New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!

I was a bit busy yesterday doing a number of things, including publishing a new paper at The Open Journal of Astrophysics, but I didn’t get time to write a post about it until now. Anyway, here is how the new paper looks on the site:

The authors are Tom Kitching, Paniez Paykari and Mark Cropper of the Mullard Space Sciences Laboratory (of University College London) and Henk Hoekstra of Leiden Observatory.

You can find the accepted version on the arXiv here. This version was accepted after modifications requested by the referee and editor. Because this is an overlay journal the authors have to submit the accepted version to the arXiv (which we then check against the copy submitted to us) before publishing. We actually have a bunch of papers that we have accepted but are awaiting the appearance of the final version on the arXiv so we can validate it.

Anyway, this is another one for the `Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics’ folder. We would be happy to get more submissions from other areas of astrophysics. Hint! Hint!

P.S. Just a reminder that we now have an Open Journal of Astrophysics Facebook page where you can follow updates from the Journal should you wish..

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One Response to “New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!”

  1. A couple of comments on the OJA itself. First, perhaps the LaTeX template should be changed somewhat so that it doesn’t look so obviously based on the ApJ. Second, the elephant in the room hasn’t been addressed; this elephant might be keeping some people from submitting to the OJA: If overlay journals take off, the business model of many traditional journals will be threatened, and publication will cease. For many, this is actually one of the goals of open access. However, what will happen to the (many good) papers in such journals? Not everything is at arXiv; of the stuff that is, not always is the final version there; even if it is, it is not always clear whether it is. Those papers will be accessible only as paper copies, which most people don’t have access to, or if they have been archived at ADS. The journal websites will go away. (In some cases, even traditional journals are electronic only, so the only paper copies are those people have printed out.) But most of the newer stuff at ADS is not actually there, but is links to elsewhere (arXiv, the journal website, etc). Most of these journals own the copyright, so while the author might retain a non-exclusive right to distribute it, this won’t always happen (not enough time, can’t be bothered, dead, etc), and in any case one would want to have a central, organized source. This won’t be possible for copyright reasons. Even if the journals cease publication, most of the publishers will probably survive, and will probably do all in their power to prevent unauthorized distribution.

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