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Astronomy: Writing & Publishing

This guide is intended to provide a starting point for your research in astronomy and astrophysics.

Writing Guides

Writing Aids & Tips


LaTeX (pronounced LAH-tech or LAY-tech) is a freely accessible document preparation system that is widely used in scientific and technical publishing. It is based on the TeX markup typesetting system. LaTeX is typically used together with BibTeX, software for managing lists of references.  Click here for some online LaTeX tutorials.  See below for some available e-books on LaTeX.

The American Astronomical Society has developed a LaTeX-based markup package called AASTeX to assist authors in preparing manuscripts intended for submission to its journals.


Library E-Books on LaTeX

Style & Format Guides

Several citation and documentation styles are used in scientific and technical writing. The links below highlight the Council of Science Editors style and Chicago style and provide an overview of other major styles.

Nearly all major journals specify their style and provide submission instructions to authors at their web sites.

Council of Science Editors Style

Chicago Style

Other Styles