AAS Publishing at AAS 237 Online


Will you be joining us online for the 237th American Astronomical Society meeting? AAS Publishing looks forward to seeing you there! You can come find us at the AAS Publishing booth in the virtual exhibit hall, and you can check out AAS-Publishing-related endeavors in a number of events throughout the week (some already underway!). Below are just a few.

Publishing Data in the AAS Journals: A hands-on workshop (2-day workshop)

Thursday, 7 January, 11:00 – 13:00 (ET)
Friday, 8 January, 11:00 – 13:00 (ET)

How do you present data in your research articles? Do you include a few plots and tables? Or do you enhance your narrative through the use of animations and interactive figures? Make flip-books out of figure sets? Supply the underlying data behind your tables and figures so other authors can reproduce your work? The AAS Journals (ApJ, ApJL, ApJS, AJ, RNAAS, and PSJ) support all of these options and more – and 20% of our published content already contains at least one of these types of data products. If your research involves data and you want to learn how to better integrate it into your articles and present it in a way that will increase the readability, usefulness, and citations of your work, register now for the AAS journals’ newest workshop! On the first day of this workshop, the AAS data editors will discuss all of the ways ambitious authors can boost their future manuscripts. In addition to discussions of various available data products, this will also include tutorials on working with the latest versions of AASTeX and using the Overleaf collaborative environment, and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. The second day is left open so that participants can drop in when they please with their own projects and receive one-on-one instruction and advice from the data editors.

Registration Fee: $15

Making the Most of AAS WorldWide Telescope workshop

Friday, 8 January, 11:00 – 12:30 (ET)

AAS WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is the American Astronomical Society’s official tool for visually exploring humanity’s scientific understanding of the Universe. This free and open-source software package can power everything from interactive “live” images in journal articles, to exploratory data visualizations in Jupyter notebooks, to immersive custom websites, to professional-grade planetariums. This interactive tutorial will introduce attendees to the WWT software ecosystem in the context of its applications to research, education, and public outreach.

Unified Astronomy Thesaurus Community Day

Wednesday, January 13, 16:10 (ET) in the AAS Publishing Booth

Come and meet with the UAT Curator and members of the UAT Steering Committee and learn how the UAT can be implemented at your organization or publication!

Want more info about the UAT? Check out this recent UAT webinar on youtube:

Chat with AAS Publishing and Astrobites

Want to chat with AAS Publishing? The following folks will be at the AAS Publishing booth all week:

Julie Steffen, AAS Chief Publishing Officer
Janice Sexton, AAS Editorial Operations Manager
Frank Timmes, AAS Lead Editor of the High-Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics corridor


You can also request to meet with AAS Journals Editor in Chief Ethan Vishniac, our data editors Greg Schwarz and Gus Muench, and the AAS’s Innovation Scientist and WorldWide Telescope Director Peter Williams.

You can find AAS Nova Editor Susanna Kohler and the Astrobites team at the Astrobites booth throughout the meeting.

Publishing Your AAS 237 Presentation in RNAAS

The Society’s venue for short works, Research Notes of the AAS (RNAAS), is accepting submissions for a focus issue covering work presented and discussed at our virtual meeting.

By publishing your AAS 237 presentation as a research note, you give it a permanent, citable home within the literature and make it available for all those unable to join us during the meeting. Research notes are short (up to 1350 words, plus a 150 word abstract, with a single figure or table), moderated by AAS editors, and searchable on ADS. Research notes cover a remarkable diversity of topics, and do not preclude later inclusion of results in more substantial, refereed work.