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Can I make changes to my paper immediately after the paper is accepted and before the copy editing begins?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:27 -- CBIEMES

That depends on the number of changes you need to make. If it is only a few minor corrections then you should wait until you are contacted by the copy editor or when you receive the proofs. If the changes are extensive, contact the editorial offices so that the paper can be pulled from its assigned issue. The revised paper will have to be sent to the scientific editor to review the changes. Once the changes are accepted, the paper will be assigned to another issue.

What is CMYK and why do I have to submit figures in that color scheme for the print edition?

Thu, 2012-08-16 17:25 -- CBIEMES

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Most computer-generated figure files are created using the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which is used for devices, such as computer monitors, that create color with light. The CMYK system uses the 4 process colors used in printing, and is therefore the necessary format for figure files to be used for printing.

Program extracts any number of columns (and in any order) out of a machine readable table using the information in the metaheader. The program can be used to create a new table from the original machine-readable table that is Tab delimited and thus easily read into spreadsheet programs like EXCEL. The options flags that are Currently available are:


  • -c#,#,#,...,# : which extracts out the columns numbers given after the -c flag. Each column number needs to be separated by a comma


Given a machine readable table name and optionally
column numbers, this FUNCTION reads the format information in the
meta-header and outputs a IDL function containing either the
complete table or only the requested columns.


data = read_fmr(filename)


filename [STRING]: the name of the file containing the machine
readable table. If filename is missing a dialog to select the
filename will be presented


Program plots and extracts two columns from a given machine readable table file by using the information in the meta-data header. The output is the information from each column saved in two arrays.

Machine Readable Tables in the AAS journals

The continual expansion of capabilities in electronic publishing are now allowing us to expand our abilities to publish machine-readable tables as part of our on-line journals. We now have expanded these capabilities, by producing and posting standard format, machine-readable versions of long tables. Unlike the normal ASCII tables which only contain the raw, tab delimitted data, these machine readable tables are formatted in a standard way so that the information can be easily read into a computer.