Information for Researchers

Policies for conducting research at Jornada Basin LTER (JRN) as an investigator, postdoc, student, collaborator, or staff researcher are described below. The JRN code of ethics also applies to all researchers. JRN coordinates closely with the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range (JER) and the two share similar research policies. See the JER research policy here.

NEW researchers:

If you would like to start a new research project at JRN, the process begins with submission of a “Notification of Proposed Research” form. This form must be approved by the Jornada Site Manager, John Anderson, before work can begin.

Approved researchers:

There are 2 general requirements for JRN researchers:

  1. Data submission
    • All JRN researchers are participants in the LTER Network and are therefore required to submit their research data and metadata in accordance with the LTER Data Access Policy. We require all JRN researchers to submit data and metadata yearly to our research data archive. We publish this data in LTER-approved repositories at the time research results are peer-reviewed and published, or no later than 2 years after collection.
    • Collaborating Jornada researchers supported by non-LTER or non-USDA funds are asked to provide data and metadata, OR links to relevant datasets in open access repositories, upon conclusion or publication of the research.
  2. Supplying project information
    • The Jornada maintains a research project database and requires that representative researchers (usually PIs) submit information to populate and update this database regularly. Investigators with new projects should submit a project information template within 6 months of initial data collection. Thereafter, project information templates should be updated yearly until the project ends.
    • Download the Jornada Project Info template (MS Word .docx format)
    • Send as an email attachment to