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 187 publications, of which 136 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: 05 Nov 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 96 works relate to exoplanets (51%), a total of 91 pertain to other areas of astrophysics (49%).

Publications by subject


Most-cited publications

TESS publications have cumulatively been cited 2306 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 569 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 237 citations

  3. THE TESS INPUT CATALOG AND CANDIDATE TARGET LIST
    Stassun, Keivan G., Oelkers, Ryan J., Pepper, Joshua, et al.
    2018AJ....156..102S 126 citations

  4. A REVISED EXOPLANET YIELD FROM THE TRANSITING EXOPLANET SURVEY SATELLITE (TESS)
    Barclay, Thomas, Pepper, Joshua, Quintana, Elisa V.
    2018ApJS..239....2B 91 citations

  5. TESS DISCOVERY OF A TRANSITING SUPER-EARTH IN THE PI MENSAE SYSTEM
    Huang, Chelsea X., Burt, Jennifer, Vanderburg, Andrew, et al.
    2018ApJ...868L..39H 56 citations

  6. THE ASTEROSEISMIC POTENTIAL OF TESS: EXOPLANET-HOST STARS
    Campante, T. L., Schofield, M., Kuszlewicz, J. S., et al.
    2016ApJ...830..138C 53 citations

  7. 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 39 citations

  8. TESS DISCOVERY OF AN ULTRA-SHORT-PERIOD PLANET AROUND THE NEARBY M DWARF LHS 3844
    Vanderspek, Roland, Huang, Chelsea X., Vanderburg, Andrew, et al.
    2019ApJ...871L..24V 38 citations

  9. PREDICTED NUMBER, MULTIPLICITY, AND ORBITAL DYNAMICS OF TESS M-DWARF EXOPLANETS
    Ballard, Sarah
    2019AJ....157..113B 32 citations

  10. TESS'S FIRST PLANET. A SUPER-EARTH TRANSITING THE NAKED-EYE STAR Π MENSAE
    Gandolfi, D., Barragán, O., Livingston, J. H., et al.
    2018A&A...619L..10G 31 citations