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Data Set Linking

In partnership with the NASA Astronomical Data System (ADS) and several NASA data centers, the AAS has a new project to allow authors to tag data sets from participating data centers in their papers using the AASTeX “\dataset” macro. Data sets tagged with the “\dataset” macro will appear in the electronic edition linked to a name resolver at ADS that will take readers to the data sets themselves. The extra time required of authors to determine data set identifiers and tag them appropriately in their articles will have numerous and far-reaching benefits:

  • Readers will get immediate access to the data used in the paper.
  • Data centers will be able to quickly and efficiently construct links from the data back to the electronic journal papers allowing researchers a seamless transition between the electronic journals and the data centers
  • Papers with these tags will have a higher visibility to readers and researchers. Greater visibility means these authors are more likely to be read and cited.

Authors of AAS journals are welcome to tag individual data sets from participating data centers in their papers. To take advantange of data set linking, authors first need to get the unique identifier for each of their data sets. These identifiers take the form “ADS/FacilityId#PrivateId” where FacilityId is the facility acronym and PrivateId is the identifier given to each data set by the facility archive. The participating data centers have different ways of providing these identifiers. Further information on the current list of participating data centers and their data set linking resources can be found on the Participating Data Centers page. See Formatting Data Sets in AAS Journals for instructions on how to tag data sets in AASTeX.

Identifiers included in accepted manuscripts will be verified during copy editing with the ADS resolver tool. Accompanying text may be edited for clarity. Authors will have an opportunity during the editing process to correct unresolved identifiers or add clarifying text. Identifiers that do not resolve at ADS will not be linked in the electronic edition.