Information for Authors

Notify the SOFIA Science Center via of any accepted refereed paper or PhD thesis publishing SOFIA data. Your publication will then be listed on our SOFIA Publications page or the PhD Theses page.


Authors who utilize SOFIA data should provide the following acknowledgement in their publications,

"Based [in part] on observations made with the NASA/DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA is jointly operated by the Universities Space Research Association, Inc. (USRA), under NASA contract NNA17BF53C, and the Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI) under DLR contract 50 OK 0901 to the University of Stuttgart. [Financial support for this work was provided by NASA {through award #____ issued by USRA.]"

If the work was supported by funds awarded by USRA through the SOFIA observing program, then include the award number as shown in the square brackets. Awards to NASA civil servants are not distributed through USRA. In this case, remove the text in curly brackets. If there was no financial support issued through the SOFIA observing program, then the text in square brackets may be omitted.

Authors utilizing SOFIA/GREAT observations are reminded that the Calls for Proposals state that "For GO publications resulting directly from accepted SOFIA proposals that involve GREAT observations, the GREAT PI may designate up to three co-authors."


Investigators using SOFIA data as part of their research should use the following citations where appropriate.

"The SOFIA Observatory at the Start of Routine Science Operations: Mission Capabilities and Performance"
Temi, P., et al., 2014, ApJS, 212, 24.
DOI: 10.1088/0067-0049/212/2/24

"Status of the Echelon-cross-Echelle Spectrograph for SOFIA"
Richter et al., 2010, ProcSPIE 7735, 77356Q.
DOI: 10.1117/12.856515 [pdf]

"FIFI-LS: the Facility Far-infrared Spectrometer for SOFIA"
Klein, R., et al., 2014, ProcSPIE, 9147, 91472X.
DOI: 10.1117/12.2055371; ADS Bibliographic Code: 2014SPIE.9147E..2XK

"First Science Observations with SOFIA/FORCAST: The FORCAST Mid-infrared Camera"
Herter, T.L., et al., 2012, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 749, L18.
DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/749/2/L18

"Development of the FPI+ as Facility Science Instrument for SOFIA Cycle Four Observations"
Pfüller, Enrico, et al., 2016, ProcSPIE, 9908, 99082W.
DOI: 10.1117/12.2233490; ADS Bibliographic Code: 2016SPIE.9908E..2WP

GREAT: The SOFIA High-frequency Heterodyne Instrument"
Heyminck, S., et al., 2012, A&A, 542, L1.
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201218811

"Far-infrared polarimetry from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy"
Vaillancourt et al., 2007, ProcSPIE, 6678, 66780D.
DOI: 10.1117/12.730922 [pdf]

Retired Instruments

"Ground-based commissioning of FLITECAM"
Smith & McLean, 2008, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy II, Ian S. McLean & Mark M. Casali, Editors, Proc. SPIE 7014, 701411
DOI: 10.1117/12.788693 [pdf]

"SOFIA Image Motion Compensation"
Dunham, et al., 2010, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy III, Ian S. McLean, Suzanne K. Ramsay, & Hideki Takami, Editors, Proc. SPIE 7735, 77355X (2010),
DOI: 10.1117/12.857731 [pdf]

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