The mission statement of this project: “Minimizing overhead and editorial constraints eMeteorNews assures a swift exchange of information dedicated to all fields of active amateur meteor work.”
Who will take care of this? Currently four people will take care to work out a first prototype: Richard Kacerek (U.K.), Jakub Koukal (Czech Republic), Koen Miskotte (Netherlands) and Paul Roggemans (Belgium).
When? Discussions about this project started begin of 2016. The response to the idea was very positive. Several people offered to help and are interested to participate. Since we start from scratch, we worked out a prototype as experiment and used the rest of 2016 as a test period. We hope to collect news on the website www.meteornews.net and to compile a few online issues in PDF format. The test period proved successful and we have registered an ISSN number and started archiving with ADS abstract service (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/bib_abs.html?2016eMetN).
What to publish? We welcome input from all meteor workers: reports on visual observations, reports from camera networks, reports on radio observations, fireball and particular meteor sightings, anything related to meteor work. The content should focus on practical aspects, the style should be informal easy reading text.
How to submit content?
Send your text and pictures by mail to one of the MeteorNews.net editors. Short announcements can be published easily in WordPress without any layout requirements. To keep MeteorNews.net easy reading, submit the following as text without bothering about editing aspects:
- A short title (mandatory);
- Name of author(s) (mandatory);
- Contact address(es) of the author (optional);
- Abstract (optional but recommended for articles);
- Body text (mandatory);
- Pictures (optional, but if pictures are submitted a caption is mandatory);
- References (optional).
If you have a relative long and elaborated contribution it may be worth the effort to prepare this as a Word document. In such case we recommend to use the Word template which can be downloaded here. Save this dotx file on your computer. In Word you find under ‘File’ – ‘Options’ – ‘Add ins’, here at the bottom you see ‘Manage’ select ‘Templates’ & click ‘Go’ in the tab ‘Templates browse to select the eMeteorNews dotx file. Make sure to mark ‘Automatically update document styles’.
As soon as some content is received by an editor, it will be published as soon as possible on the MeteorNews.net website. The review of the contribution involves independent experts and an advisory board may be consulted in particular cases.
Every now and then a selection of articles collected on the website will be assembled as a journal in PDF which will be reported and archived with the ADS abstract service (from 2016 onwards). All papers published in MeteorNews.net and its PDF journal eMeteorNews will be archived for consultation and reference purposes.