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@dircategory AstroNat * AstroNat: (astronat) BibTeX/natbib for Astronomy journals

Jonathan E. Baker
University of California, Berkeley

This is a description of the AstroNat software for using the BibTeX to create LaTeX documents suitable for submission to Astronomy journals such as the AAS journals and MNRAS.

These files are based on Patrick Daly's natbib package, which may not be distributed in exchange for money, other than distribution costs. They are provided `as is' and are not guaranteed in any way.

Overview of AstroNat

AstroNat(1) is a collection of LaTeX, BibTeX and Perl software I put together to allow the use of BibTeX to organize bibliographies when writing articles for Astronomy journals. The package not only produces LaTeX files which obey the style rules for the journals, but can also make files which follow the rules for electronic submission. This eliminates a large fraction of the considerable tedium involved in maintaining bibliographies and citations.

The basic idea is to prepare your document using the natbib citation style and a bibliography style file for the journal. Files for electronic submission are then generated using a Perl script which inlines citations and removes the natbib dependencies.

As of AASTeX version 5.0, you no longer need the Perl script to submit to ApJ. But there is still no bibliography style file, so you will need to use the one provided here. Support for PASP conference series has also been added.


Here are some reasons why this is good for you.

Of course, these advantages bring some additional complexity along with them: you have to use the additional style files here, learn the natbib cite commands, and use additional passes with latex and bibtex when preparing the document (though Makefiles can do this automatically; an example is included). For electronic submissions, an additional step is required using a Perl script to convert to tex and bbl files which obey the submission rules.

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