Publications and Acknowledgements


If you are preparing a new paper, please follow the official MWA Publication Policy and include the required Acknowledgements and any required Authors (see below).

For MWA Collaboration papers, please use the following proposal template when you prepare a new paper proposal: MWA Publication Proposal Template (editable Word doc)

Required Acknowledgements

Where practical and appropriate, all MWA Publications must include a citation to the the standard MWA reference:

MWA Publications making use of Phase II data must also include a citation to the standard MWA Phase II reference:

The following statement of acknowledgement has been constructed in accordance with the MWA membership policy, and should be used in all MWA papers:

This scientific work uses data obtained from Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara / the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. We acknowledge the Wajarri Yamaji People as the Traditional Owners and native title holders of the Observatory site. Establishment of CSIRO's Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory is an initiative of the Australian Government, with support from the Government of Western Australia and the Science and Industry Endowment Fund. Support for the operation of the MWA is provided by the Australian Government (NCRIS), under a contract to Curtin University administered by Astronomy Australia Limited. This work was supported by resources provided by the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre with funding from the Australian Government and the Government of Western Australia.

Required Authors (Builder's Lists)

The MWA has recognised the contributions of many team members at different points in the project's history through Builder's Lists. These are required author lists for academic journal articles, and their use is largely dependent on when a publication is proposed.

Currently, no new MWA Publications require inclusion of a builder's list, with the exception of individual science theme group policies, or Phase II flagship papers identified by the Project Scientists and then approved by the Board.

Refer to the MWA Builders Policy and the tables below for more information.

Builder's Lists

Phase II
  • Beardsley, A.P., ASU
  • Crosse, B., Curtin
  • Emrich, D., Curtin
  • Franzen, T., ASTRON
  • Gaensler, B.M., University of Toronto
  • Horsley, L., Curtin
  • Johnston-Hollitt, M., Curtin
  • Kaplan, D.L., UWM
  • Kenney, D., Curtin
  • Morales, M.F., University of Washington
  • Pallot, D., UWA
  • Steele, K., Curtin
  • Tingay, S., Curtin
  • Trott, C., Curtin
  • Walker, M., Curtin
  • Wayth, R., Curtin
  • Williams, A., Curtin
  • Wu, C., UWA

When to use Builder's Lists

Publication proposed:MWA ConfigurationAuthor List (tex templates)
1 January 2022 onwardsPhase IIINo required authors, with the exception of individual science theme group policies, or Phase II flagship papers identified by the Project Scientists and then approved by the Board.
1 January 2019 - 31 December 2021 Phase IIAuthors from this author list can opt-in to be a publication co-author. Paul Hancock has come up with some nifty tricks to simplify builders list opt-ins, his instructions are here.
1 October 2016 - 31 December 2018Phase IIUse this author list.
19 June 2015 - 30 September 2016Phase INo required authors except for as determined by individual science theme group policies.
29 September 2014 - 18 June 2015Phase IUse this author list.
18 February 2014 - 28 September 2014Phase IUse this author list.
21 June 2013 - 17 February 2014Phase IUse this author list.
August 2012 - 20 June 2013MWA Commissioning PeriodUse the original author list

Help for making Author Lists

The following files and python script from LIGO member Leo Stein can be used to generate author lists with the appropriately numbered affiliations for people. You may still have to adjust to add emails, but this will do the majority in the right format for IOP journals such as ApJ. 

Example usage to spit the LaTeX out to the command line:

python MWA_authors.txt MWA_affils.txt

Right now the authors are just in alphabetical order, but of course they can be re-ordered or changed as needed. If you find any authors/affiliations missing or in error, please let the Principal Scientist know. Note that this is just a list of authors seen in MWA papers; it is not meant to imply any builders list etc. See for instructions on changing those files.