Rapid ADS Updates

The Astronomer’s Telegram wants to thank the NASA Astrophysical Data Systems (ADS) for setting up the new “Rapid Ingestion” of ATel bibliographic information. New ATels are now appearing in the ADS system in less than 7 days (so, 3.5 days, on average), with updates appearing on Monday.

We hope this will help propagate the results which appear at The Astronomer’s Telegram, by making them more easily discovered through searches, and making simpler bibliographic references.

We also send a big thanks to ADS’ Carolyn Stern Grant who, for many years, helped log ATels into the ADS bibliographic system! Thanks. Carolyn!

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This Space For Free

We are offering for free the postage-stamp sized box in the upper-right of our webpage, for advertising scientific conferences relevant to the topics on The Astronomer’s Telegram.   This space offers your conference increased visibility in the astronomical community, to inform potential contributors.

To use this space, you must:

  • be on the Scientific Organizing Committee of the conference.
  • provide either text (140 characters or fewer) or a static gif or jpeg (no larger than 135 pixels wide by 90 pixels high).
  • Text/image must contain conference title and conference dates.
  • provide a link to the relevant webpage for the conference
  • suggest a start and end date for the advertisement to run (see below, regarding “exclusive weeks”).

The color scheme of the image should not dramatically clash with the webpage.

Interested parties should send the above listed information to the Editor-in-Chief, Robert Rutledge (rrutledge@astronomerstelegram.org).

Regarding the audience: In a typical month, astronomerstelegram.org receives approximately 17,000 visits; 12,000 unique visitors, of whom 2,500 return multiple times over the month.   In order of decreasing frequency, the top ten countries from which our visitors hail are the USA, Japan, UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, Spain, France, Russia, Australia (followed by Netherlands, India and Taiwan).

Advertisements may be accepted or rejected, run for the full requested period or part of the requested period, at the discretion of the Editors.  At present, our display policy is “least seen”: when more than one ad is active, the ad which will be displayed will be the one which has been “least seen” over the total lifetime of its campaign.  When there are multiple ads which have the same number of impressions, the different ads are cycled.

In addition, we offer up to two “exclusive weeks” to those who request them, during which the ad will be displayed to 100% of visitors; these can be, for example, the week before the registration deadline, or week before the abstract deadline.

Three examples of results:

  • Nuclear Astrophysics Town Hall meeting, held by the MSU Cyclotron in Detroit Michigan, October 9-10, 2012.  The campaign ran one month (Sept 18-Oct 10), was seen by 7,700 unique visitors, on 10,800 visits, with an average of 3-4 views per visit, creating increased visibility and community awareness for the ad.  1500 visitors saw the ad during 5 or more visits.  One hundred visitors clicked through the ad to the conference website.
  • Fifty Years of Quasars, held by the Caltech Astronomy department Sept 9-10 2013.  The campaign ran for 2.5 months (June 20-Sept 10 2013), was seen by 11,600 unique visitors on 17,400 visits, with an average of 3 views per visit, creating increased visibility and community awareness for the ad.  2700 visitors saw the ad during 5 or more visits.  450 visitors clicked through the ad to the conference website.
  • The Structure and Signals of Neutron Stars, (to be held 24-28 March 2014), ran 2.5 months, Oct 1-Dec 12 2013.  The ad was seen by 19,900 unique visitors; on 28,000 visits, with an average of 3 displays per visit, creating increased visibility and community awareness for the ad. 3,500 visitors viewed the ad during 5 or more visits.  360 visitors clicked through the ad to the conference website.



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The Astronomer’s Telegram and the US Government Shutdown

The US Government is undergoing a partial shutdown, beginning October 1st, 2013.  This is expected to impact astronomical capabilities.  The  shutdown’s effects will likely increase as time goes on. The American Astronomical Society blog details some of those effects.

We do not anticipate any direct consequences for the operations of The Astronomer’s Telegram.  ATel is run in Canada, and is funded independently.  It is operated on commercial servers. With the exception of disruption to internet operations — which would impact far more than astronomy — we do not envision any impact of any speculated effects of the shutdown on Astronomer’s Telegram operations.

We hope the shutdown is short, and look forward to our professional colleagues being able to return to our shared work.

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Welcome to Our New Co-Editor, Mansi M. Kasliwal

Join me in welcoming a new face and name to our masthead, Co-Editor Mansi M. Kasliwal.

Dr. Kasliwal is well known for her studies of transients,  in particular of SNe Ia and white dwarf systems.  She is at present a Hubble Fellow and a Carnegie-Princeton Fellow at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science.

Dr. Kasliwal has co-authored 137 ATels; her first was in June 2007, ATel #1118: Discovery of a Nova in M31 Globular Cluster Bol 111. She has acted as the approving credential for 58 submitted ATels.

We look forward to her contributions on the Editorial Board of The Astronomer’s Telegram!

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