The JOURNAL of ASTRONOMICAL DATA
A refereed data journal in machine-readable
The Journal of Astronomical Data
(JAD) aims at complementing existing data banks, data archives and supplement
series of other journals by publishing observational data in machine-readable
form (on CD-ROM or DVD) for use in further research, for supplementing readers'
own data, for help in formulating new observing proposals, as a training tool
for students, etc.
To this end, JAD publishes:
- observational datasets,
- CCD-images of galaxies,
nebulae, globular clusters or stellar fields in compressed FITS format
- spectra of stars,
galaxies, etc. in FITS format, possibly supplemented with calibrated spectra as
- photometric measurements
with associated calibration data
- radio maps of the sky
- magnetograms of the Sun
- sunspot images, etc.
- data from theoretical
research, such as stellar-atmosphere models
- video (MPEG, AVI) files from
simulations and models
- historical data, e.g.
collections covering very long time baselines
- reduction software and
- complete descriptions and
CAD-based designs of new instruments
- Ph.D. theses with extensive
- conference proceedings
- regular analysis papers if
accompanied by the data on which they are based
Data already permanently
available in machine-readable form at established data banks are not considered
for publication in the journal.
- All papers
are submitted to two referees whose identity will be made known to the
- All published material is
copyright protected and all rights are reserved, unless stated otherwise. The
Publisher adopted the policy that authors retain their copyright (or, in other
cases, the institute under which jurisdiction the author has collected the
data). This principle leaves full freedom for authors to distribute their work
in other ways without needing consent from third parties.
- Papers are written with LaTeX
using the common article class procedure and can be submitted
electronically to one of the Editors.
- Contributions describe the
astrophysical background and motive for the scientific work done, a complete
description of the data-collecting process, an assessment of the accuracy of
the data, and the data proper.
- There are no publication charges as long as the amount
of submitted data can be handled by the Publisher within the technical and
financial limits of the Journal.
- Reprints are available at
- JAD appears annually - that
is, one volume per year - on one or more physical data carriers (CD-ROM or
DVD). The descriptive part of the published manuscripts is reprinted on paper
in the form of Proceedings volumes.
- The annual subscription fee
(50 Euro, by check drawn on a Belgian bank) covers postage and handling of the
CDs and Proceedings.
THE JOURNAL OF ASTRONOMICAL DATA
- Editors: Chris Sterken
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hilmar W. Duerbeck
- Publisher: C. Sterken, Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels.
- tel. 00 32 26293469 /3470 fax
00 32 26293174