SDSS Data Release Publications

Outline

With each data release, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration has published a Data Release paper, which describes the data, the data acquisition process, and other details of the project.

The most current public data release of the SDSS-IV is Data Release 16 (DR16), which was released in December 2019. Details of DR16 are described in the Data Release 16 paper (Ahumada et al. 2020, submitted to ApJS).

This page gives links to the published paper for each data release, which serves as the official academic record for that release. When publishing research with data from one or more of our data releases, please reference the appropriate paper from the list below, along with any technical publications necessary for the reader to understand how the data were collected. Please see our guide on how to cite SDSS. Thank you, and we hope you find our data useful!

Data Release 16

Publicly Available: 9 December 2019

Ahumada et al., The Sixteenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys: (Ahumada et al. submitted to ApJS)

Data Release 15

Publicly Available: 10 December 2018

Aguado et al., The Fifteenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys: First Release of MaNGA Derived Quantities, Data Visualization Tools and Stellar Library (Aguado et al. 2019 ApJS 240, 23)

Data Release 14

Publicly Available: 31 July 2017

B. Abolfathi et al., The Fourteenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey and from the second phase of the Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 235 (2018) 42.

Data Release 13

Publicly Available: 31 July 2016

F. D. Albaretti et al., The Thirteenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the SDSS-IV Survey Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 233 (2017) 25.

Data Releases 11 and 12

Publicly Available: 6 January 2015

S. Alam, F. D. Albareti, C. Allende Prieto et al., The Eleventh and Twelfth Data Releases of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Final Data from SDSS-III, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 219 (2015) 12.

Data Release 10

Publicly Available: 30 July 2013

C. P. Ahn, R. Alexandroff, C. Allende Prieto et al., The Tenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the SDSS-III Apache Point Observatory Galactic Evolution Experiment, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 211 (2014) 17.

Data Release 9

Publicly Available: 31 July 2012

C. P. Ahn, R. Alexandroff, C. Allende Prieto et al., The Ninth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 203 (2012) 21.

Data Release 8

Publicly Available: 10 January 2011

H. Aihara, C. Allende Prieto, D. An et al., The Eighth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Data from SDSS-III, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 193 (2011) 29.

Erratum

Astrophysical Journal Supplement 195 (2011) 26.

Data Release 7

Publicly Available: 31 October 2008

K. N. Abazajian, J. K. Adelman-McCarthy, M. A. Agüeros et al., The Seventh Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 182 (2009) 543-558.

Data Release 6

Publicly Available: 29 June 2007

J. K. Adelman-McCarthy, M. A. Agüeros, S. S. Allam et al., The Sixth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 175 (2008) 297-313.

Data Release 5

Publicly Available: 28 June 2006

J. K. Adelman-McCarthy, M. A. Agüeros, S. S. Allam et al., The Fifth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 172 (2007) 634-644.

Data Release 4

Publicly Available: 27 June 2005

J. K. Adelman-McCarthy, M. A. Agüeros, S. S. Allam et al., The Fourth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Astrophysical Journal Supplement 162 (2006) 38-48.

Data Release 3

Publicly Available: 27 September 2004

K. Abazajian, J. K. Adelman-McCarthy, M. A. Agüeros et al., The Third Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Astronomical Journal 129 (2005) 1755-1759.

Orion Release

D. P. Finkbeiner, N. Padmanabhan, D. J. Schlegel et al., Sloan Digital Sky Survey Imaging of Low Galactic Latitude Fields: Technical Summary and Data Release, Astronomical Journal 128 (2004) 2577-2592.

Data Release 2

Publicly Available: 15 March 2004

K. Abazajian, J. K. Adelman-McCarthy, M. A. Agüeros et al., The Second Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Astronomical Journal 128 (2004) 502-512.

Data Release 1

Publicly Available: 11 June 2003

K. Abazajian, J. K. Adelman-McCarthy, M. A. Agüeros et al., The First Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Astronomical Journal 126 (2003) 2081-2086.

Early Data Release

Publicly Available: 5 June 2001

C. Stoughton, R. H. Lupton, M. Bernardi et al., Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Early Data Release, Astronomical Journal 123 (2002) 485-548.

Erratum

Astronomical Journal 123 (2002) 3487-3487.