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AAS Publishing News: An Interview with the AAS Journals Data Editors

12 Mar 2021, 17:00 UTC
AAS Publishing News: An Interview with the AAS Journals Data Editors
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What happens when you submit a scientific manuscript to AAS journals? While most folks are familiar with the peer review process, fewer people know about some of the additional reviews and work occurring behind the scenes at our journals. Here, we sit down to find out more about Dr. Greg Schwarz and Dr. Gus Muench, our two AAS Journals Data Editors.
A Critical Role
What, exactly, is a data editor? Ultimately, Greg says, “we’re in the happiness business.” Our two data editors aim to identify elements of authors’ manuscripts that involve data and help the authors to make those data accessible, attractive, long-lived, and useful to other scientists. Accessible data ultimately supports the American Astronomical Society’s underlying goal to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.
Each year, our data editors process many hundreds of manuscripts containing machine-readable tables (red), videos (green), figure sets (purple), data behind the figures (cyan), interactive figures (orange), and other data products like data DOIs (blue). [AAS Journals]Practically, this means that between the two of them, Greg and Gus currently process about 2,200 data products in over 1,000 articles each year. These products include things like tabular data, animations, complex online figures, and ...

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