This is a common issue with amateur contributions generally. Have you
discussed this with the authors of the papers?
Note that the ARAS and BeSS databases are not connected and are completely
independent of each other. The BeSS database is a professional database of
Be star spectra only run by Observatoire de Meudon, to which both amateurs
and professionals contribute. The ARAS database is just somewhere for
different from those of the BeSS database for the ARAS database which can be
http://www.astrosurf.com/aras/Aras_Data ... ge.htm#Use
Nova Del is not a Be Star of course and as far as I can see, the Nova Del
spectra collected by the WR team were submitted to the ARAS database with
the observer as "WR13x-collaboration" so without further information, any
potential user would only be able to accredit the team.
From: Thomas Eversberg
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 7:52 AM
Subject: [fg spektroskopie] Data policy standards for publications
Link zum neuen Beitrag:
http://spektroskopieforum.vdsastro.de/v ... 444#p27870
The publication policy for using the BESS and ARAS Spectral Databases
are clearly noted in the “Credits” of the BESS website.
If data extracted from BeSS are used in scientific publications,
please mention the sentence: "This work has made use of the BeSS
database, operated at LESIA, Observatoire de Meudon, France:
". Moreover, when you use many spectra obtained
by the same person, you can welcome him/her as a co-author of your
publication. It is sufficient to thank in your publication observers
which provided less spectra.
In 2013 IAC80 observers of the Wolf-Rayet campaign on Tenerife added
spectra of Nova Del to the ARAS Spectral Database, assuming that their
contribution would be appreciated in any later publication. However,
only one year later a paper on Nova Del has been published by a
professional group without any acknowledgements or co-authorship of the
observers. The origin of the spectra had only been noted as "/WR13x
collaboration/" in a respective table, which is a copy of the BESS
entry. Now an amateur paper on gamma Cas appeared again without
correctly acknowledging the data source and the observers according to
BESS policy. Ignoring this policy (which is basically a worldwide
standard) disrespects the efforts of all observers involved. I mention
this to remind everybody to sufficiently credit any external
contribution when publishing results from BESS or any other source.