ATNF News Guidelines for Contributors

This page provides advice for contributors to ATNF News, the official newsletter of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility.

Contribution deadlines

The newsletter is produced twice a year, in April and October. Please contact the ATNF News Editorial Team if you would like to submit an article.

Newsletter style

The newsletter is sent to a large number of astronomers and institutions in Australia and around the world. Please write in a friendly style that can be understood by someone who is not an expert in your field. Examples can be seen in previous issues of the newsletter.

Science articles

For full science articles we usually allocate up to three pages of the newsletter. We recommend a maximum word limit of around 2000 words and a maximum of four figures.

General news items

We welcome shorter contributions and science reports. These are allocated up to one page of the newsletter. We recommend a maximum of 600 words for a report with two figures.

Text formats

We prefer to receive text files as either Microsoft Word or plain text (ascii) files. Files sent in LaTeX are not acceptable.

Figure formats

Please send images and figures as separate files, rather than embedded in the text. We prefer to receive figures as postscript (or .eps) files, or in standard bitmap image formats such as .tif, .jpg, .gif or .psd.


Please ensure that credits are given for photos and figures contained in articles, independent of whether they have been contributed by an author or other collaborators.

Image resolution and quality

Please provide good quality images and figures that have sufficient resolution for printing and are clearly labelled. Bitmap image files should have a resolution of 300 ppi (pixels per inch). If unsure, an image that prints well at A4 size should be sufficient. If needed we can reduce the image resolution and file sizes for high-resolution images.

Please note that the printed version of the newsletter is in black and white. Colour figures are shown on the web version of the newsletter but are converted to greyscale before printing.

Enquiries and contributions

Please email contributions or enquiries to: