In the latest installment from the AAS Career Profiles series, cosponsored by the CSWA and Committee on Employment, Dr. Monica Young traces her evolution from research astronomer to website editor for Sky & Telescope magazine.
There have always been data in the journals, in the form of tables and images. Much of the data that the journals handle is explicitly tabular, and is therefore easy to exchange and manage using the wide array of mature systems available to the community. The AAS journals are pleased to accept this data, with the proviso that the journals are not data centers, so large data sets should be submitted to a suitable data repository and referred to from articles.
The AAS journals now offers the option of publishing large sets of online-only figures in the electronic edition. For a recent example, see the Figure Set in the paper by Tommasin et al. in the The Astrophysical Journal. To facilitate submission of these large figure sets, the AAS has created a set of macros that should be used for marking up the figure set file name, caption, and label information in AASTeX. See the Figure Set documentation for more information.
In partnership with the NASA Astronomical Data Service (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. See the Data Set Linking page for more information.
President Debra Elmegreen presented oral testimony on behalf of all AAS members at a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on March 22, 2012.