Policies

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Publication and membership policies

The following was agreed in Jan 2012.

  • members of the collaboration can propose (to Robert and Martin as co-ordinators) to take responsibility for the

reduction of particular datasets. If someone reduces a dataset to the point of providing final data products as described in the proposal, they get first refusal on writing a single-object or small-sample paper that uses that dataset. Once a substantial number of datasets is fully reduced, there will be an option to propose papers involving those without doing any further reduction. We expect that at the end of the project there will be full-sample papers to be written broadly round the topics of the original working groups in the proposal, and that those will be led by the people named on the proposal.

  • Everyone on the original legacy proposal is a member of the

collaboration for these purposes, and so are their PhD students and postdocs. (If you have a student or postdoc who wants to work on the data, let Martin know so that I can put him/her on the Members list

  • New full members

of the collaboration who aren't students or postdocs of existing members can be added if nominated by someone already in the collaboration and if the other members agree; they will then be able to propose to do work and write papers on equal terms with existing members. Note that this does not preclude involving non-members of the collaboration in data reduction and as co-authors on papers -- our feeling is that you should be able to do that freely. However, non-members cannot lead papers or data reduction efforts, and will not have access to the archive of reduced datasets.

  • Papers written by members of the collaboration

about legacy data must be circulated to the collaboration and that there should be an opportunity for all members to become authors by providing (useful) comments. In addition, Robert and Martin, as co-ordinators, may ask to be authors by virtue of having written the proposals (i.e. without having to pass some threshold for whether our comments on a paper are useful), and that the original reducer of any individual dataset used in a paper has the same right. We expect that all members of the collaboration will have the right to be authors on the final 'full-sample' papers.