The Open Journal of Astrophysics & INSPIRE

After a busy morning I’ve got time for an update or two about the Open Journal of Astrophysics.

As well as the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) many papers in astrophysics are also indexed by INSPIRE HEP the analogous information management system for high energy physics. Here is the logo for the latter:

Being indexed in INSPIRE  is particularly relevant for authors of papers in astroparticle physics and cosmology, but papers in other areas of astrophysics are also listed on INSPIRE HEP. I am given to understand that, e.g., postdoc selection committees often look at INSPIRE for bibliometric information about applications so this is potentially important for early career researchers.

I am very grateful to staff at Inspire for ensuring that all our papers are now fully indexed in INSPIRE HEP as refereed articles with metadata fully consistent with NASA/ADS. The back catalogue having been dealt with manually we can now set up a feed to ensure that future papers are indexed automatically by NASA/ADS and Inspire HEP.

It is worth noting that because our papers are only published online we do not use the standard referencing style of volumes and pages. We have volumes: Volume 3 is 2020, Volume 2 is 2019, and everything before that is Volume 1. Each paper published in a given year is allocated an numerical id which is just an integer.

For an example of this style, see here.

The main thing for proper cross-referencing and citation is the Digital Object Identifier, which is displayed on the overlay for each paper.

The final thing I wanted to say is that I’m now reliably informed that the correct name to be use for the form of Open Access Publishing offered by the Open Journal of Astrophysics is not Green (which has come to mean author self-archiving of papers) but Diamond Open Access, which means that neither authors nor readers are charged.

19 Responses to “The Open Journal of Astrophysics & INSPIRE”

  1. Phillip Helbig Says:

    Note that the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics has a confusing scheme where the volume number is the same as the year and there is an issue number as well, even though it is (as far as I know) an online-only publication. Issue numbers (which sometimes start over at 1 with a new volume and sometimes don’t) are rarely used in reference lists, but most people, including JCAP in some contexts, uses the issue number as the volume number.

    I’ve never seen such a scheme elsewhere and it probably means that the bibliometry for JCAP is not correct.

    • Phillip Helbig Says:

      Page numbers rarely, if ever, start over at 1 for a new issue within the same volume, but AFAIK always start over at a new volume. Issue numbers sometimes start over at a new volume (e.g. MNRAS, The Astrophysical Journal (which at least at some point had issue numbers)) and sometimes don’t (e.g. The Observatory, Nature). If they don’t start over at a new volume, they rarely, if ever, start over at a new year. (Note that some journals have one volume per year, many have more, maybe some have fewer, i.e. a volume which covers more than one year.) AFAIK volume numbers never start over.

  2. Phillip Helbig Says:

    At inSpire I see:

    22 pages
    Published in:

    Open J.Astrophys. 2 (2019) 1, 7


    1607.07881 [astro-ph.GA]


    10.21105/astro.1607.07881 (publication)

    View in:

    HAL Archives Ouvertes, ADS Abstract Service

    What is the “1” in “Open J.Astrophys. 2 (2019) 1, 7”

    • Phillip Helbig Says:

      Looks like a bogus issue 1.

      • Phillip Helbig Says:

        Interestingly, the inSpire record for my OJA paper is:

        Phillip Helbig

        (Dec 27, 2019)

        Published in:
        Open J.Astrophys. 3 (2020) 1
        • e-Print:
        1912.12269 [astro-ph.CO]

        which has no bogus issue number.

      • telescoper Says:

        I think it probably defaults to issue 1 of each volume if not defined.

      • Phillip Helbig Says:

        OK, but the two papers above are different; the first has an issue number, the second doesn’t.

      • telescoper Says:

        I don’t know why it’s shown in the first but not the second…

  3. Phillip Helbig Says:

    “It is worth noting that because our papers are only published online we do not use the standard referencing style of volumes and pages. We have volumes: Volume 3 is 2020, Volume 2 is 2019, and everything before that is Volume 1. Each paper published in a given year is allocated an numerical id which is just an integer.

    For an example of this style, see here.”

    Especially because some reference lists want volume and page/id, and perhaps don’t want the DOI, it would be nice if the corresponding information were available at the OJA site itself, rather than having to be gleaned from ADS or wherever, e.g.:

    The Open Journal of Astrophysics, Vol. 3, id. 1
    Pub Date:
    January 2020

    • telescoper Says:

      Can you name a Journal that doesn’t want a DOI for an online publication?

      • Phillip Helbig Says:

        I haven’t written for all journals. Certainly not all reference lists contain DOIs, though often the online-version of the paper has a link to the DOI*, while the paper version might have a more traditional reference list. To see the difference, you would have to look at a literal paper, i.e. in the paper version of a journal.

        Certainly textbooks and so on usually contain traditional reference lists, even though there is a DOI for most papers these days.

        The advantage of a traditional reference (as opposed to or perhaps in addition to a DOI) is that it is fairly obvious which journal it is and when it was published; depending on how the DOI is constructed, that might be rather obvious or might be quite obscure.

        *This might have the text of the DOI as the link, or the traditional reference, or part of it, might be linked to the DOI.

      • Phillip Helbig Says:

        Of course, the reference is not just for looking up the paper in question; it is also intended as a brief summary, hence the importance of the name of the journal and the year, which might not be obvious from the DOI.

        If the reference were solely for being able to locate the paper in question, all that is needed is the DOI or journal, volume, and page. In particular, neither years nor authors’ names are needed, though those are probably the two most interesting things, in addition to the journal name.

  4. Shantanu Desai Says:

    Peter: could you also ensure that this journal is indexed in Scopus and Web of Science? In some technical institutes they only care if you publish in Scopus indexed journals?

    • telescoper Says:

      Well it’s difficult to “ensure” that because they index what they want to index. Scopus is run by Elsevier, which has a vested interest in ensuring that ventures like the OJAp do not succeed. At the moment we don’t qualify for Scopus because we have not published enough papers….

      • Phillip Helbig Says:

        In that case, it seems not to be a good idea to apply for a job at an instutute at which Elsevier indirectly determines who is hired.

      • telescoper Says:

        Best to apply for jobs at institutes that have signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)…

        But that’s easier said than done when there are so few jobs around…

  5. Phillip Helbig Says:

    Note that arXiv’s new Executive Director comes to arXiv from Elsevier and Scopus.

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