Instructions to Authors

Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to the address: <aaptr@sai.msu.ru>.

Copies should be e-mailed to <boch@sai.msu.ru> and <vera@sai.msu.ru>.


The submitted files should include:

-- *.tex file of the article;

-- files of figures in *.eps format (each figure as a separate file);

-- file of your paper (including figures) saved in PDF format.

Please send your files as one .zip file.


The tex file of the article should contain (in the order given below):
(a) the title in lower-case letters, except the first capital letter (e.g., Moving variable emission lines in the spectrum of the Seyfert galaxy NGC 4
(b) the initial(s) and name(s) of the author(s) should be footnoted with numbers for the addresses (e.g., P.G. Smith1, W.A. Gordon2, A.I. Ivanov
2,3 (no space between the initials, a comma after each authors name, without and before the last authors name);
(c) the full postal addresses of institutions, marked by footnote numbers
(e.g., 1Address one
2Address two
3Address three)


Please give the email address of the corresponding author after his/her postal address;
d) the abstract with main results (approximately 20 up to 150 words);
e) key words (no more than 15) prepared according to the Thesaurus of key words of the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal: http://www.aanda.org/doc_journal/instructions/aa_instructions.pdf

this is an obligatory item papers would not be accepted without key words;

(f) main text;

(g) acknowledgements (if necessary);

(h) references;

(i) appendices or annexes if any (numbered as 1, 2 etc. and equipped with brief headings; the main text should refer the reader to each of them).


Numerical values less than unity should always be written with a zero preceding the decimal point. Outside the LaTeX mathematical mode, please use the double dash for the minus sign.


Sections of the text should be numbered by arabic numerals. Subsections should be numbered 1.1, 1.2, etc. Footnotes to the text (if any) (their number should be minimal) should be marked by superscript arabic numerals and be placed at the bottom of the page to which the footnote is referred.

Tables should be embedded into the text in the TEX file of the article, numbered by arabic numerals in the order of their appearance in the text. Every table must contain a short heading describing its content. The units of the quantities listed should be given at the column heads. If a table occupies several pages, the line(s) with the column headings should be repeated on each page. If necessary, a double space may be used after every fifth or tenth line in the table. Footnotes to tables should be marked by superscripts or lower-case letters in brackets. The footnoted text should be placed at the end of the table.

Each figure should be presented as a separate .eps file (no other formats are accepted). The files names should be numerals starting from 1 (1.eps, 2.eps etc -- BUT NOT any other names).

Figures should be referred to in the text as, e.g., Figure 1 or Figures 24 in the increasing order. If a figure consists of several parts, all parts should be gathered together as one block represented in one file. Fragments of a figure are to be designated by lower-case letters (a, b, c, etc) and referred to in the text as Figure 2a, Figures 3a,b,c, 4a-e, etc.

The size of the figures must be adjusted to the page width of 124 mm or to a smaller width if the figure is wrapped by text. The maximum height of a figure together with a caption below it (plus a space of 6--8 mm between the figure and the caption) should not exceed 200 mm. The sizes of letters and numerals must be no less than 1.5 mm (after sizing); for the subscripts and superscripts, the acceptable size of letters is no less than 1 mm. All figures should be provided with a short descriptive caption beginning with the words Figure N. (N number of the figure) and brief explanation of the used symbols, types of lines, etc.

Figures that occupy several journal pages are not accepted.

Figures (or figure fragments) containing a quantitative information should have four borders each, ticks along all four borders and axis titles.

Figures in color are accepted, but only for the electronic version. In the printed version, figures will appear in black-and-white.


Citing references in the text please use the author--year system. For example: Johnson (1950), Johnson and Morgan (1953), Johnson et al. (1968a,b), Ivanov (1968, 1976), or (Johnson 1950; Johnson and Morgan 1953; Johnson et al. 1968a,b), (Ivanov 1968, 1976).

In the list of references all references must be arranged alphabetically and chronologically in the following form:

Crawford D.L. (1984) in: The MK process and stellar classification, ed. R. F. Garrison, Toronto, p. 191

Johnson H.L. (1950) ApJ 112, 240

Johnson H.L., MacArthur J.W., Mitchell R.I. (1968a) ApJ 152, 465

Johnson H.L., Morgan W.W. (1953) ApJ 117, 313

Kurtz D.W. (1998) in: A half century of stellar pulsation interpretations, eds. P.A. Bradley and J.A. Guzik, ASP Conf. Ser. 135, 420

McClure R.D. (1973) in: Spectral classification and multicolor photometry (IAU Symp. 50), eds. C. Ferenbach and B.E. Westerlund, Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, p. 162

Put a comma not and before the name of the last author: Johnson H.L., MacArthur J.W., Mitchell R.I. (1968a) ApJ 152, 465


If a paper has more than 4 authors, it is sufficient to give the first three names followed by et al.. Do NOT italicize et al..

Use acronyms for the well-known astronomical journals, as accepted in the ADS (NASA Astrophysics Data System): A&A, A&AS, AJ, ApJ, ApJS, Ap&SS, MNRAS, PASJ, PASP, ARep (Astronomy Reports), SvA (Soviet Astronomy), AstL (Astronomy Letters), SvAL (Soviet Astronomy Letters), AZh (Astronomicheskii Zhurnal), PAZh (Pisma v Astronomicheskii Zhurnal), Ap (Astrophysics), Afz (Astrofizika) etc. Abbreviate the Russian journal Astronomicheskii Tsircular as ATsir. The journal Astronomical and Astrophysical Transactions should be abbreviated as A&AT.

When referring to articles and books published both in Russian and in English translation (in AZh, PAZh, Afz etc.), it is preferable to cite English texts. Reference fo the Russian original (in brackets) is also welcome, for instance:

Pikelner, S.B. (1971) SvA 15, 276 (AZh 48, 357)

With different publishing years or if text was supplemented / corrected in translation, a different order is acceptable, for instance:

Lozinskaya, T.A. (1986) Supernova stars and stellar wind: Interaction with the galactic gas, Moscow: Nauka (1992, Supernovae and stellar wind in the interstellar medium, Philadelphia: Gordon and Breach Sci. Publ.)

The proceedings of the most known series of conferences can be referred to as journals, by using the abbreviated names of the series (for instance, IAU Symp., ASP Conf. Ser.). That is, instead of the above given two full references short ones are acceptable:

Kurtz D.W. (1998) ASP Conf. Ser. 135, 420

McClure R.D. (1973) IAU Symp. 50, 162

For observatory publications, bulletins, circulars use the following system: Publ. Tartu Obs., Circ. Harvard Obs., Bull. Vilnius Obs. etc. For publications containing numbers of issues instead of volumes, in place of the volume number please give the issue number (without adding the abbreviation No.), i.e., use the following form of references:

Bull. Vilnius Obs. 67, 18; ATsir 1510, 6, etc.

In the rare cases when each issue of a journal begins with page 1 (for instance, the Russian-language popular science journals Priroda and others, as well as the first volume of the journal Pisma v AZh, 1975) please give the volume number followed (in brackets) by the issue number, then put a comma and the first page of the paper.

Do not give the titles of papers and last-page numbers.

Authors are asked to make sure that all the references cited in the text are in the reference list and vice versa.