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The Royal Astronomical Society is proud to present its 'house journal', Astronomy & Geophysics. The primary objective of the Journal is to promote communications among and between astronomers and geophysicists. It contains scientific articles on major developing themes in astronomy and geophysics in succinct, readable and accessible form.

Astronomy & Geophysics will continue many of the traditions of the former Quarterly Journal of the RAS, acting as a forum for the discussion of fundamental and controversial scientific matters. In addition, Astronomy & Geophysics will include topical articles in areas such as interdisciplinary research, science policy, news, opinions, correspondence, book and software reviews, Society communications about events and people and obituaries. The Journal will also act as a channel of communication between the membership, the Council and the Society's Officers.

Astronomy & Geophysics is very much more than a house journal: it aims to improve communication within the wider international astronomical and geophysical community. Contributions are welcome, from RAS members and non-members alike. It will be a shop-window for short communications about the best and most exciting work in astronomy and geophysics. It is your chance to keep on top of research in a wide range of fields and to gain a higher profile and greater exposure for your research.


Notes for contributors to Astronomy and Geophysics

Astronomy & Geophysics is a journal for the publication of serious scientific articles of interest to a broad range of astronomers and geophysicists. Contributions can take the form of Review Articles (up to 5000 words), Articles (up to 3500 words), News and Correspondence (100-500 words). Articles and Review Articles are subject to peer review. Contributions for publication should be submitted to the Editor:

Dr Sue Bowler, Astronomy and Geophysics, The Department of Earth Sciences, The University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom. Electronic submission is preferred: e-mail articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Short papers for publication as news or letters may be submitted by electronic means alone. Authors of articles and review articles should also send a printed copy to the above address, along with a covering letter. Use double line spacing, give page numbers and state the number of words. Please give your name as you wish it to appear, together with your professional affiliation and two or three sentences indicating your area or research or expertise.

Submission on disk is also welcome. Authors should avoid unnecessary formatting. Whatever submission route you choose, Word6 files are preferred; otherwise use plain ASCII or text-only formats. Copy in TeX and LaTeX is acceptable; again, avoid complex formats.

Astronomy and Geophysics can also accept contributions submitted on paper alone: a clean printed copy suitable for scanning is preferred.

Submission implies that the manuscript has not been previously published nor currently submitted for publication elsewhere. On acceptance of a manuscript, authors are required to transfer the copyright to the RAS. Articles and Review Articles can cover any topic likely to be of interest to members of the RAS. You should introduce material at a level comprehensible to a final year undergraduate in the subject, but should not limit discussion to this level. Editorial policy is to encourage contributions of accuracy and scientific authority over a wide range of interests, with a topical slant where feasible. The Editor welcomes lively writing and a variety of personal styles, but reserves the right to reject material that is unsuitable.

All manuscripts must include a brief, informative abstract of about 150 words, stressing the significance of key points. The body of the text should be divided into sections as appropriate, without numbering. Headings should be set out clearly. Do not give cross-references by page number, but use terms such as 'above' or 'below', with the section specified where possible. Use SI units where appropriate and explain acronyms as necessary.

Please keep copies of manuscripts on disks to guard against loss or mishap. The edited text is sent to authors for approval; corrections and changes must be returned promptly. If the author will not be available, they should ensure that someone else will be able to check the proofs.

Illustrations, both images and diagrams, are welcome and some colour will be available for appropriate material. Ideally authors should submit a small number of high quality illustrations. The Editor has discretion over which to accept: the main criteria will be content and quality. Illustrations should be sent digitally where possible, using tiff format. Authors should also send printed copies to aid filing. Prints of photographs are also suitable, provided they are high enough quality. Number figures in sequence and put the main author's name and the figure number on the reverse of printed copies. Refer to figures in the text by number, e.g. figure 5.

Give brief but fully informative figure captions in a separate list at the end of the text, rather than attached to individual illustrations. Figures should be self-contained, with information such as the scale given within the artwork rather than in the caption. Authors should bear in mind that text on figures should be readable at the final size.

References should follow the style of Monthly Notices of the RAS, giving abbreviated journal title and first and last page numbers. In the text, references should cite authors, using et al. where there are three or more authors. References to larger works such as books should include the page number where possible. Authors alone are responsible for ensuring that their references are correct. A few broad references are preferred to many detailed citations.

Tables should be printed clearly on sheets separate from the main text. Number them in sequence and provide each with a brief, informative title. Rapid publication Astronomy and Geophysics can provide rapid publication for topical articles: at the Editor's discretion, articles can be published within two months of submission of the manuscript. Astronomy and Geophysics welcomes such topical articles and authors who may have suitable subjects are encouraged to contact the Editor as early as possible.

A&G News pieces are shorter items of topical interest, reports on major international meetings, summaries of advances in specialist fields and so on. Articles should be between 200 and 800 words long, with an illustration if suitable. They should focus on topical issues and happenings, making the key points intelligible and easy to read for the membership as a whole. Suggestions are welcome: please contact the Editor.

A&G Views publishes scientific correspondence, discussion of issues raised in this publication and elsewhere and personal opinions, at the discretion of the Editor. It is a forum for discussion of RAS matters and issues from the world of astronomy and geophysics in general. Timely correspondence on articles published in Astronomy and Geophysics is welcome, as are letters on other issues of interest.

Articles for publication in either of these sections may be submitted electronically without the need for hard copy. Authors will need to assign copyright to the Society in the usual way before publication.

18th November 1996