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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #43 9/97
 

CONTENTS

  1. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
  2. SOLICITING APJ SCIENTIFIC EDITORS
  3. RAPID PUBLICATION OF APJ LETTERS
  4. ANNOUNCING NEW AXAF FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
  5. NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM DEADLINES FOR PROPOSALS - FY 1998
  6. NEW PROCEDURES FOR PROPOSALS AT NOAO'S NIGHTTIME TELESCOPES
  7. NASA DRAFT ANNOUNCEMENT - UNIVERSITY-CLASS EXPLORER PROGRAM

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1. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Dear Members,

On 6 August, I received a letter from Dr. Paul C. Joss, Editor-inChief-Elect of The Astrophysical Journal, stating:

"For family-related reasons, I must tender my resignation as Editor-in-Chief-Elect of The Astrophysical Journal. I do so with deepest regret. However, at this time in my life, I must give my highest priority to the welfare of my children. I stand ready to work with the American Astronomical Society in order to minimize any negative impact that my resignation may have on the society."

I regret that this is necessary, but I understand Dr. Joss' reasons for so doing, and I have accepted his resignation. As a result, the transition of the Editorial Office from Tucson to MIT has been canceled. Dr. Helmut Abt has generously agreed to continue his service as Editor-in-Chief of the ApJ while the AAS conducts a search for a new Editor-in-Chief, and also to advise us in that search.

The AAS Publications Board, with Dr. Robert Hanisch as Chair, will take up the planning for the new search at its fall meeting, and report to the Council in Washington. An announcement of the process for this search and a request for applications by or nominations of candidates for the position will follow shortly thereafter.

The AAS is working with Dr. Joss and with Dr. Susan Kleinmann, who was the Associate Editor-Designate, to minimize costs to the AAS and to make future use of the developments accomplished to date for operations of the editorial office.

Andrea Dupree

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2. SOLICITING APJ SCIENTIFIC EDITORS

In Electronic Notification #41 the AAS solicited applications for Scientific Editors of The Astrophysical Journal. This solicitation is still in effect, however with the resignation of the prospective Editor-in-Chief, there is a change in procedure for application.

Interested persons are requested to submit applications by e-mail to Bob Hanisch, Chair of the AAS Publications Board at hanisch@stsci.edu. Applications should include the following:

o Cover letter describing the reasons for your interest in the position, qualifications (including any previous editorial experience), research areas in which your expertise is strongest and in which you would prefer to edit papers, and willingness to take on the requisite workload (handling 2-4 new manuscripts per  week)

o CV and bibliography

o Letter of endorsement from department chair or appropriate representative of the university/organization expressing support for the applicant to take on the responsibilities of a Scientific Editor.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates with expertise in the following areas:

cosmology and the early universe;
galaxies and clusters of galaxies;
gamma-ray astronomy;
the interstellar medium;
atomic and molecular processes;
solar physics;
planetary physics; and
solar system astrophysics.

Applications should be received not later than 15 October 1997 for consideration at the 1997 meeting of the AAS Publications Board.

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3. RAPID PUBLICATION OF ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL LETTERS

Starting with the 1 October issue of the electronic Astrophysical Journal Letters (Part 2 of the Journal) we will be aiming at electronic publication within two weeks after acceptance of the paper. The present paper schedule is 11 weeks between acceptance and the cover date of the published issue.

Beginning September 3rd, with the 10 October issue, individual ApJ Letters are being published online one by one, as they are finished, before the entire issue is ready for the publication on paper. To avoid major discontinuities, the publication process will be accelerated gradually during the next 6 weeks until we are posting articles within two weeks of acceptance.

You can find the new rapid release ApJ Letters by following the link from
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/

The rapid electronic versions of the Letters are complete in every way, they only lack page numbers. As a matter of AAS policy, no changes will be allowed after the initial posting. The article is considered to be "published" as of the date of first posting to the web; that date will be printed on the article after the received and accepted dates.  The article that is printed in the paper edition will match the version posted online exactly, save only for the addition of page numbers.

We anticipate that the time between the first posting of the first article of an issue and the reposting of the entire paginated issue will be no more than 20 days. If it is necessary to cite one of these letters during that period, we urge that it be cited as "to appear in the issue of . . . "

The University of Chicago Press, one of the world's leading electronic publishers, has instituted a new publication process designed to take full advantage of the electronic environment, while still retaining the high quality of copy editing and typography characteristic of the paper journal. The new electronic process will retain all the navigational aids, extensive external links to references and citations and links,
and convenient multiple formats which the readers have received so enthusiastically over the past two years of electronic publication.

