Transit Discovery Papers - Authorship and Architects

Co-authorship on KELT planet discovery papers (for non-architects in the Followup Network) 

The KELT collaboration is designed to allow follow-up team members to contribute observations of KELT candidates any time they wish, as much as they wish.  Members who submit observations that are used in the analysis and characterization of planet discoveries receive co-authorship credit on the discovery papers.  That co-authorship extends to the primary KELT contact(s) at the institution, along with anyone (student, staff, or faculty) who took the data or reduced it. Observations are gathered by the KELT science team, and are noted for future use.  While we are generally able to acknowledge receipt of all data sets by email, there are occasionally communication mix-ups.  We aim to have over 99% of all observing reports acknowledged and documented within a week of submission.  If you do not receive an email acknowledging that your observations have been received within a week, please contact us.  Information can get lost if email submissions contain erroneous information about the target or the observation date in the subject line, email body, or the figures.  So be careful when emailing submissions.  It is crucial that submissions include the KELT ID, spelled correctly, in the subject line. Not all observations are equally useful.  Sometimes observational quality is compromised or the duration is cut short by weather or equipment problems.  We strive to make use of all submitted data in discovery papers.  However, only useful observations will be included in papers.  That means that only light curves that can be incorporated into the global model of the system without problems will be used.  Observations that provide information during the discovery process also merit co-authorship, even if they are not used in the global fit.  That means that observations that confirm the existence of a transit, refine the ephemeris, demonstrate achromatic depth, or otherwise provide new information will merit co-authorship.  The nature of that contribution is provisionally described in the acknowledgement emails. 


This is a list of the designated members of the KELT science teams and the architects for exoplanet papers.  Anyone who has made a major operational contribution to the project, or who has made a large number of followup observations, will be automatically included on future planet discovery papers.  Examples of operational contributions would be Eric Jensen with TAPIR and Karen Collins with AstroImageJ.  For followup observing, we have set an approximate threshold of 50 followup data sets.  For a particular planet paper, you will be included if you are an architect and if you joined the project and took your first followup data before the last lightcurve observation used in the paper. 

Science team members are included automatically in KELT exoplanet transit discovery paper author lists, but have the right to remove their name.  Architects have the right to request authorship if they are not already included as contributors.  They may request it for themselves, or any other single person at their institution who has been involved in KELT work.  That includes, students, faculty, postdocs, staff scientists, or anyone else with an institutional affiliation.  Additional requests are one per architect, so institutions with more than one architect (BYU, Swarthmore, OSU, CfA) may include as many non-contributory authors as there are architects.

Stars indicate people who are not currently included in the followup email lists.

KELT Science Team

  • Joshua Pepper
  • Scott Gaudi
  • Keivan Stassun
  • Thomas G. Beatty
  • Karen A. Collins
  • Knicole D. Colón
  • Jason Eastman
  • Dax Feliz
  • David James
  • Marshall C. Johnson
  • Somayeh Khakpash
  • Rudolf B. Kuhn
  • Jonathan Labadie-Bartz
  • Michael B. Lund
  • Joseph E. Rodriguez
  • Robert J. Siverd
  • Daniel J. Stevens
  • Xinyu Yao
  • George Zhou

KELT Architects

  • Daniel Bayliss
  • Allyson Bieryla
  • Valerio Bozza
  • David Cohen
  • Dennis Conti
  • Ivan A. Curtis
  • Darren DePoy *
  • Andy Gould * [Decline for Co-authorships]
  • Phil Evans
  • BJ Fulton
  • Hannah Jang-Condell
  • Eric Jensen
  • Michael D. Joner
  • Joao Gregorio
  • John F. Kielkopf
  • David W. Latham
  • Mark Manner
  • Jennifer Marshall *
  • Kim McLeod
  • Peter Nelson
  • Thomas E. Oberst
  • Matthew Penny
  • Rick Pogge *
  • Phillip Reed
  • Howie Relles
  • Denise Stephens
  • Christopher Stockdale
  • Thiam-Guan Tan
  • Mark Trueblood *
  • Pat Trueblood *
  • Steven Villanueva Jr.
  • Roberto Zambelli


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