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1.11 Acknowledgments

Gnuastro would not have been possible without scholarships and grants from several funding institutions. We thus ask that if you used Gnuastro in any of your papers/reports, please add the proper citation and acknowledge this instrumental support. For details of which papers to cite (may be different for different programs) and get the acknowledgment statement to include in your paper, please run the relevant programs with the common --cite option like the example commands below (for more on --cite, please see Operating mode options).

$ astnoisechisel --cite
$ astmkcatalog --cite

Here, we’ll acknowledge all the institutions (and their grants) along with the people who helped make Gnuastro possible. The full list of Gnuastro authors is available at the start of this book and the AUTHORS file in the source code (both are generated automatically from the version controlled history). The plain text file THANKS, which is also distributed along with the source code, contains the list of people and institutions who played an indirect role in Gnuastro (not committed any code in the Gnuastro version controlled history).

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) scholarship for Mohammad Akhlaghi’s Masters and PhD degree in Tohoku University Astronomical Institute had an instrumental role in the long term learning and planning that made the idea of Gnuastro possible. The very critical view points of Professor Takashi Ichikawa (Mohammad’s adviser) were also instrumental in the initial ideas and creation of Gnuastro. Afterwards, the European Research Council (ERC) advanced grant 339659-MUSICOS (Principal investigator: Roland Bacon) was vital in the growth and expansion of Gnuastro. Working with Roland at the Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL), enabled a thorough re-write of the core functionality of all libraries and programs, turning Gnuastro into the large collection of generic programs and libraries it is today. Work on improving Gnuastro and making it mature is now continuing primarily in the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and in particular in collaboration with Johan Knapen and Ignacio Trujillo.

In general, we would like to gratefully thank the following people for their useful and constructive comments and suggestions (in alphabetical order by family name): Valentina Abril-melgarejo, Marjan Akbari, Roland Bacon, Roberto Baena Gall\’e, Karl Berry, Leindert Boogaard, Nicolas Bouché, Fernando Buitrago, Adrian Bunk, Rosa Calvi, Nushkia Chamba, Benjamin Clement, Nima Dehdilani, Antonio Diaz Diaz, Pierre-Alain Duc, Elham Eftekhari, Gaspar Galaz, Thérèse Godefroy, Madusha Gunawardhana, Stephen Hamer, Takashi Ichikawa, Raúl Infante Sainz, Brandon Invergo, Oryna Ivashtenko, Aurélien Jarno, Lee Kelvin, Brandon Kelly, Mohammad-Reza Khellat, Johan Knapen, Geoffry Krouchi, Floriane Leclercq, Alan Lefor, Guillaume Mahler, Juan Molina Tobar, Francesco Montanari, Dmitrii Oparin, Bertrand Pain, William Pence, Mamta Pommier, Bob Proulx, Teymoor Saifollahi, Yahya Sefidbakht, Alejandro Serrano Borlaff, Jenny Sorce, Lee Spitler, Richard Stallman, Michael Stein, Ole Streicher, Alfred M. Szmidt, Michel Tallon, Juan C. Tello, Éric Thiébaut, Ignacio Trujillo, David Valls-Gabaud, Aaron Watkins, Christopher Willmer, Sara Yousefi Taemeh, Johannes Zabl. The GNU French Translation Team is also managing the French version of the top Gnuastro webpage which we highly appreciate. Finally we should thank all the (sometimes anonymous) people in various online forums which patiently answered all our small (but important) technical questions.

All work on Gnuastro has been voluntary, but the authors are most grateful to the following institutions (in chronological order) for hosting us in our research. Where necessary, these institutions have disclaimed any ownership of the parts of Gnuastro that were developed there, thus insuring the freedom of Gnuastro for the future (see Copyright assignment). We highly appreciate their support for free software, and thus free science, and therefore a free society.

Tohoku University Astronomical Institute, Sendai, Japan.
University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.
Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon (CRAL), Lyon, France.
Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Tenerife, Spain.


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