Moreover, the AAS and the UC Press remain committed to managing the electronic archive of the AAS journals so as to ensure accessibility,
integrity, and functioning links into the foreseeable future.

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4. ANNOUNCING NEW AXAF FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Deadline: 14 November 1997

The Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF) Science Center announces the establishment of the AXAF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program with funding through Marshall Space Flight Center, in cooperation with host institutions throughout the United States. The primary objective of the Program is to provide opportunities for postdoctoral research on problems that are broadly related to the scientific mission of AXAF (to be launched in August, 1998).

Further details are available on the web at:

http://asc.harvard.edu/fellows/AXAF_fellow.html

and will be published in the October AAS Job Register.

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5. NSF DIVISION OF ASTRONOMICAL SCIENCES PROGRAM DEADLINES FOR PROPOSALS - FY 1998
Jim Wright

Check the Astronomy Web Site: http://www.nsf.gov/mps/ast
Proposals Must be Received at NSF by the Deadline Date

Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology (EXC)
3 November 1997
S. Howard 703-306-1827, showard@nsf.gov

Galactic Astronomy (GAL)
1 October 1997
V. Pankonin 703-306-1826, vpankoni@nsf.gov

Planetary Astronomy (PLA)
15 October 1997
V. Pankonin 703-306-1826, vpankoni@nsf.gov

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
REU Sites - 15 September 1997
REU Supplements - Anytime, Request early
J. Wright 703-306-1819, jwright@nsf.gov

Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
Use disciplinary deadlines (EXC, GAL, etc.)
J. Wright 703-306-1819, jwright@nsf.gov

Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE)
Visiting Professor, Visiting Researcher, Research/Educational Enhancement, and Supplements: Check the NSF Web at "Crosscutting."
NSF Wide Deadline: FY 1998, 9 December 1997, Publication NSF 97-91 (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9791)
FY 1998 POWRE Supplements Only, On or Before 17 February 1998
J. Wright 703-306-1819, jwright@nsf.gov

Underrepresented Minorities Programs
Research Planning Grants (RPG) - 15 January 1998
Career Advancement Awards (CAA) - 15 January 1998
J. Wright 703-306-1819, jwright@nsf.gov
The new Grant Proposal Guide (GPG), NSF 98-2, is now available.
The new NSF criteria for reviewing proposals are in the new GPG.
Copies may be ordered from "pubs@nsf.gov," telephoning 301-947-2722, or one may look it up on the NSF Web site at "http://www.nsf.gov/."

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6. NEW PROCEDURES FOR PROPOSALS AT NOAO'S NIGHTTIME TELESCOPES
Caty Pilachowski

Beginning with proposals for telescope time during the first semester of 1998 (proposals due 30 September 1997), NOAO is soliciting proposals for CTIO and KPNO using a uniform process and proposal form. Rather than submitting proposals to individual sites, proposals should be submitted to NOAO directly, using either our new Web proposal form or the new LaTeX template.

Proposals for telescope time at facilities available through NOAO can now be submitted via the World Wide Web at

http://www.noao.edu/noaoprop/

This page has links to access information about the proposal submission process as well as links to the form itself.

Users who prefer to use the original LaTeX template can find new proposal materials by ftp to ftp.noao.edu (cd noaoprop) or by sending email to noaoprop-request@noao.edu. We appreciate your cooperation in obtaining the new forms rather than using the older, site specific templates. WIYN proposals must use the new forms, which include the target tables needed for queue operations.

If you have questions about submitting proposals for time on NOAO's nighttime telescopes, you can obtain help by sending email to noaoprop-help@noao.edu.

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7. NASA DRAFT ANNOUNCEMENT - UNIVERSITY-CLASS EXPLORER PROGRAM
Comment Due: 19 September 1997

NASA intends to select two University-class Explorers to launch by the end of 2000. A Mission of Opportunity may also be selected. The draft announcement is posted at:

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss/osshome.htm

Comments, kept in confidence, may be submitted to Ms. Cindy Daniels, c.l.daniels@larc.nasa.gov.

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