Using and citing ATLAS lightcurve data
ePESSTO+ has full access to all ATLAS lightcurve data. Note that this is non-exclusive access. The QUB team is of course
very closely involved in ePESSTO+ , but many of the other ATLAS team members are not. QUB members will not
share ATLAS data with any other teams competing with ePESSTO+ (apart from ENGRAVE, which is partnering anyway
with ePESSTO+). But this does not give ePESSTO+ scientists exclusive "ownership" of the data. All are free to use
and publish, but bear in mind that other ATLAS team members (our friends in the US) can do whatever they
like with ATLAS data. Even QUB do not have exclusive ownership/access to ATLAS data.
Hence just be aware that ATLAS data can be used by others.
The co-authorship policy is typically quite relaxed. While we ask that ATLAS Scientists
are offered co-authorship, we (the ATLAS team) expect our colleagues to have engaged
scientifically with the paper contents. So for example, providing you with the lightcurve data,
or checking it, or reading the paper and commenting. Typically we do not expect
co-authorship for ATLAS scientists with no input.
When using ATLAS data in a publication we ask you to cite :
For reference to discovery, difference imaging, detection, etc :
Smith et al. 2020, "Design and operation of the ATLAS Transient Science Server"
And for general ATLAS description :
Tonry et al. 2018, ATLAS: A High-cadence All-sky Survey System
PASP, 2018, 130, 4505
If we, the ATLAS team have submitted an AstroNote or TNS Discovery report
on a discovery, then we ask if you would cite that too when discussing a particular discovery
(and in that order of priority - if an AstroNote exists, then cite that but not the TNS Discovery report,
if only the TNS Discovery report exists then cite that).
And we would appreciate the following acknowledgement :
This work has made use of data from the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact
Last Alert System (ATLAS) project. ATLAS is primarily funded to search
for near earth asteroids through NASA grants NN12AR55G, 80NSSC18K0284,
and 80NSSC18K1575; byproducts of the NEO search include images and
catalogs from the survey area. The ATLAS science products have been
made possible through the contributions of the University of Hawaii
Institute for Astronomy, the Queen's University Belfast, the Space
Telescope Science Institute, and the South African Astronomical Observatory.