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Why Publish? and the Editorial Process

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Paula Szkody
Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

Based on a presentation at the AAVSO Workshop on Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers held on May 5, 2006, during the 95th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO; received July 11, 2006; accepted July 13, 2006

This paper summarizes the reasons why publishing astronomical observations is valuable for the observer and the community, and provides a description of the publication process from the submission of a paper to a journal, through its acceptance, and the final journey through the publication process to produce final electronic and paper versions.

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