Observing at WMKO - After Your Observing Run

Instructions for Authors
(for Papers & Press Releases)


Publication Acknowledgements


Observatory Acknowledgement

We request all scientific papers based on Keck data include the following acknowledgement (selecting the parenthetical words as appropriate) and suggest it appear as a footnote to the title of the paper itself: 

(Some of) The data presented herein were obtained at the W.M. Keck Observatory, which is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W.M. Keck Foundation.


Mauna Kea Site Acknowledgement

We further suggest to all authors they include the following statement in the acknowledgement section at the end of their published paper:

The authors wish to recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community.  We are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain.


Instrument Acknowledgement

In addition, we encourage all users of WMKO facility instruments to cite the appropriate reference for that instrument in the body of any published scientific paper.

Please check the table below for citations for the instruments listed.

NGS-AO,   LGS-AO (1) and (2)








Interferometer: V2 mode, nuller mode , and L band V2 mode

OSIRIS and 2013 Grating


KOA Archive Acknowledgement

If the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) has been used in your research, please include the following acknowledgement in your publications:

This research has made use of the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA), which is operated by the W. M. Keck Observatory and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI), under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Sharing Research Results with the Public and Media

The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) strongly encourages observers to share their results with the public. A Public Information and Outreach Office has been established to support you in this effort. This office is available to discuss proposals, ideas and other items related to education and outreach. Contact:

Steve Jefferson
Communication Officer
(808) 881-3827

W. M. Keck Observatory
65-1120 Mamalahoa Highway
Kamuela, HI 96743

Press Releases and Other Media Events

Results which appear to be of special interest to the general public may be made the subject of a WMKO press release to the news media. In the event your research organization wishes to join with WMKO in a simultaneous news release, arrangements may be made through the Communications and Public Programs Office as indicated above. Authors who publish data based wholly or in part on data obtained at the W. M. Keck Observatory are asked to provide acknowledgment in press releases and to news media reporters during interviews, including radio, television, Internet, telephone and video broadcasts. Please notify the Communications and Public Programs Office of these events.

Citations of Your Papers

The Keck Observatory Bibliography lists refereed papers and PhD dissertations referencing data collected at the W. M. Keck Observatory. Please send citations for the WMKO Bibliography to Librarian Peggi Kamisato, pkamisato@keck.hawaii.edu.

This page last updated 16-Jul-2015 sed