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AASTeX Tag Definition: Relates to AASTeX manuscript mark-up language.

AASTeX Documentation

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.

Data Behind the Figures

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.

Large Figure Sets

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.

Data Set Linking

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.

Placing Object Links in the AAS Journals

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.

Introduction to Object Linking

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.

Data Set Linking vs. Supplementary Materials in the Electronic Journals

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.

Formatting Data Sets in AAS Submissions

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.

Participating Data Centers

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.


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