How to acknowledge various resources (e.g., observatories, data repositories) in your papers, talks, etc. Currently, each section is in alphabetical order.
Also see the Acknowledgement Generator
Need to add NSF AST and NASA language.
See the guidelines suggested by AAS Journals.
Turk, M. J., Smith, B. D., Oishi, J. S., et al. 2011, ApJS, 192, 9.
"IRAF is distributed by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation."
"This publication makes use of data products from the Two Micron All Sky Survey, which is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation."
"We acknowledge with thanks the variable star observations from the AAVSO International Database contributed by observers worldwide and used in this research."
(This is the general acknowledgement, but see the full data usage policy for variations relating to exactly what kind of data is used.)
"Funding for the SDSS and SDSS-II has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Japanese Monbukagakusho, the Max Planck Society, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The SDSS Web Site is http://www.sdss.org/.
The SDSS is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions. The Participating Institutions are the American Museum of Natural History, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, University of Basel, University of Cambridge, Case Western Reserve University, University of Chicago, Drexel University, Fermilab, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Japan Participation Group, Johns Hopkins University, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics, the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, the Korean Scientist Group, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (LAMOST), Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPA), New Mexico State University, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the United States Naval Observatory, and the University of Washington."
"Funding for SDSS-III has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Participating Institutions, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The SDSS-III web site is http://www.sdss3.org/.
SDSS-III is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions of the SDSS-III Collaboration including the University of Arizona, the Brazilian Participation Group, Brookhaven National Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Florida, the French Participation Group, the German Participation Group, Harvard University, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, the Michigan State/Notre Dame/JINA Participation Group, Johns Hopkins University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, New Mexico State University, New York University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Portsmouth, Princeton University, the Spanish Participation Group, University of Tokyo, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, University of Washington, and Yale University."
"Funding for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV has been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, and the Participating Institutions. SDSS acknowledges support and resources from the Center for High-Performance Computing at the University of Utah. The SDSS web site is www.sdss.org.
SDSS is managed by the Astrophysical Research Consortium for the Participating Institutions of the SDSS Collaboration including the Brazilian Participation Group, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Mellon University, the Chilean Participation Group, the French Participation Group, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, The Johns Hopkins University, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU) / University of Tokyo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP), Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA Heidelberg), Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik (MPA Garching), Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (MPE), National Astronomical Observatories of China, New Mexico State University, New York University, University of Notre Dame, Observatório Nacional / MCTI, The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, United Kingdom Participation Group, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, University of Arizona, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oxford, University of Portsmouth, University of Utah, University of Virginia, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University."
"This publication makes use of data products from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which is a joint project of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration."
All Mauna Kea observatories
"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." -- WMKO
Arecibo Observatory/Arecibo planetary radar
"The Arecibo Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation (NSF) operated by SRI International in alliance with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and UMET under a cooperative agreement. The Arecibo Observatory Planetary Radar Program is funded through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Near-Earth Objects Observations program."
"The scientific results reported in this article are based " rel="">if applicable: in part or to a significant degree on observations made by the Chandra X-ray Observatory for articles by the PI team, data obtained from the Chandra Data Archive for articles based on archival data, observations made by the Chandra X-ray Observatory and published previously in cited articles for articles based on published results."
"All publications based on ESO data should carry the following footnote:
All users of data from the ESO Science Archive Facility are required to acknowledge the source of the data with an appropriate citation in their publications in the form:
where is the archive user name of the requester.
Alternatively, users can also cite the ESO programme ID given to all successful proposals in the form:
where the . (period.category-number) is the ID of the ESO observing programme.
Users of the LABOCA instrument at APEX are required to acknowledge the use of calibration observations when these were obtained during the time allocated to another of the APEX partners (the Max-Planck Institut fuer Radioastronomie and the Onsala Space Observatory) or to Chile as host country."
“Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained " rel="">from the Data Archive at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. These observations are associated with program # .”
Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
"Visiting Astronomer at the Infrared Telescope Facility, which is operated by the University of Hawaii under Cooperative Agreement no. NNX-08AE38A with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science Mission Directorate, Planetary Astronomy Program."
If IRTF facility instruments have been used (CSHELL, NSFCAM or SpeX), the instrument paper must be cited. The citation can be found on the relevant instrument webpage.
"(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." -- WMKO
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. Links here: WMKO
Large Binocular Telescope
The LBT is an international collaboration among institutions in the United States, Italy and Germany. The LBT Corporation partners are: The University of Arizona on behalf of the Arizona university system; Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy; LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Germany, representing the Max Planck Society, the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, and Heidelberg University; The Ohio State University; The Research Corporation, on behalf of The University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota and University of Virginia.
"This paper includes data gathered with the 6.5 meter Magellan Telescopes located at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile."
"Observations reported here were obtained at the MMT Observatory, a joint facility of the University of Arizona and the Smithsonian Institution."
Different facilities (KPNO/CTIO/WIYN/SMARTS/Archival Data/Community time through non-NOAO facilities) have different acknowledgements. The full list is maintained here:
"The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc."
"All/some of the observations reported in this paper were obtained with the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT)"
Additional information to include in the paper is available here.
Submillimeter Array (SMA)
"The Submillimeter Array is a joint project between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is funded by the Smithsonian Institution and the Academia Sinica."
"When publishing a paper using XMM-Newton data please include the following text, preferably as a footnote to the title:
'Based on observations obtained with XMM-Newton, an ESA science mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and NASA'. "
"This research has made use of NASA's Astrophysics Data System Bibliographic Services."
"This research has made use of NASA's Astrophysics Data System."
"This research has made use of the AstroBetter blog and wiki."
"Funding for the DEEP2 Galaxy Redshift Survey has been provided by NSF grants AST-95-09298, AST-0071048, AST-0507428, and AST-0507483 as well as NASA LTSA grant NNG04GC89G."
(Plus the Keck acknowledgement given above.)
"Funding for the DEEP2/DEIMOS pipelines has been provided by NSF grant AST-0071048. The DEIMOS spectrograph was funded by grants from CARA (Keck Observatory) and UCO/Lick Observatory, a NSF Facilities and Infrastructure grant (ARI92-14621), the Center for Particle Astrophysics, and by gifts from Sun Microsystems and the Quantum Corporation."
Papers using DEEP2 data or the DEEP2 team DEIMOS pipelines should cite Newman et al. 2012 (http://arxiv.org/abs/1203.3192); for use of the pipeline, citation of Cooper et al. 2012
"The Millennium Simulation databases used in this paper and the web application providing online access to them were constructed as part of the activities of the German Astrophysical Virtual Observatory (GAVO)."
(replace "Millennium" with "Millennium-II" or add "Millennium-II" if appropriate)
"This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration."
"This research has made use of the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France."