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Why Publish?. and. the Editorial Process. Paula Szkody Editor, PASP. Publish or Perish !. Publish or Perish. Get rich and Famous ?. Only if you are George Abell or Carl Sagan!. Real Reasons to publish: Get info out to largest audience. Real Reasons to publish:

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Why Publish?

and

the Editorial Process

Paula Szkody

Editor, PASP

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Publish

or

Perish !

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Publish

or

Perish

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Get rich

and

Famous ?

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Real Reasons to publish:

  • Get info out to largest audience
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Real Reasons to publish:

  • Get info out to largest audience
  • Permanent record for future users
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Real Reasons to publish:

  • Get info out to largest audience
  • Permanent record for future users
  • Make contacts with community
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Where to publish:

  • JAAVSO (easy, no page charges)
  • Conference series (have to attend meeting)
  • Popular article (Sky & Tel, Sci American)
  • Information Bulletin on Variable Stars
  • Journal (ApJ, AJ, PASP, MNRAS) (page charges or UK member)
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The Editorial Process:

  • Accepting the Paper
  • Publishing the Paper
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Getting your paper accepted:

  • take good data
  • obtain a new result
  • write a correct paper (latex or Word)
  • submit to a journal (WPR)
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Submitting your paper:

http://mss.uchicago.edu (WPR)

http://mss.uchicago.edu/PASP/

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WPR converts to ps, pdf, posts on web

  • Editor chooses reviewer, sends request
  • Access sent to reviewer
  • Review arrives in 2-3 + weeks
  • Comments sent back to author
  • Author revises (1-2 months+), reposts to WPR
  • Access for revised sent to reviewer
  • Editor accepts, author puts on astro-ph
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Questions asked of reviewers:

  • Does the article contain significant new results/analysis?
  • Is the paper written with maximum conciseness?
  • Could the order of presentation or English be improved?
  • Do you have any comments or criticisms that would help the authors to improve the paper?
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UCP is notified paper is accepted for a journal

Data conversion

-data format for electronic archive

Figure preparation

-checked, sized, rotated

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Editing text

-copyeditor checks style, spelling, grammar, inserts links

Typesetting

-files sent to vendor, made into pages, proofs posted on web

Proofing

-author notes changes needed

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Electronic and Print Publication

  • pdf of proofs is sent to printer
  • -pdf and ps assembled for electronic edition

Paper appears on web and later in journal

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My recommendations:

  • be familiar with the literature
  • work in a collaborative effort
  • have several people read your paper prior to submission
  • don’t give or take reviews personally