1. Publication Policy: This policy will be posted on the CAPS web site and we ask that all CAPS team members, members of other Cassini science investigations, and participating scientists using CAPS data and resources respect this policy. This policy applies specifically to the use of data which has not yet been archived with the PDS, although following this policy for the use of any CAPS data would be appreciated by the CAPS team. The Cassini project and MAPS working group policies, will also be posted on this site. Attention will be drawn to any changes in either policy. Comments on this policy should be addressed to the CAPS PI: David T Young ( --- As of November 13, 2012 the acting PI is Jack H. Waite ( Please address questions to J.H. Waite.
  2. Statute of limitations: If any of the following sets of conditions are not acted upon by the presumptive lead author(s) within 6 months then any member scientist of the CAPS team may take over the lead on the paper by notifying the PI.
  3. Acknowledgements: In all cases authors must acknowledge NASA and other federal institution contracts as appropriate. The CAPS contract number will be posted on the web site. The current CAPS contract/sub-contract number is NAS703001TONMO711123/1405851.
  4. Principle of contribution: Every author must contribute to the paper(s) in which he/she participates. Authors who are invited to join because of hardware connections are expected to contribute. No free rides are to be given or expected.
  5. Principle of posting: At the point when a presentation jells (i.e., there exists a title, an author list, and an abstract) this information should be registered in a form on the CAPS web site. At that point other authors may want to contribute and should notify the senior author.
  6. Outside data exchanges: Consistent with an open data policy, outside requests do not have to have the PI's OK subject to the following: Data requests from outside authors to CAPS team members must be posted on the CAPS web site giving the information in Item 3. If any CAPS team member feels the data should be restricted (e.g. because of prior claim to the subject) or that there are other issues restricting the use of the data then the problem should be brought to the PI's attention for resolution.
  7. Participation in this policy: This policy requires CAPS team members to be pro-active and to monitor the CAPS web site for issues relating to data and publication rights. The data will be freely available to the scientific community unless a valid objection is raised by a team member.
  8. CAPS overview papers: Papers covering major Cassini objectives in which the Cassini project organizes a coordinated publication will be led by the PI or his designate with all Co-I's as authors and with other authors based on their contributions to the paper. In all cases it is understood that "other authors" may include authors invited from outside the CAPS team.
  9. Sensor-based overview papers: Papers covering major or first-time objectives will be led by one or more of the cognizant Co-investigators or his/her designate. The cognizant Co-investigators for each sensor will be posted on the CAPS web page.
    • IBS: Barraclough
    • ELS: Coates
    • IMS: Berthelier, McComas, Nordholt, Sittler, or Young
  10. Subsequent analysis papers: Papers in areas that do not fall into the above categories:
    1. Papers requiring direct hardware support by one or more members of the instrument hardware teams will be led by the cognizant researcher with co-authors drawn from the cognizant Co-I's or their designate(s) and from other contributing scientists.
    2. Papers not requiring direct hardware support will be led by the cognizant researcher with co-authors drawn from contributing scientists.
  11. Collaborations outside the CAPS team. Papers making use of CAPS data may be originated outside the CAPS team with non-CAPS members as senior authors and CAPS team members as contributing authors. In that case Item 8 applies.
  12. Reviews. The invited author using already published CAPS data may invite other team members to participate at his/her discretion. Authors making use of new data should abide by the above rules with respect to co-authors.
  13. Updates. If updates are needed, the CAPS team will follow all appropriate CAPS team procedures, Project Science processes and JPL/SwRI legal procedures.