New Publication at the Open Journal of Astrophysics!

It’s two in two days because we have published another new paper at The Open Journal of Astrophysics. The title is A Beginner’s Guide to working with Astronomical Data. Here is a grab of the overlay:

You can find the arXiv version of the paper here.

The author is Markus Pössel of the Haus der Astronomie at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg (Germany). This is a long paper – 71 pages with over a hundred figures – that gives a comprehensive introduction to the various kinds of astronomical data and techniques for working with such data. I think this paper will attract a lot of interest from many different kinds of people but it will be particularly interesting to students doing undergraduate projects involving astronomical data (and their supervisors).

Another point worth noting is that there’s a small addition to the overlay for this paper, which will apply to all future papers (and retrospectively once we have worked through the back catalogue) and that is in the bottom left of the image above. It shows that the article is published with the latest form of Creative Commons License (CC-BY-4.0). It has always been our policy to publish under a CC-BY licence but Scholastica have very helpfully set up a new facility to make this explicit on each page. This is part of our efforts to ensure that we are compliant with Plan S which makes CC-BY licenses mandatory.

UPDATE: the CC-BY-4.0 license has now been applied retrospectively to all our publications.


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

  1. telescoper Says:

    I understand there was quite an argument about the form of license required, but if you look at Scholastica’s implementation plan you will see that it assumes CC-BY 4.0 so that’s what we’ve done. I’ve got no objection at all to companies using scientific results for commercial purposes, as long as the science itself is in the public domain.

  2. telescoper Says:

    I do. More-or-less at random.

  3. telescoper Says:

    ADS assigns its own identifiers. Since we are online only we do not have pages or issues. Crossref is the system that ADS uses to track citations but this system really only needs the DOI.

    • telescoper Says:

      OJA includes the volume and issue in the metadata sent to Crossref. This is really just to help ADS. The only thing you really need to cite the paper is the DOI. It doesn’t matter if some Bibtex fields are empty. We don’t have page numbers for example, as do many other online journals.

    • telescoper Says:

      You don’t need to use the html form of the DOI. See here

      The point is though that crossref attaches citations to the DOI. For that purpose the other numbers are irrelevant, though they might be useful for other reasons.

    • telescoper Says:

      The first reason is that it we didn’t see the point as they are unnecessary.

      The second reason is that we are using a third-party platform with limited possibilities for customization and there is no field on the overlay page to display this information (probably because of the former reason).

      One thing I could easily do is add a sentence to our acceptance emails to give the Volume etc so that authors can put it in the Journal field on arXiv.

  4. Jonathan Thornburg Says:

    Congratulations on getting OJA running!

    But it would be nice to have a low-graphics non-Javascript variant of the website available.

    Looking at the website, I’m also struck by how difficult it is to read the each paper’s section & date on the front page — they’re white letters on an uneven light-grey background (e.g., the words “COSMOLOGY AND GALACTIC ASTROPHYSICS” and “January 07, 2020” in the OJA front-page entry for Phillip Helbig’s paper).

  5. For my recent paper, I see 2019OJAp….2E..12K in ADS. So presumably ADS is using some sort of its own numerical scheme for indexing OJA papers. inspirehep only reports the year.

    • telescoper Says:

      This is because the order in authors add their info to arXiv and are picked up by ADS is not necessarily the same as the order in which they are published oby OJA….

    • telescoper Says:

      Yes, the problem in that case is that the author did not update the field on arXiv promptly so it was assigned an article-ID out of sequence. ADS does assign its own IDs, presumably just in chronological order of receipt of the metadata.

      I am correspondence now with NASA/ADS to see if there’s a better way of getting papers indexed than relying on authors to put the metadata on arXiv.

      One possibility would be to have a direct feed to ADS from the OJA. I suspect more of our authors use ADS than, say, Web of Knowledge.

    • telescoper Says:

      First, Volume 1 is the `legacy’ papers published before we moved onto Scholastica. Volume 2 is 2019 (12 papers). Volume 3 is 2020, and so we mean to continue.

      I am in correspondence with arXiv to sort out what has gone wrong with the sequencing. I don’t know exactly what ADS does but I think it’s because ADS has picked up one or two papers out of order, possibly because authors have put the DOI on arXiv in timely fashion.

      I am correspondence now with NASA/ADS to see if there’s a better way of getting papers indexed than relying on authors to put the metadata on arXiv.

      The order doesn’t matter much as long is that article-ID is unique, but it would be good to have a more systematic approach.

    • telescoper Says:

      In fact I think arXiv also pulls data from DOI feeds so that could be done automatically too.

    • telescoper Says:

      I have to admit that I didn’t really do this when I was a student!

    • telescoper Says:

      Yes, it’s on my to-do list to set up a doi feed for arXiv. I know how to do it, but I need to find the time.

    • telescoper Says:

      OK. So I have now agreed with ADS a way to submit everything directly to them at the time of publication. When I get a moment I will try it with the two papers we have published so far in 2020.

    • telescoper Says:

      Um, id 10 is already assigned: it’s here

    • telescoper Says:

      Yes, not sure why that has not been updated on arXiv.

  6. telescoper Says:

    Somewhat annoyingly ADS now lists this paper but with id 13, despite my specific request that it be assigned 6. Ho hum. At least it’s there now.

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