that describe the LSST infrastructure relevant to the study in question. This implies, in general, that every science publication based on LSST data must reference at least the primary LSST technical overview paper that describes the data used in the analysis. The individual LSST science collaborations are encouraged to develop their own publication guidelines that ensure recognition of the contributions of LSST Builders through references to technology and data release papers. See the LSST publication page  for key LSST papers to cite in a publication  and a template publication policy for LSST science collaborations.


Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, 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 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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