UKIRT Publication Inclusion Policy
Publication Count Policy
This policy describes the criteria for inclusion of papers in
the annual UKIRT publication count. It is based on the principle that
UKIRT as a provider of data,
rather than results. Therefore data can be counted more than once
whereas derived results cannot.
To qualify as a UKIRT publication, a paper must base some or all of
its conclusions on UKIRT data. These may be (i) original data obtained
authors, (ii) archival data reduced or analyzed anew by the authors, or
(iii) calibrated data (e.g. JHK photometry) already published elsewhere
but employed anew for a different
The following two lists describe examples of "marginal" papers.
- Second hand use: papers quoting/using derived results (e.g. a SED
slope) from other papers which use UKIRT data. Those data have already
been published but the fundamental problem is that no new analysis of
the data themselves is involved.
- Papers in which an object discovered by UKIRT (and e.g. bearing a
UKIRT designation such as ULASx), and published elsewhere, is then
followed up with some other facility. This will probably mean that some
papers claimed as UKIDSS achievements will fail the test as UKIRT
- Standard stars: papers which use the published standard
magnitudes for calibration purposes only.
- Small contributions of UKIRT data by comparison to other data
sets in the paper. If UKIRT spends an hour getting a photometric point
which is one of (say) 50 employed in a paper, it is still valid as long
as it is not a re-publication. An example of this is the Tonry et al.
supernova paper: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2003ApJ...594....1T
- New usage of data (e.g. photometric points) in an unrelated
paper; for example, if a paper quotes JHK photometry and is referenced
by another paper which uses those points for a new purpose, then
effectively the data have been obtained from an archive and should be
- Use of UKIRT data for other than directly science-related
purposes. For example, if a paper uses a set of UKIDSS photometry from
the science archive as a check on calibration of its own photometry,
that is still a valid, "from scratch" use of UKIRT data and should be