The Open Journal is Open for Submissions Again!

I have now finished moving the Open Journal of Astrophysics onto the new Scholastica platform, and it is now open again for submissions! It has taken a lot longer to get to this point than I thought it would when I first proposed the Open Journal of Astrophysics way back in 2012 but better late than never!

Full instructions for authors can be found here. It is there that you will find the `submit’ button shown above, which will take you to a form through which you can upload your paper. All you need to do is upload a few details and the arXiv ID of your paper and we’ll take it from there.

The membership of the Editorial Board is listed here.

The papers published so far can be found here.

Oh, and there’s a blog that will include topical posts about matters astrophysical here.

In a nutshell, any paper that’s suitable for the astro-ph section of the arXiv can be submitted to the Open Journal of Astrophysics. We will consider any `traditional’ papers as well as others which may find it difficult to publish in other journals, such as papers on astrophysics education and outreach, or technical papers relating to instrumentation, mission proposals, and other documents.

Well, that’s about it. I just remains for me to thank all the people without whom this project would never have got off the ground, chiefly Chris Lintott, Arfon Smith and Adam Becker, developers Stuart Lynn and Marc Rohloff, Fiona Morley and the team at Maynooth University Library, and of course the good folk of the wonderful arXiv!

19 Responses to “The Open Journal is Open for Submissions Again!”

  1. “It has taken a lot longer to get to this point than I thought it would when I first proposed the Open Journal of Astrophysics way back in 2012”

    Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law..

    P.S. Note that I have corrected a typo in the quote above!

  2. The link on the OJA page to the LaTeX style file still goes to the old site.

  3. “We will consider any `traditional’ papers as well as others which may find it difficult to publish in other journals, such as papers on astrophysics education and outreach, or technical papers relating to instrumentation, mission proposals, and other documents.”

    Good!

    Hopefully you can find room for the “philosophy of cosmology” articles such as those the sadly defunct QJRAS used to publish. Similar stuff, by some of the same authors, now shows up in, for example, Foundations of Physics.

    • Dig the contents of this monster special issue (the current one). Some highlights:

      “The Big Bang and its Dark-Matter Content: Whence, Whither, and Wherefore”
      by Roger Penrose

      “The Standard Cosmological Model: Achievements and Issues”
      by George Ellis

      “On the Problem of Initial Conditions for Inflation”
      by Andrei Linde

      “ΛCDM: Much More Than We Expected, but Now Less Than What We Want”
      by Michael S. Turner

      “From the Sky to the Fundamental Physics”
      by Renata Kallosh

      “Towards the Limits of Cosmology”
      by Joseph Silk

      “Georges Lemaître, Pioneer of Modern Theoretical Cosmology”
      by Helge Kragh

      I hope that the OJA will be a good home for articles of this ilk.

      (I haven’t checked which of the above are at arXiv. Is everything worth reading there, at least in cosmology?)

  4. Anton Garrett Says:

    All good wishes for this superlatively worthwhile venture.

  5. I hope that the journal will be a success. The only real problem which might occur is that people without permanent jobs might be hesitant to publish in the OJA until it is clear that it counts as much as the established top journals in the field (MNRAS, A&A, A(p)J*, PR*, FoF, CQG, GRG, PASP, AN, PASA, etc). But as long a they don’t, it might not become clear that it does count as much. 😐 (Cue chickens and eggs.)

  6. What is the favicon? It’s not very recognizable. Is there a link to a bigger version?

  7. Some typos in the “for authors” page:

    We may accept review article on appropriate subjects if the Editorial Board feels that they make a useful contribution to the literature.

    we will add metadata (including the artice ID, acceptance, so that the accepted version can be posted to the arXiv

    abstract with a with a link

    Editors may thsemlves submit

  8. “Articles under consideration will already be in the public domain,”

    Most arXiv readers know what you mean, but is everything at arXiv in the public domain in a legal sense? I’m pretty sure that that is not the case. (In other words, “public domain” is a much stronger term than “publicly available”.)

  9. “we require the final version to be typeset in this format and the process is therefore simplified if you use this at the outset.”

    “However, the information that they have been submitted to The Open Journal of Astrophysics will be not be disclosed to anyone other than those involved in the evaluation process and in the administration of the journal.”

    I agree with the second point, which is perhaps a reason not to use the LaTeX package from the outset. (Good LaTeX code should of course compile with no changes with another style file.)

  10. Ben Maughan Says:

    Hi Peter,

    This comment is not intended for publication but is my final attempt to contact you about publishing in the OJA. I’ve sent a few emails to your Maynooth and old Cardiff accounts over the past few weeks without success. I have a paper I’d like to submit but the link to the style file is broken on the OJA site, and I had a question about handling online data. Please get in touch if you can, otherwise I’ll have to give up and submit to MNRAS!

    Thanks,
    Ben

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