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Guidelines for Contributors
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Jacob Noel-Storr, Rochester Institute of Technology

Gina Brissenden, University of Arizona

SPARK publishes original articles on astronomy education about or related to the education programs and activities of the American Astronomical Society and its members. Reading previous issues will give you an idea of the types of articles that appear in the Newsletter. Opinion pieces, reviews, letters to the editor, newsworthy items are all welcome, subject to the guidelines below.

Unsolicited Contributions:

Please contact the editors at and gbrissenden@as.arizona.eduwith a brief description of your proposed contribution. If accepted, the editors will let you know an appropriate length and format.

All articles: Graphics and Images:

Grayscale images will be considered for inclusion, a JPEG format file of the suggested contribution should be sent to the editors for consideration. If accepted a TIFF image will be preferred for editing and inclusion in the final newsletter.

News Items from Divisions and Committees:

News from Divisions and Committees should be limited to approximately two paragraphs, or about 100-150 words. The submissions must be received from individuals who are identifiable as Chairs or Education Representatives of the committees and divisions in question. Microsoft Word .doc files, or plain text .txt files are welcome. Submissions should be made by email, including the name of the division or committee.

Solicited Articles:

The editors will inform authors of the suggested word or page length (pages are approximately 400 words) and the deadline by which the article is needed. Submissions are preferred in Microsoft Word format(.doc). AASTeX formatted and plain text articles are also acceptable. AASTeX articles should be accompanied by a .pdf file to allow for format checking.

The article text should start with the article title followed by the author(s)' name(s) and affiliation(s).

Authors who expect particular formatting or layout should note that the article will be re-set in Palatino Linotype font and re-spaced. Authors should limit formatting to the use of underlining, italicization and/or bold face for emphasis. If symbols or bulleted lists are used, please alert the editors to this fact so that they are preserved in the final version. References, when appropriate, may be included following AAS journal guidelines.

Any figures or images should be included as separate files and follow the guidelines on images as above.

Authors should also provide in a separate file a grayscale headshot photograph of themselves with a length 1.5 x the width, and at least 100 by 150 pixels (all major graphic formats are acceptable), if a grayscale headshot is not available, authors should submit any other photograph, color or grayscale from which the editors will be able to extract a 100 x 150 pixel image of the author.

Authors are expected to be members (any category, including Junior, Associate and International Affiliate) of the American Astronomical Society at the time of publication.

The article and accompanying files should be submitted via email to both of the editors at and