• astronomy journals with sensible typesetting

    From Phillip Helbig (undress to reply@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 30 00:20:55 2021
    [[Mod. note -- I apologise for the delay in posting this article,
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    -- jt]]

    Having been severely disappointed by the extremely low quality of
    production by two astronomy journals (at least one of which didn't have
    such problems several years ago), I'm interested in whether others have
    had similar problems and whether there is some journal which gets it

    My main complaints are new errors introduced by the typesetters and not following their own rules. It requires several proofs until the final
    version essentially converges on my accepted manuscript. They change
    the style to conflict with their own macros (LaTeX class and BibTeX

    There is no reason for this; the only explanation is incompetence,
    probably caused by outsourcing to people obviously unfamiliar with the
    types of articles they are supposed to produce.

    Any journal which meets the following criteria would be fine:

    o There are no charges to authors.

    o At a minimum, the author's accepted manuscript can be made
    available on a personal webserver no later than official
    publication. (Ideally, something equivalent to the final version
    could be put on a public webserver after acceptance. I don't care
    about preprint (i.e. before acceptance) policies.)

    o Personal LaTeX macros can be used.

    o Copyright should stay with the author or a non-profit

    o The proof must show what changes are made.

    Ideally, the journals LaTeX macros would produce something which is
    essentially identical to the final output. At the proof stage, someone
    would check for typos and so on; those should be corrected, but no other changes made.

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  • From Eric Flesch@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 30 09:54:07 2021
    On Tue, 30 Mar 2021 00:20:55 PDT, helbig@asclothestro.multivax.de
    (Phillip Helbig (undress to reply)) wrote:
    ... I'm interested in whether others have had similar problems...
    My main complaints are new errors introduced by the typesetters...

    I can't resist recounting an old episode from 2012 when my paper
    2013,PASA,30,4 "Optical Corrections to the Veron-Cetty and Veron
    Quasar Catalogue" was in press. The typographers changed my sentence

    "For nine such approximately-sited cases there is only optical
    matching available ..."


    "For only nine such approximately sited cases is optical matching
    available ..."

    I asked in vain to change it back, those typographers published it the
    way they wanted it, apparently blissfully unaware that they'd
    profoundly changed the meaning of the sentence.

    (Also they chopped up the data tables so badly that I reckoned that
    anyone who wanted to read the paper would choose to read the arXiv
    version anyway, and so not encounter the typographer wording.)

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