Access Methods


There will be no charges for peer-reviewed non-proprietary research.  In summary we envisage the following methods of access:


(a)               Proprietary research on a fee-for-service basis, with beam-time prices published on the web; work will be done on short notice.


(b)               Non-proprietary research via a standard proposal system, with 6-monthly peer review.


(c)               Programs of non-proprietary research, reviewed by the same 6-monthly peer-review process, but for 3-year programs of research. No instrument should have more than 25% commitment to program research.


(d)               Fast-turnaround non-proprietary experiments, typically for high-throughput instruments like the powder diffractometers and possible the quasi-Laue diffractometer, for room-temperature samples in a sample changer. Proposals will be accepted at any time.


(e)               Director's discretion.  10% of the beam time will be held back for extremely exciting time-competitive research, commercial business, programmatic ANSTO work, which may be performed at the discretion of the leader of the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering.  If not used, this time may be made available to the instrument scientists for the instrument.


(f)                 If instruments are built by other parties, those parties will get exclusive rights to beam time on that instrument, in relation to their contribution to the total capital and operating costs.


The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering will be responsible for all databases relating to usage, access to the ANSTO site including the reactor beam hall and neutron guide hall, scheduling, review, safety training, access to computer networks, archiving data and providing access to it.  ANSTO provides travel and accommodation support for Australian/New Zealand university users (AINSE member universities only). Other users will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation, but Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering may make bookings at Stevens Hall for them.  



Co-authorship and Acknowledgement


Most non-proprietary research using our facilities will likely be collaborative, and we expect co-authorship for one or more of our staff on any resulting publications.


Some non-proprietary research may be "service" work, in the sense that there will be minimal support from our staff.  In general, the proposers should man the experiment fully and perform all data reduction and analysis themselves. In this case, all publications should still acknowledge the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering for making the neutron-beam facilities available.


For the first year that any given instrument operates in user mode, we would also expect that the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering instrument scientist would be a co-author, even on "service" proposals, in recognition of the his/her efforts in constructing and commissioning the instrument itself.