New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!

Yesterday we published another new paper at The Open Journal of Astrophysics. Here is a grab of the overlay:

The authors are Katarina MarKovic (now of JPL in California), Benjamin Bose (of the University of Geneva) and Alkistis Pourtsidou (Queen Mary, University of London).

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 2 on the arXiv is the accepted version.

I’d like to apologize to the authors for a delay in publishing this paper. It was ready to go a couple of weeks ago, but we had some trouble with an extension to the platform provided by Scholastica which was intended to register Digital Object Identifiers automatically and thus speed up the process. Unfortunately we found some bugs in, and other problems with, the new software and in the end have given up and reverted to the old manual registration process. Hopefully Scholastica will be able to offer a working system for DOI registration before too long.

Anyway, you will see that this is one for the `Cosmology and Nongalactic Astrophysics’ 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 so wish..

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

  1. “and this speed up the process”

    Yes, it do. 🙂

    this —> thus

    • I’m not Peter, but I’d say it looks interesting at first glance. I’ll wait until it has been refereed…wait, it is for RNAAS; will that be refereed at all?


      Research Notes of the AAS is non-peer reviewed, indexed and secure record of works in progress, comments and clarifications, null results, or timely reports of observations in astronomy and astrophysics. Research Notes are moderated but not edited, which allows them to be rapidly published online within days of acceptance. The brief articles published in RNAAS are searchable in ADS and fully citable, and they are archived for perpetuity.

      Nevertheless, the concept makes sense. Presumably further studies should cite this note.

    • I find it a bit strange that they are talking about 5% discrepancies in the Hubble constant, but are happy to use a series expansion for the luminosity distance which is correct within 7%, and that they think that this approximation is quite accurate.

      It does make sense to fix the absolute magnitude, and the cosmological parameters, so that the effect of errors in redshift measurements can be examined, but in that case why use an approximation for the luminosity distance, especially one which is less accurate the higher the redshift?

      I do think it is nice to see the jerk, though, as one doesn’t encounter it too often in the literature. (By the way, the next-higher derivatives are snap, crackle, and pop. Really.)

  2. It is definitely worth reading one of the papers they cite. This might actually be the answer to the “tension” in the Hubble constant. As is the case with other papers by Davis I have read, it is well written, to the point, explains clearly things many other people get wrong, has nice diagrams, and so on. Recommended!

    Readers of my book reviews will know that one of my pet peeves is missing hyphens in two-word adjectives. As such, I was amused at the (unintentional?) humour of “is often seen in peculiar velocity papers.” 🙂

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