Guidelines for standalone papers

IBVS is an express journal, but we still strive to uphold high scientific standards. Therefore we expect that regular research papers submitted to the journal are original works containing new results or ideas of sufficient interest to the astronomical community. Subjects of the papers must fall within the scope of the journal: the editors maintain the right to assess and reject papers if they do not fulfill this requirement. Preliminary results are, as a rule, not acceptable, except in those cases where the release of the preliminary information is relevant for the variable-star community (e.g. the discovery of new variable objects, description of transient and/or time-critical events). Preliminary results on known objects based on older or archival observations are NOT acceptable. In such cases, publication of the complete and final analysis must be recommended, either in the IBVS or in other regular astronomy journals.

 

Abstract and sections

Historically, IBVS papers were short notes that did not justify a separate abstract. In recent years, however, we received many longer manuscripts that are closer to the length of normal research articles that benefit from the existence of a short, concise summary. Therefore we encourage authors to include an abstract in their manuscripts. The benefits of having an abstract is that it may appear in the article summary pages both in our website and at various indexing sites, such as ADS and CDS and thus provides valuable information for potential readers.

Short articles are not required to be splitted into sections, but longer ones may benefit from structuring (e.g. Introduction, Observations, Results/Conclusions, etc.). Please always separate the Acknowledgement text and Reference list from the main text of the paper. 

 

Preparing a manuscript

Standalone manuscripts are accepted in LaTeX format, using the IBVS style file. Standalone papers use the ibvs2.sty style file. Authors must submit the LaTeX source files and images together with the camera-ready complete manuscript (preferably pdf). Please note the plain text and doc/docx/odt submissions are only accepted in exceptional cases and their processing by the editorial office will delay the publication process.

A template is provided here: IBVS template. Authors are also encouraged to look at the LaTeX flies of published papers in the arcive.

 

File requirements

Standalone manuscripts are accepted in LaTeX format, using the IBVS style file. Standalone papers use the ibvs2.sty style file. Authors must submit the LaTeX source files and images together with the camera-ready complete manuscript (preferably pdf). Please note the plain text and doc/docx/odt submissions are only accepted in exceptional cases and their processing by the editorial office will delay the publication process.

Files required for submission:

- The complete pdf (or postcript) version of the manuscript, with figures embedded, that can be sent to the referee.

- The LaTex source file and any standalone images and plots, in a compressed format, e.g. in a zip or tar.gz format. 

Images can be submitted in the following formats: jpg, png, eps, pdf. Please make sure that the jpg/png images have sufficient resolution (wider than 640px), and quality (>85%). Labels in the images should use fonts that are large enough and easily readable, e.g. similar in size to the fonts of the text of the paper.

- Authors are encouraged to publish their observational data as well. The required format of metadata is the same for all categories of the manuscript.