The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) publishes peer-reviewed papers reporting on original research in the development, testing, and application of telescopes, instrumentation, techniques, and systems for ground- and space-based astronomy. Read the full scope.
Guidelines for Authors
Authors should read the General Guidelines and Policies for Journal Authors for details about journal policies, manuscript preparation, submission, and publication in SPIE journals.
Types of Manuscripts
Letter: A short technical communication of significant interest intended for rapid publication in the letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed four published pages. This corresponds to approximately 4000 words (excluding title, abstract, and author information); figures will further reduce the maximum word content. A page length template can help determine final typeset page length.
A Letters page length template (.doc) is available for your convenience. Please note that this template should not be used for layout and formatting of your manuscript. It should only be used to roughly determine the final length of a typeset paper. To use this template, copy and paste the text of your abstract, paper body, and references where shown, and do not change font or margins. Insert and size your figures and captions to determine if the paper will fit within the four-page limit. For manuscript formatting templates, please refer to the instructions in the General Guidelines for Authors.
Regular Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended as a regular contribution to the journal. Review articles summarize progress made in a particular research or development area during a specified period and summarize the current state of the art.
Special Section Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended for submission to a special topical section organized by a guest editor.
Review Paper: An article reviewing a particular topic or field. Review papers are typically invited papers written by a highly regarded expert in the field.
Why publish in this journal?
The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) is published online as part of the SPIE Digital Library, accessible by researchers at many of the world's leading universities, laboratories, and corporations as well as thousands of individual subscribers.
- Rapid publication of articles
- Professional copyediting and typesetting
- Rigorous peer review
- Free online color figures
- 5 free downloads for authors from the SPIE Digital Library
- Open access publication at a low cost
JATIS offers the option of open access publication for a flat rate of $960 for standard articles and $660 for Letters. SPIE open access fees are kept low in recognition of the fact that many authors have limited funding available to cover publication expenses. Open access papers are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Read more about our open access program. Your decision on whether to pay for open access has no impact on the review process or the timing of publication of the article.
There are no mandatory page charge fees. If you do not choose to pay for open access, your paper will be published under subscription access control with the standard SPIE transfer of copyright agreement. Read more about the rights and restrictions of these publication licenses.
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