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Placing Object Links in the AAS Journals

Object tags in your paper

Authors may use the AASTeX macros “\object” or “\objectname” to tag objects anywhere in the main body of their LaTeX papers. Tags in the title, abstract or subject headings are not allowed. To minimize possible clutter of object links in the text, only the first instance of an object name in the paper will be presented as a link in the electronic edition. For just a few object tags, authors may place them in the main text of a paper. When the number of objects becomes large, the best place to provide them is in a table.

The \object or \objectname macros

Authors can provide links to NED and/or Simbad objects via either the “\object{}” or “\objectname{}” commands in AASTeX. These macros can be used in two different ways, either with a single argument or with two arguments.

In the single argument form,

\object{recognized name},

the argument recognized name should be an object name recognized by NED and/or Simbad. This name will be verified during copy editing and will serve as the link in the electronic edition.

In cases where authors would like the link anchor to be some text other than the name of the object, two arguments can be used,

\object[recognized name]{text}.

Again, recognized name is the NED and/or Simbad object name, which will be checked during copy editing. The text inside thecurly braces will serve as the link in the text. The two-argument form may be usedin cases where the recognized name is not the same as what the author wantsprinted. For example, an author might supply in LaTeX \object[HD 172167]{Vega}. Here,the argument in square brackets contains the name of the object to be verified by theSesame resolver, “HD 172167.” The word “Vega” will appear in print and will be linkedin the electronic edition to the HD 172167 object information available at NED and Simbad.