New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!

Just before I went off on my break I published another new paper at The Open Journal of Astrophysics, but I didn’t get time to write a post about before going on leave. In fact I completed the publication process using a WIFI connection in the departure lounge at Dublin Airport!


The authors are Miguel Aragon Calvo of Instituto de Astronomía at UNAM in Ensenada, Mexico , Mark Neyrinck of the University of the Basque Country and Joseph Silk – yes, that Joseph Silk! – of the Institut dAstrophysique de Paris Université Pierre et Marie Curie. If the Open Journal project is to succeed we need to get some big names submitting papers, and there aren’t many bigger than Joe Silk so I’m very glad to see him among the author list.

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; version 3 on the arXiv is the accepted version.

You will see that this is  one for the `Astrophysics of Galaxies’ folder. We would be happy to get more submissions from other areas, especially Stellar and Planetary 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..

8 Responses to “New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!”

  1. Bo Milvang-Jensen Says:

    The primary arXiv category of the paper is Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA), so I’m not sure how your folders work 🙂

    • telescoper Says:

      I just classified it myself. It seemed obviously a cosmology paper! Anyway, well spotted. I’ve changed it now.

  2. Congrats on getting some big names in the journal. I am thinking of something to submit here as well (but will certainly be in the Astrophysics of Galaxies category).

  3. “If the Open Journal project is to succeed we need to get some big names submitting papers, and there aren’t many bigger than Joe Silk so I’m very glad to see him among the author list.”

    Yes, good development. Budding researchers should be able to now use the “if it’s good enough for Joe, it should be good enough for you” argument with respect to how their papers are evaluated. However, there are still some big names on editorial boards of crackpot journals. In some cases, they might be there without the knowledge of those involved, which is probably a criminal offence somewhere. I realize that the big names might have better things to do than filing cease-and-desist measures, but until that happens, it might be difficult for some to differentiate the wheat from the chaff. In some cases, the big names are on the boards with their knowledge—they might or not be aware that the journal is crackpot, but don’t worry about it, or accept the payment, or whatever. What is really bad is when big names (I won’t mention any, but you know who you are—extra points if you own up here in the comments box!) publish stuff in obviously crackpot journals. In such cases, it’s not that they can’t publish elsewhere. Rather, these tend to be recycled guest contributions for special issues or whatever. Of course the intention is to blur the line.

    • I should note, however, that it wouldn’t be beyond some crackpot journals to publish an article by a big name without said name even knowing about it, with the text either invented or recycled from elsewhere by the journal.

  4. I think that some people who might be hesitant to publish in the OJA and similar journals are worried that if such journals are successful, then the content of traditional journals might become unavailable, perhaps forever. Does anyone have any plans to solve this problem?

    • telescoper Says:

      I honestly can’t imagine why you think this is at all likely.

      • If it’s not likely, then the OJA and similar journals might continue to exist, as a niche market, but will fail in their goal of displacing the traditional journals.

        Or do you mean that it is not likely that the content would disappear if the journals are no longer profitable?

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