First paper accepted
We have just found out that the first Galaxy Zoo paper we submitted has been accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. This is really exciting, and what is even better is that we were not required to make any revisions or corrections first! This is almost unheard of – so unheard of that it’s not listed as a possibility in Kevin’s outline of the peer review process in a previous post. We expected the anonymous referee to produce a report that commented, criticised, and quibbled about parts of the paper that they were not satisfied with. But we in fact received no report and it went straight to being accepted. Which means that the referee must have been very happy with what we had done. Hoorah!
It will hopefully be appearing in the online version of MNRAS in a month, then a little longer for printed versions. But there is no need to have a subscription to MNRAS to view the paper as the paper is also available publicly here (and we will be sure to keep the versions the same).
We will now be writing a less technical version of the paper for those interested – the idea is to make the results accessible to all the Galaxy Users. So this paper will have the same figures, data, etc. but with more clarification where necessary, less astro-jargon, and some extra reflection on the results. Watch this space!