The documentation below contains general information on preparation of manuscripts using the AASTeX macros. If you are preparing a manuscript for submission to the AJ, ApJ, PASP, or other journal that accepts AASTeX manuscripts, please consult the instructions to authors for the journal for specific manuscript preparation guidelines and submissions instructions.
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) has developed a markup package to assist authors in preparing manuscripts intended for submission to AAS-affiliated journals, as well as to other journals that will accept AASTeX manuscripts. .
Figure set are a new way of displaying large numbers of online-only figures.
To aid organizations in obtaining information on the effectiveness of their telescopes, the AAS has created a vocabulary of facility keywords for telescope facilities for use in journal articles. The use of a common set of facility keywords across astronomical publications will make searches for telescopes significantly easier and more accurate. In addition, the facility keywords will be useful for linking papers that use the same telescopes together within the framework of the National Virtual Observatory.
This is an extended readme documenting my effort to get the AASTeX package to work with the OzTeX/Alpha system for the Mac.
Printing is different from typewriting, and TeX is different from other word processing tools. This file consists of reminders about things that require special attention so that TeX can format the input properly.
AASTeX is available for the preparation of electronic manuscripts. The current version of the package requires LaTeX 2e.
The AASTeX package contains a collection of assorted macros for commonly-used astronomical symbols and abbreviations.
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.
In partnership with the Simbad service of the Centre de Donnees astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) and the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the AAS now permits authors to include individual object links in in their papers. These links will be paired: those from the electronic edition out to the data centers via object links in the articles, and those from the data centers back to the journals on a per-article basis showing all the objects referenced in a given paper.
See the papers below from the 2004 September issue of the The Astrophysical Journal Supplement for examples of data set linking used in the electronic journal.
Here are some tips to help you create valid \dataset links for times when the ADS name resolver doesn't recognize your submitted IDs.
Data set tagging should be used when you want to place a link in a paper to a data set hosted by a participating data center. In general, this would be the raw or pipeline-reduced data. Data that have been processed futher through specialized reduction software or other means can be included in the paper as supplementary material. Supplementary material data may be submitted in various formats, including FITS files.
The AASTeX macro “\dataset” may be used anywhere in your AASTeX paper but tags in the acknowledgments and footnotes are discouraged. If your paper has just a few data sets, place the data set commands in the main text of the paper. The most logical place to include them would usually be in an early section describing the observations underlying the paper. When the number of data sets is large, you should place them in a table with a separate column reserved for the data set identifiers.
The table below lists the data centers that are currently participating in the data set linking project. Information provided by the data centers on how to use their data set IDs is provided via the links associated with the center's name. This page will periodically be updated as the data centers provide more information about their current status.
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.
AASTeX allows authors to Patrick Daly's
natbib package to manage citations. The
natbib package re-implements LaTeX's
\cite command, and offers greater flexibility for managing citations in the author-year form.
At this time, the most widely used means of including figures or other types of non-textual data in electronic manuscripts is to generate such files as Encapsulated PostScript (EPS).