Publications

We request that scientific publications using data obtained from the TESS project include one of the following acknowledgments:

This paper includes data collected by the TESS mission. Funding for the TESS mission is provided by the NASA Explorer Program.

Publication database

The TESS Science Support Center curates a list of scientific publications pertaining to TESS. The database contains 127 publications, of which 77 are peer-reviewed. It demonstrates the important impact of TESS data on astronomical research.

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If you spot an error in the database, such as a missing entry, please get in touch or open an issue in the GitHub repository of the database.

Last update: 22 May 2019.


Breakdown by year & mission

The graph below shows the number of publications as a function of year.

Publication rate by year


Breakdown by subject

Both TESS data have been used for scientific applications that reach far beyond exoplanet research. While 71 works relate to exoplanets (56%), a total of 56 pertain to other areas of astrophysics (44%).

Publications by subject


Most-cited publications

TESS publications have cumulatively been cited 1499 times. The list below shows the most-cited publications, based on the citation count obtained from NASA ADS.

  1. TRANSITING EXOPLANET SURVEY SATELLITE (TESS)
    Ricker, George R., Winn, Joshua N., Vanderspek, Roland, et al.
    2015JATIS...1a4003R 432 citations

  2. THE TRANSITING EXOPLANET SURVEY SATELLITE: SIMULATIONS OF PLANET DETECTIONS AND ASTROPHYSICAL FALSE POSITIVES
    Sullivan, Peter W., Winn, Joshua N., Berta-Thompson, Zachory K., et al.
    2015ApJ...809...77S 207 citations

  3. THE TESS INPUT CATALOG AND CANDIDATE TARGET LIST
    Stassun, Keivan G., Oelkers, Ryan J., Pepper, Joshua, et al.
    2018AJ....156..102S 80 citations

  4. A REVISED EXOPLANET YIELD FROM THE TRANSITING EXOPLANET SURVEY SATELLITE (TESS)
    Barclay, Thomas, Pepper, Joshua, Quintana, Elisa V.
    2018ApJS..239....2B 62 citations

  5. THE ASTEROSEISMIC POTENTIAL OF TESS: EXOPLANET-HOST STARS
    Campante, T. L., Schofield, M., Kuszlewicz, J. S., et al.
    2016ApJ...830..138C 46 citations

  6. TESS DISCOVERY OF A TRANSITING SUPER-EARTH IN THE PI MENSAE SYSTEM
    Huang, Chelsea X., Burt, Jennifer, Vanderburg, Andrew, et al.
    2018ApJ...868L..39H 36 citations

  7. PLANET DETECTION SIMULATIONS FOR SEVERAL POSSIBLE TESS EXTENDED MISSIONS
    Bouma, L. G., Winn, Joshua N., Kosiarek, Jacobi, et al.
    2017arXiv170508891B 29 citations

  8. THE TRANSITING EXOPLANET SURVEY SATELLITE MISSION
    Ricker, G. R.
    2014JAVSO..42..234R 29 citations

  9. A FRAMEWORK FOR PRIORITIZING THE TESS PLANETARY CANDIDATES MOST AMENABLE TO ATMOSPHERIC CHARACTERIZATION
    Kempton, Eliza M. -R., Bean, Jacob L., Louie, Dana R., et al.
    2018PASP..130k4401K 24 citations

  10. THE TESS-HERMES SURVEY DATA RELEASE 1: HIGH-RESOLUTION SPECTROSCOPY OF THE TESS SOUTHERN CONTINUOUS VIEWING ZONE
    Sharma, Sanjib, Stello, Dennis, Buder, Sven, et al.
    2018MNRAS.473.2004S 23 citations