Jornada Research Authorization and Documentation Forms

Policies for conducting research at the Jornada Experimental Range (JER) as an investigator, postdoc, student, collaborator, or staff researcher are described below. JER coordinates closely with the Jornada Basin LTER (JRN) and the two share similar research policies. See the JRN research policy here.

For NEW researchers:

  • If you would like to start a new research project at the JER, 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.

For approved projects:

There are 2 general requirements for JER researchers:

  1. Data submission
    • All JER researchers are participants in the USDA LTAR Network and are therefore required to submit their research data and metadata in accordance with the LTAR Data Policy. We require all JER researchers to submit data and metadata yearly to our research data archive. We publish this data in LTAR-approved data repositories at the time research results are peer-reviewed and published, or no later than 2 years after collection. Delays to this process are only permitted when explicity approved by JER's USDA leadership.
    • 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.
    • Download the Jornada Metadata Template (MS Word .docx format)
    • Send as an email attachment to
    • The JER Information Management team will gladly assist with data archiving and publishing. Metadata templates and other resources for data providers and users can be found at the Jornada-IM website.
  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


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