CASS Publications Policy


Choice of Journal

CASS staff may submit papers to any journal. For astronomers, the most appropriate journals are generally MNRAS, Nature, Science, ApJ, AJ, A&A, and PASA. The choice of which journal to use will depend on several factors, including:

  • Where other papers in your field tend to be published
  • The Journal Impact Parameter - this is a measure of the average number of citations for papers published in the previous two years in a journal. For the most recent values see the ISI Journal citation reports.
  • Whether you will need to pay page charges
  • How quickly the paper will be published
  • How accessible the journal is in electronic form.

CSIRO author affiliation on publications

CASS staff are advised that for ALL publications, the CASS affiliation should be given in full on the author list for the publications. For example:

  • S. J. Wilson, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia


For publications that include data taken with ATNF facilities, or include data from the Australia Telescope data archives, the additional term 'ATNF' should be given first as in:

  • M. W. Blyth, ATNF, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia; or
  • M. W. Blyth, Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, PO Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710, Australia

Note that 'ATNF' can be included either in full or as an abbreviation, but 'CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science' should be written in full.


For publications that include non-ATNF data taken with the CDSCC facilities the equivalent format is:

  • T. James, CDSCC, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, ...; or
  • T. James, Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, ...

Page Charges

For members of the CASS Astrophysics Group:

  • If you are first author of a paper you should strongly consider submitting to a journal without page charges. If you do need to submit to a journal with page charges you should obtain permission from the Astrophysics Theme Leader and encourage contributions from your co-authors.

  • If you are a co-author on a paper submitted to a journal with page charges then you can contribute if the total does not exceed $500. For amounts exceeding this, permission of the Astrophysics Theme Leader should be sought.

For other staff and students please consult with the Theme Leader.

Publications with one or more CSIRO authors

The first CSIRO author listed on the paper is generally responsible for entering the details of the paper into ePublish, and for updating the record once this has been published.

After a paper has been accepted, it is advisable to put the electronic version of the paper on an external server such as astro-ph. (This is not done through ePublish.) Astro-ph is currently the most widely distributed astrophysics electronic preprint system. Nature papers should not be placed on electronic servers until after publication.

Instructions for CASS-affiliated students

CASS Graduate Students who are first authors on publications that include data taken with ATNF facilities, MUST have their paper approved prior to submission by their CASS supervisor.

CASS-affiliated students must include their university affiliation as the first affiliation on the paper. Students are encouraged to also include CASS as a secondary affiliation. It is recommended that students who do not list CASS as an affiliation in the author list include a footnote on the front page to state that they are affiliated with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Please include the appropriate acknowledgement for the use of ATNF facilities.

Acknowledgement Statements

Please refer to the web page for Publications Acknowledgment Statements.

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