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Why have you closed up "multicell" but not "single-cell"?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:38 -- CBIEMES

AAS journalsclose up dependent prefixes (non-, ultra-, sub-, super-, multi-, etc.) Multi- is a dependent prefix (you cannot say "the cell is multi"), and so is closed up. But "single" is not a dependent prefix; it is normal adjective (you can say "the cell is single"), and so the proper form is a hyphenated compound adjective, single-cell.

Why does "early-type" have a hyphen in some places but not in others? Shouldn't this be consistent?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:37 -- CBIEMES

Compound terms such as "early type," "V band," and "intermediate redshift" are hyphenated when they are used as adjectives (as in "many early-type stars were seen in intermediate-redshift V-band observations") but open as nouns ("we find many early types at intermediate redshifts in the V band"), following conventional English style for compound nouns and adjectives.

I was always taught not to split infinitives. Yet the copyeditor changed my "to confirm empirically the result" to "to empirically confirm the result.. Isn't that wrong?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:32 -- CBIEMES

Split infinitives are an old chimaera of English grammar. Actually, it is not true that it is illegal to split infinitives in English. To quote the Chicago Manual of Style , "Although from about 1850 to 1925 many grammarians stated otherwise, it is now widely acknowledged that adverbs sometimes justifiably separate the "to" from the principal verb." (5.106) ApJ , as a modern journal, is happy to concur.

Is physics singular or plural? For example, in the sentence "The uncertain physics of convective and circulatory flows need/needs to be addressed" should the verb properly be "need" or "needs"?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:31 -- CBIEMES

Physics, while plural in derivation, is generally construed as a singular noun except when referring to several "physics" (i.e., two or more different systems of physics). In this sentence, where the meaning is "uncertainty in the field of physics," the singular form "needs" would be correct.

When I checked my proofs I discovered that some changes to a table are required. The table also has a machine-readable component associated with it for the electronic edition. How do I make sure that the machine-readable table gets corrected?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:30 -- CBIEMES

Correct the proof as you normally would but also contact Dr. Greg Schwarz with the details of the table changes when you return proofs to the Press

Can I make changes to my paper immediately after the paper is accepted and before the copy editing begins?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:27 -- CBIEMES

That depends on the number of changes you need to make. If it is only a few minor corrections then you should wait until you are contacted by the copy editor or when you receive the proofs. If the changes are extensive, contact the editorial offices so that the paper can be pulled from its assigned issue. The revised paper will have to be sent to the scientific editor to review the changes. Once the changes are accepted, the paper will be assigned to another issue.

What is CMYK and why do I have to submit figures in that color scheme for the print edition?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:25 -- CBIEMES

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Most computer-generated figure files are created using the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which is used for devices, such as computer monitors, that create color with light. The CMYK system uses the 4 process colors used in printing, and is therefore the necessary format for figure files to be used for printing.

Gerald E. Kron (1913 - 2012)

Gerald Edward Kron ("Gerry") pursued high-precision photometry with photoelectric instrumentation of his design, primarily of variable stars and star clusters, aimed at advancing the field of stellar populations and interstellar reddening.  He worked at Lick Observatory, at the Flagstaff Station of the US Naval Observatory, and at Mt. Stromlo.

AAS Announces New Topical Conference Series

AAS Announces New Topical Conference Series

The AAS is pleased to announce a new Topical Conference Series that will begin in late July and August of 2013, with proposals for possible conferences due June 1, 2012. The AAS vice presidents will competitively select three proposals for conferences in 2013 and may select more for future years.

The AAS Topical Conference Series, or AASTCS, (pronounced "aztecs"), will be composed of cutting-edge topical meetings representing frontier research in astronomy and astrophysics, planetary science, heliophysics or related scientific areas and provide an enjoyable venue to interact at depth with colleagues and fellow researchers. Attractive locations will be a feature of these conferences and we anticipate the first conferences will be held in a comfortable mountain setting with ample opportunity for recreation outside of the set meeting times.

See AASTCS page for further details.

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