Spitzer Documentation & Tools
Guidelines for Publication Acknowledgments

All publications based on Spitzer data or NASA funding support should carry an appropriate acknowledgment.

If you are simply using data from Spitzer, but not funding, simply use the following:"This work is based [in part] on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA."

If the research was supported by NASA data analysis funds, the publication should carry an explicit acknowledgment of that support. Consult the table below to determine the most appropriate means of acknowledgment.

  • If your home institution is a university, non-profit research institution (e.g., STScI, Caltech, JPL, or IPAC), or corporation, use Column A in the Table.
  • If your home institution is a NASA Center or any other federal government organization, use Column B in the Table.
Table: Acknowledgment Templates
Column AColumn B
Original Spitzer ObservationsTemplate-1aTemplate-1b
Archival ResearchTemplate-2aTemplate-2b
Theoretical ResearchTemplate-3aTemplate-3b
Fellowship ProgramTemplate-4aTemplate-4b

In papers describing Spitzer results, investigators should provide reference(s) to seminal papers describing the Observatory, including the relevant science instruments. Moreover, the SSC encourages Spitzer investigators to reference seminal Legacy Science project results, and/or seminal data analysis software publications, where appropriate.


Template-1a

    "This work is based [in part] on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA. Support for this work was provided by NASA through an award issued by JPL/Caltech."
Template-1b
    "This work is based [in part] on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA. Support for this work was provided by NASA."
Template-2a
    "This work is based [in part] on archival data obtained with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA. Support for this work was provided by an award issued by JPL/Caltech."
Template-2b
    "This work is based [in part] on archival data obtained with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA. Support for this work was provided by NASA."

Template-3a

    "Support for this work, part of the Spitzer Space Telescope Theoretical Research Program, was provided by NASA through a contract issued by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA.
Template-3b
    "Support for this work, part of the Spitzer Space Telescope Theoretical Research Program, was provided by NASA."
Template-4a
    "Support for this work was provided by NASA through the Spitzer Space Telescope Fellowship Program, through a contract issued by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA."
Template-4b
    "Support for this work was provided by NASA through the Spitzer Space Telescope Fellowship Program."
IPAC Caltech
Jet Propulsion Lab NASA