The Open Journal of Astrophysics – Update

Well, it was a bit fiddly importing the legacy papers from the earlier version of the Open Journal of Astrophysics website to the new platform, but I managed to do it this afternoon as planned. The result looks rather nice, I think,

The only things left to do now are (a) to train the members of the Editorial Board on how to handle the workflow through the journal site and (b) to open up for submission of new papers. Both these steps should be trivial so we’re definitely entering the final stages of this project. There is  an event at Maynooth University Library next Tuesday afternoon at which I am doing a talk about Open Science. This will represent the official launch of the Open Journal of Astrophysics.

All we will need then is for people to submit some papers!

 

 

17 Responses to “The Open Journal of Astrophysics – Update”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    This would be the “good news” to which you referred about a month ago here? If so then it certainly is. I wish OJA every success.

  2. Normally when I click the RSS symbol I get a dialog box where, if desired, I can change the name, then it gets automatically put into LiveClick on firefox. Almost all RSS feeds, including that from WordPress, work like this. It would be nice if the OJA feed worked like this as well.

    • telescoper Says:

      I didn’t even realize there was an RSS feed! I may be able to alter it when I figure it out.

      • Without RSS feeds, the modern web would be much less useful!

        Presumably the journal will have only papers, not comments, so you don’t need a separate feed for comments. 😐

  3. At least as an option, there should be a compact list, just author(s) (perhaps an automatically abbreviated list if there are many) and title, with links of course, but no pictures.

  4. What’s the status of the LaTeX class? It would be nice if it is stable before the journal goes live.

    Also, even if it is not illegal, it would make a better impression if it is not so obviously based on the ApJ.

    • telescoper Says:

      Thanks for reminding me that I need to include a link to the new Latex template before we open for submissions!

      • Without RSS feeds, the modern web would be much less useful!

        Presumably the journal will have only papers, not comments, so you don’t need a separate feed for comments. 😐

      • If not the case already, I think that it should be a requirement that submissions properly use the template. A journal does need its own look and feel.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Phillip, one of the iniquitous things about paper publishers is that they got us to do our own typesetting as soon as that went electronic (and still jacked their prices up). No more!

      • My experience is that if I can actually do my own typesetting then it is less work. What often happens is that one uses the LaTeX template and submits the source and/or a PDF file, but after that the actual production is done in another system, at least for some journals, perhaps even being re-keyed rather than converted automatically. This usually introduces new errors.

        Are you suggesting that a) the OJA should accept manuscripts in any form, such as a PDF produced from a scan of something written in longhand (or shorthand)? Typewriter with symbols etc inserted by hand (some professional astronomers still write this way, but have secretaries)? Any old style as long as it is in (La)TeX?

        I don’t think that the OJA plans to do typesetting or even language editing.

      • telescoper Says:

        We will accept submission via the arXiv in any format, but the final published version must be in our Latex style.

      • telescoper Says:

        P.S. We will not undertake copy-editing for authors but will not accept papers written in very poor English. We will refer any papers in that state to a third-party company (:-))for copy-editing at the authors’ expense if a paper seems interesting but needs a lot of work to bring it into shape.

      • “We will accept submission via the arXiv in any format, but the final published version must be in our Latex style.”

        That is a hugely sensible decision! May the Great Bird of the Galaxy roost on your planet!

      • “We will refer any papers in that state to a third-party company”

        Again a sensible decision. Presumably you will offer a choice of providers. 😐

        What about house style? I don’t mean stuff like using “that” when Americans would use “this” or spelling, though a uniform format would be nice. I mean stuff like distinguishing “universe” from “Universe”, “galaxy” from “Galaxy”, and so on.

        It should also be a requirement a) to use BibTeX and b) to use the journal’s bibliography style.

      • Anton Garrett Says:

        Why must there be a house style if everybody knows what the author means?

      • How does one know that everyone knows?

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