Non-Transit Science - Authorship and Architects

KELT Project architects

KELT is operated by a team of about a dozen people, ranging from students through senior personnel.  We have already released some of our data through the NASA Exoplanet Archive (see here), but much of our data is still being reduced and processed.  For all scientific uses of our unreleased data that are separate from transit discoveries of exoplanets, our project policy is that a set of architects who contributed to the project are eligible for co-authorship on resulting publications.  The list of those people is below.  If you are interested in using unreleased KELT data, you can contact Joshua Pepper and ask (make sure to check the KELT field distribution to see if we are likely to have light curves for the stars you are interested in). The way we normally work is that people ask for data, we provide it, and if the data are used in a publication, the paper draft needs to be sent to the KELT architect list with enough time for them to review the paper and email a request for authorship.  The authorship order is at the discretion of the lead author.

We come to this issue with a philosophy that all people who contribute to a project deserve authorship, and you can see that we follow that principle in our planet papers, with long author lists.  We realize that other people take different views, with expectations for limited author lists, and if you have concerns about this approach we can discuss ways to work together.

These individuals have co-authorship rights to all peer-reviewed publications that make use of unreleased KELT data, including lightcurves and images.

  • Scott Gaudi
  • Joshua Pepper
  • Keivan Stassun
  • Rob Siverd
  • Thomas Beatty
  • Joey Rodriguez
  • Dan Stevens
  • David James
  • Mike Lund
  • Rudi Kuhn
  • Dax Feliz

Any publications that make use of the compiled KELT catalog matched to 2MASS or Tycho should include Alex Arnold ( as a co-author.


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KELT Transit Search to conclude after 17 years of work

Mar 09

After 14 years of observations, 17 years since the project conception, 26 planets discovered, and dozens of papers, the KELT transit search is ending. This transition has been long-expected, since the NASA TESS mission has revolutionized the discovery of transiting exoplanets. We will continue observations by both KELT telescopes for as long as practical, since there is so much more science to be done outside of transit discovery. Thank you to everyone who supported the KELT project!

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KELT website receives Award of Distinction at the 25th Annual Communicator Awards

Jun 07

We are honored to have received the Award of Distinction at the 25th Annual Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for this website, together with our web design partners at 3twenty9 Design, LLC.

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New 'hot Jupiter' with short orbital period discovered

Jul 12

(—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new "hot Jupiter" exoplanet with a short orbital period of just three and a half days. The newly detected giant planet, designated KELT-20b, circles a rapidly rotating star known as HD 185603 (or KELT-20). The finding was presented in a paper published July 5 on

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Mysterious Stellar Eclipse Point To A Giant Ringed Gas Planet Surrounded By A Ring Of Dust

Jun 07

Scientists have discovered a giant ringed gas planet which is likely caused by a mysterious stellar eclipse. The planet has 50 times mass of Jupiter and it is surrounded by a ring of dust. According to researchers from the University of Warwick, this planet is hurtling around a star more than 1000 light years away from Earth.

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