Editorial - GCNEWS, Vol. 8, August 1998
A Newsletter for Galactic Center Research
This Volume was edited by Angela Cotera & Heino Falcke
Volume 8, August 1998
EDITORIAL: News from GCNEWS and GC98
Angela Cotera & Heino Falcke
The number of electronic newsletters which cover astronomical research are
growing rapidly. Well established newsletters of institutions and telescopes are also
starting to rely more and more on the electronic medium, while new subject oriented
newsletters, like GCNEWS, are being added to the pool of publications.
Librarians are keeping pace with the trend towards electronic publishing and
have started to catalog the available
resources. Liz Bryson from the CFHT library, not only maintains an
exceptionally good library website but also has a webpage of
(http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/~bryson/epubs.html) featuring such newsletters
as your own GCNEWS. Similarly, Sarah Stevens-Rayburn at the STScI library
(http://sesame.stsci.edu/lib/abstract.html) also has a good electronic publication
reference page. Both of these examples, by the way, illustrate that
the job of the librarian will be changing drastically within the next
few years through the advent of the `` electronic library''.
GCNEWS featured in ADS
Another step in this direction (at least for GCNEWS) is the agreement
we reached with the ADS project - which we are certain all of you now use as a
precious tool in literature research. Within the next few weeks we will
be able to submit the articles (not the abstracts) that have appeared
in GCNEWS to ADS where they will be included in the database
and available through the usual queries. The database entries will
also be linked to our website and hence GCNEWS articles will be
electronically as available as are ApJ articles or other ``normal''
articles. GCNEWS will also get its own 'bibcode': GCN.
We believe that this will benefit everyone. The authors of the articles and
abstracts which appear in GCNEWS will know that their work receives
the widest possible distribution and interested researchers will find
it easier to locate up to date information on a certain field. In this
way, the GC community will be opening up to those with new interest in
exciting developments concerning the heart of the Milky Way. (As an additional
perk, perhaps this will provide even more motivation for new authors to
volunteer and to follow the excellent example set by those who have already
written articles for GCNEWS). Perhaps this is a good point to remind our
readers that we are always open for suggestions for short articles, not
only reviews and conference summaries, but also short research notes that
otherwise would not make it into published literature.
GC Workshop 1998: The Central Parsecs
is currently at capacity and we have a long waiting list of
people who would like to attend but cannot due to space constraints
(the room is just not big enough). In this case the deadline really
turned out to be a hard limit and as indicated in the very first
announcement--here in GCNEWS--we also had to focus solely on the
topic of the workshop ``The Central X Parsecs'' by reducing X such
that the number N of participants became smaller than 60. Perhaps we
can inverse this criterion the next time and only accept papers where
X is much larger than 10 (volunteers to organize GC99 or GC2000
wanted!). The small room size and number of participants was chosen
in the initial planing phase in order to create an intimate
setting as is required for extensive discussion sessions.
The conference itself is not only organized by GCNEWS, but jointly
with a number of other institutions in Tucson, Heidelberg, and
Bonn. The program which you will find at the end of this issue
promises a very exciting and dynamic workshop. Thanks go out to all
who are including their work and apologies go out to those we have
been unable to accomodate. The conference proceedings will be
published in the ASP Conf. Ser. with very relaxed page limits and
conference abstracts will appear in a special issue of GCNEWS. We also
will make preprints of submitted papers available once they are
submitted. A summary of the workshop highlights is also planned.
Since the last volume of GCNEWS, we have been inundated with abstracts
from all over the world. We have a record 25 abstracts which have
been submitted or accepted to refereed journals in this issue and are
pleased to see collegues from Russia utilizing this service. It has
been just over two years since we first began this newsletter with the
idea that we could improve communications between Galactic Center
researchers if only we had a way to quickly learn of research going on
throughout the field. Although we established the framework, it is
the contributions from our subscribers that have made GCNEWS a
success. By subscribing to and using the service, you have helped to
keep all of us informed of the latest research in the Galactic
Center. We now let the abstracts
do most of the talking. Well, the abstracts and Farhad Yusef-Zadeh
who has written an excellent article for this
issue on the recent successes in exploring the GC using 1720 MHz
Masers and the way in which they have allowed us to expand our
understanding of a number of processes within the GC. It is a pleasure
to read and we hope you enjoy it.
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