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SDSS Data Release Publications

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-III is Data Release 10 (DR10), which was released in July 2013. Details of DR10 are described in the DR10 paper (PDF).

The Data Release 9 paper describes the details of DR9, our previous data release. The Early Data Release (EDR) paper, which came out after the first data from the original Sloan Digital Sky Survey became public, contains the most detailed description of data from the original SDSS.

DR10
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; adsabs:2014ApJS..211...17A; doi:10.1088/0067-0049/211/2/17; arXiv:1307.7735.
DR9
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; adsabs:2012ApJS..203...21A; doi:10.1088/0067-0049/203/2/21; arXiv:1207.7137.
DR8
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; adsabs:2011ApJS..193...29A; doi:10.1088/0067-0049/193/2/29; arXiv:1101.1559Erratum: Astrophysical Journal Supplement 195 (2011) 26; adsabs:2011ApJS..195...26A; doi:10.1088/0067-0049/195/2/26.
DR7
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; adsabs:2009ApJS..182..543A; doi:10.1088/0067-0049/182/2/543; arXiv:0812.0649.
DR6
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; adsabs:2008ApJS..175..297A; doi:10.1086/524984; arXiv:0707.3413.
DR5
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; adsabs:2007ApJS..172..634A; doi:10.1086/518864; arXiv:0707.3380.
DR4
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; adsabs:2006ApJS..162...38A; doi:10.1086/497917; arXiv:astro-ph/0507711.
DR3
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; adsabs:2005AJ....129.1755A; doi:10.1086/427544; arXiv:astro-ph/0410239.
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; adsabs:2004AJ....128.2577F; doi:10.1086/425050; arXiv:astro-ph/0409700.
DR2
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; adsabs:2004AJ....128..502A; doi:10.1086/421365; arXiv:astro-ph/0403325.
DR1
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; adsabs:2003AJ....126.2081A; doi:10.1086/378165; arXiv:astro-ph/0305492.
Early Data Release
C. Stoughton, R. H. Lupton, M. Bernardi et al., Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Early Data Release, Astronomical Journal 123 (2002) 485-548; adsabs:2002AJ....123..485S; doi:10.1086/324741Erratum: Astronomical Journal 123 (2002) 3487-3487; adsabs:2002AJ....123.3487S; doi:10.1086/340314.