compiled by Marsha Bishop
Paula Szkody, Editor PASP
The PASP had a normal Volume 122 in 2010 and is heading for a similar situation for Volume 123. There were 137 papers and 1543 printed pages in Volume 122. The PASP continues to publish research articles, reviews, and dissertation abstracts. The articles encompass planetary, stellar, galactic and extragalactic observations as well as new instrumentation, data analysis and atmospheric phenomena. Our median publication time for normal articles from receipt at UW to acceptance is 59 days, with the longest delays due to author revisions.
During the past year, the time for open access from time of publication decreased to 2 years, with authors retaining the right to make use of astro-ph with their accepted articles. Other changes included the UCP move of its journals to JSTOR to handle the web interface and access. The PASP continues to have advance notice of upcoming articles with its “Ahead of Print” link, as well as topics sorted by category in each issue for the convenience of readers.
For 2012, institution prices will remain the same as in 2011, while page charges for authors will increase from $105 to $110 (comparable to AAS journals). Color figures in print will remain at $150 per figure. PASP continues to solicit high quality review and scientific articles and to find ways to keep the journal affordable for both individuals and institutions.
ASP Conference Series Report
Joe Jensen, ASPCS Managing Editor
The ASP Conference Series published 23 volumes during 2010. Twelve have been published in 2011 thus far, with a few more on the way before the end of the year. Since the first of July, our readers have accessed 18,000 abstracts and more than 7000 articles. We average 30,000 visits from more than 5,000 unique visitors from countries all over the world to our website per month. This does not include abstracts and papers accessed through the popular NASA ADS service. In the past we have not collected usage statistics by institution, but due to recent demand, we are now collecting those statistics. We plan to provide those in an automated way next year; for now we will answer usage queries individually as needed.
The Conference Series continues to focus on three objectives: publishing more quickly, reducing workload for authors and editors, and maintaining a high-quality, affordable product. The ASPCS is also seeking to gain greater recognition, promote the ASP’s mission, and increase the impact of our contributing authors’ work by establishing and marketing a new type of inexpensive electronic-only subscription for non-research institutions. The purpose of our marketing campaign is to introduce the ASP mission and the ASPCS’s products (proceedings and monographs) to a wider audience of science educators and other professionals at non-research institutions. The flyers (see attached) have been sent to about 200 institutions. Please contact us for more information if you are interested.
Finally, in an effort to modernize our computer systems and significantly reduce workload for the authors, editors, and ourselves, we are designing a new user interface and database management system to automate many of the tedious tasks that are currently handled in a very haphazard and labor-intensive way.