We therefore propose to collect and maintain a list of forthcoming contributions to refereed periodicals, conference proceedings, and the likes, which will be posted at the url advertised at the top of this page. We would follow in thesteps of successful newsletters, such as the star formation newsletter maintained by Bo Reipurth, or the dwarf galaxy newsletter of Elias Brinks and Eva Grebel.
SCYON, as we propose to call the newsletter, will be published initially once every two months. If the number of contributions justifies a monthly instalments, we would move toward more frequent issues in order to keep the newsletter relatively short, manageable for us, and up-to-date. We would in the first instance maintain a relatively simple newsletter, however one long-term objective is to link articles by object to the WEBDA database developed by one of us (J-CM) at the University of Lausanne. The intention is to allow users to navigate in the newsletter library between research papers as well as the database.
Interested? We would ask those interested to contribute to the newsletter, and receive notice of the latest issue, to write to us at the address
A subscription to
In case you wish to cancel your subscription, send a message to the above address and your entry
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A Web form has been developed which will allow us to produce the abstracts directly in the html and latex formats. This is the preferred way to send the abstracts.
A template LaTeX file is also available.
Here is an example of an abstract. Notice the link to NGC 2420 and the link added in the NGC 2420 page toward this abstract.
The list of subjects we would like to include in the newsletter goes as follows :
Should we cover more topics? Please let us hear your views!
Abstracts can be submitted at any time either typeset using the latex abstract template (download here) or directly by web download (follow this link). A ``Call for abstracts'' is sent out approximately one week before the next issue of the newsletter is finalised. This ``call'' contains the deadline for abstract submissions for that coming issue and the LaTeX abstract template.
The template will be converted to html automatically so please refrain from using complex TeX macros, it will complicate matters! However all abstracts/contribution sent to us will be processed.
Depending on circumstances, the editors might actively solicit contributions, usually those spotted on a preprint server, but they do not publish abstracts without the author's consent.
We implicitly encourage further dissemination of the letter to institutes and astronomers who may benefit from it.
Holger Baumgardt, Ernst Paunzen, Pavel Kroupa
Last update: 04 February 2009