The Journal of Astronomical Data - Its scope

The Journal of Astronomical Data (JAD) aims at complementing existing data banks, data archives and supplement series of other journals by publishing in machine-readable form (on CD-ROM) observational data (see ``A misunderstanding?'') that can be used for further research, for supplementing readers' own data, for help in formulating new observing proposals, as a training tool for students, or for whatever other creative use researchers may conceive.

To this end, JAD publishes:

  • observational datasets; as there are:
    • CCD-images (in different wavelengths) of objects: galaxies, nebulae, globular clusters or entire fields in the sky (preferably in FITS format),
    • spectra of all kinds of objects (stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, etc. all preferably in FITS format, otherwise as a (calibrated) list of numbers, in all wavelength areas (gamma to radio),
    • photometric measurements with different filters of stars, novae, etc.
    • radiomaps of the sky,
    • magnetograms of the Sun,
    • etc., etc.
  • data from theoretical research, e.g. images of models, video (MPEG, AVI) of simulations or other models,
  • historical data , e.g. a collection of photometric measurements from many different observers, but over a long time span,
  • reduction software,
  • complete descriptions of new instruments,
  • PhD theses with extensive data tables, catalogues, computer code, and also
  • lengthy articles, or
  • regular articles accompanied by the data on which they are based.

Contributions describe in short 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, next to the data themselves. The submission of papers on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics is invited: observational, theoretical and instrumental. There is no bias towards the technique used to obtain the data: optical, radio, X-rays, particles, space vehicles, numerical analysis, etc., all are equally welcome. (Note: Data already permanently available in machine-readable from established data banks are not considered for publication in the journal.)

!! All papers are sent to two referees whose identity will be made known to the author(s) !!


All material is copyright protected and all rights are reserved, unless stated otherwise. However, Twin Press has adopted the policy that authors retain their copyright (or, in other cases, the institute under whose jurisdiction the author has been collecting the data). This leaves a maximum of room for authors to distribute their material in other ways without needing consent from a third party.

There are no publication charges for authors or institutes.

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