The Electronic Astrophysical Journal Letters Project
Heather J. Dalterio
The American Astronomical Society, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW,
Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009, U.S.A.
Peter B. Boyce
The American Astronomical Society
Archibald Warnock III
The University of Chicago Press
The American Astronomical Society has developed a comprehensive system for the electronic
dissemination of refereed astronomical research results. Our current focus is the production of an
electronic version of the The Astrophysical Journal Letters. With the help of a recent National
Science Foundation grant, we have developed a system that includes: LaTeX-based manuscript
preparation, electronic submission, peer review, production, development of a database of SGML-tagged manuscripts, collection of page charges and other fees, and electronic manuscript storage and
delivery. Delivery options include World Wide Web access through HTML browsers such as Mosaic
and Netscape, an e-mail gateway, and a stand-alone client accessible through astronomical software
packages such as IRAF.
Our goal is to increase the access and usefulness of the journal by providing enhanced features such
as faster publication, advanced search capabilities, forward and backward referencing, links to
underlying data and links to adjunct materials in a variety of mediums. We have based our
journal on open standards and freely available network tools wherever possible.