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Handbook of Supernovae - Section 5 - Guide for Authors

The book is a reference work called Handbook of Supernovae, a large professional volume written as an aid to astrophysical research and consisting of about 120 articles. A number of astronomers and astrophysicists, specialists in the field, have agreed to be members of a board of editors for this book, and planned thecontents of each section, including proposed authors.

Our Section 5 is constructed from the following Chapters

  1. Lightcurves powered by radioactivity : type Ia and Ibc supernovae (Bersten & Mazzali) Plan here
  2. Lightcurves of type II supernovae (Zampieri) Plan here
  3. Spectra of supernovae during the photospheric phase (Sim) Plan here
  4. Nebular spectra of supernovae (Jerkstrand) Plan here
  5. Interacting supernovae and the influence on spectra and lightcurves (Blinnikov) Plan here
  6. X-ray and radio emission from circumstellar interaction (Chevalier & Fransson) Plan here
  7. Unusual supernovae and alternative power sources (Kasen) Plan
  8. Shock breakout theory (Waxman & Katz) Plan
  9. Polarisation of supernovae (Patat)

Updated schedule :

  1. Outlines by 6th November 2015
  2. Submission by 1st December 2015

The book will be published electronically article by article, and publication of your early submission would not be delayed by later ones.

You will have received formal communication about how to submit your article and administrative issues. This page is for science content discussion

FAQ and common issues

Nando Patat (20150629) : "One question. Should we keep the contribution handbook-style? Meaning : should it be an introduction to how things are done, including [at least] some practical aspects, rather than a mere review of results?"

SJS reply : "Yes, it should definitely be handbook style and advanced postgraduate teaching level - not a review of results."

Nando Patat (20150629) : For what concerns polarimetry, I'd propose an excursion through the techniques and the problems one has to face to address the physical problem of SN geometry from an experimental point of view.

SJS reply : sounds exactly right. Think what you would want your research students to learn before you gave them their first specpol data set to look at.

Nando Patat (20150629) : "The next step is the interpretation of the polarization signal for which, I guess, a link to theory is required. Ideally this would be done within the book, but if no other contribution covers this aspect (I guess that Dan would be the right person for tackling this) I will briefly cover it"

SJS reply : "To be self-contained, some link to interpretation and theory would be necessary. It is not covered specifically in any of the other Chapters, so please do include"

Melina Bersten (20151022) : "Should references and citations be included ? Is this appropriate style ?"

SJS reply : "I double checked this with Paul Murdin. On the one hand this is meant to be pedagogic, with standard accepted physics. But it should be a bit more than a text book, and aimed at advanced postgrads and researchers. The inclusion or not of citations is a key aspect that sets the tone. We don’t want it peppered with citations, like a normal scientific paper. But on the other hand, references to origins of theories and more detailed reading are often very helpful to the reader and indeed are appropriate and necessary to establish origins of theory/experiment. Here are the specific guidelines, which all authors should have :

"This reference work is a digested work of literature written at a pedagogic level – therefore please cite review papers or classic/original papers to provide established information, but do not reference all the literature you use, especially if it hinders the reader’s flow of understanding."

In summary - use some citations as appropriate, but don't use as much as you would in a review paper."

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