NEW PSP Data Policy

PSP Mission Rules of the Road for Data Usage 


As part of the development of collaboration with the broader Heliophysics community, the mission has drafted a “Rules of the Road” to govern how PSP instrument data is used. 


  1. The PI of each instrument shall make all scientific data products available to the public, as stated in the PSP Science Data Management Plan.
  2. Users are encouraged to consult with the relevant PI or their designates to discuss the appropriate use of instrument data or analysis results and to ensure that the Users are accessing the most recent available versions of the data and analysis routines. Such resources as Investigation SOC Web Sites, the PSP Science Gateway, the NASA CDAWeb, Virtual Solar Observatory and NASA's Heliophysics Data Environment can help facilitate such consultations.
  3. Users should heed the caveats of investigators to the interpretation and limitations of data or model results. Investigators supplying data or models may insist that such caveats be published. Data and model version numbers should also be specified.
  4. Browse products, Quick-look and Planning data are not intended for science analysis or publication and should not be used for those purposes without consent of the PI.
  5. Users should acknowledge the sources of data used in all publications, presentations, and reports.

    "Parker Solar Probe was designed, built, and is now operated by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as part of NASA’s Living with a Star (LWS) program (contract NNN06AA01C). Support from the LWS management and technical team has played a critical role in the success of the Parker Solar Probe mission.”


    Use of any FIELDS data should also contain the following acknowledgement "Thanks to the FIELDS team for providing data (PI: Stuart D. Bale, UC Berkeley)"


    Use of any IS⊙IS data should include the following acknowledgement and also refer to the publication provided below. "Thanks to the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS⊙IS) Science Team (PI: David McComas, Princeton University)."

    Reference Publication:

    McComas, D. J. et al. (2016), Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun (IS⊙IS): Design of the Energetic Particle Investigation, Space Science Reviews, 204, 187–256, doi:10.1007/s11214-014- 0059-1.


    Use of any SWEAP data should also contain the following acknowledgement "Thanks to the Solar Wind Electrons, Alphas, and Protons (SWEAP) team for providing data (PI: Justin Kasper, BWX Technologies)."


    Use of any WISPR data should also contain the following acknowledgment and also refer to the publication provided below. "The Wide-Field Imager for Parker Solar Probe (WISPR) instrument was designed, built, and is now operated by the US Naval Research Laboratory in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory, California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of Gottingen, Germany, Centre Spatiale de Liege, Belgium and University of Toulouse/Research Institute in Astrophysics and Planetology."


    Vourlidas, A. et al. (2016), The Wide-Field Imager for Solar Probe Plus (WISPR), Space Science Reviews, 204, 88–130, 10.1007/s11214-014-0114-y


  6. Users are encouraged to provide the PI a copy of each manuscript that uses the PI’s data prior to submission of that manuscript for consideration of publication. On publication the citation should be transmitted to the PI, the mission Project Scientist, and any other providers of data.