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Affiliation data in the ADS: a work in progress
15 Apr 2021
We publicly introduced our affiliations feature in a blog post last year, including a discussion of how the feature was built and maintained, and how you can use it in your literature searches. We want to reintroduce this feature, especially...
author: Matthew Templeton and Carolyn Grant   category: general
Introducing the New myADS
10 Aug 2020
Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma is an astrophysicist and the Software Development & Operations Lead for the NASA Astrophysics Data System, based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is pleased to introduce the new myADS email notification system!...
author: Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma   category: news
Updates to ADS: myADS Notifications, Library Collaborators, and More
29 May 2020
A number of changes have come to ADS over the past few months, some of which you may have missed. Read on for an overview of some of the bigger updates to the site. If you want to stay up...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: news
NASA and Open Access Publishing
06 Apr 2020
Introduction NASA has long been a (some would say the) leader in providing open access to scientific data. This commitment continues with the recent whitepaper: NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s Strategy for Data Management and Computing for Groundbreaking Science 2019-2024, by...
author: Michael J. Kurtz   category: general
Affiliation searches: the Why, What, and How of our Canonical Affiliation Feature
15 Jan 2020
One of the features new to ADS since the new interface has launched is search and organization by institutional affiliation. The 15 million publications in ADS have more than 35 million combined author affiliations. The ADS has long wanted to...
author: Carolyn Stern Grant and Matthew Templeton   category: general
A Final Farewell to ADS Classic
28 Oct 2019
ADS Classic is officially retiring on October 31, 2019 after more than 25 years in service. Its replacement, the new ADS, has been in the works for a decade, with the current iteration, originally codenamed Bumblebee, in development since 2015....
author: ADS Team   category: news
User-Developed Tools for ADS
30 Jul 2019
ADS was started in the late 1980s by astronomers, for astronomers, and has long received public funding via NASA grants. This history has meant that we’ve long been open to community involvement, and we’ve taken this a step further with...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: general
Ave Atque Vale: ADS Classic (1992-2019)
30 May 2019
ADS Classic, a pioneer of the Information Age, died at 3:19 pm EDT on 30 May 2019 after a long period on life support. Perhaps the last of its generation to succumb to the infirmities of age, Classic is survived...
author: Michael J. Kurtz   category: news
A Reminder About Transitioning to the New ADS
11 Apr 2019
Update (September 11, 2019) This post has been updated with the latest schedule. Some links have been updated. Update (May 29, 2019) This post has been updated to reflect that the library set operations and the “perform actions on selected...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: news
Citations to Astronomy Journals 3: Journal Impact
26 Mar 2019
This is the third of a series of blog posts measuring the journals that publish astronomy research articles, using citation statistics with a number of different indices. In this post we discuss per article citation rates and how these can...
author: Edwin Henneken and Michael J. Kurtz   category: general
Updates to the new ADS: Affiliations, Software Citations and More
13 Feb 2019
We’ve rolled out a number of changes to the new ADS over the summer and fall, some of which you’ve likely noticed and others which may have passed you by. Read on for a summary of some of the bigger...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: news
Citations to Astronomy Journals 2: Ranking the Journals
22 Oct 2018
This is the second of a series of blog posts measuring the journals that publish astronomy research articles, using citation statistics with a number of different indices. In this post, we examine the performance of individual journals with respect to...
author: Michael J. Kurtz and Edwin Henneken   category: general
Citations to Astronomy Journals 1: The growth of interdisciplinarity
20 Aug 2018
This is the first of a series of blog posts measuring the journals which publish research astronomy articles, using citation statistics. In this post we describe the measurement process and the sample. The tables with the entire data set used...
author: Michael J. Kurtz and Edwin Henneken   category: general
What We Wish We'd Known: 3 Former Astronomers Turned ADS Staff Share Their Wishlists
06 Aug 2018
Though the vast majority of astronomy researchers, faculty, and students worldwide use ADS on a daily or weekly basis, most stick with searching on a combination of first author name and publication year for a known paper. While this is...
author: Kelly Lockhart, Sergi Blanco Cuaresma, and Matt Templeton   category: general
How research on multiple and interacting galaxies evolved: an epistemological and bibliometric investigation
17 Jul 2018
Introduction Authors publish because they want to transfer information. They have been doing so for centuries, resulting in a vast body of scholarly literature, recording the emergence and evolution of a broad spectrum of ideas and quests for answers. This...
author: Karin Pelte and Edwin Henneken   category: general
The New ADS Loses Its Beta Label
24 May 2018
Update (April 12, 2019) Classic’s retirement timeline has been adjusted slightly. We plan to begin disabling searching in Classic in May 2019, with full site retirement slated for Q3 2019. For more on steps to take before that time, see...
author: ADS Team   category: news
Classic ADS and the New ADS: A Look Under the Hood
24 May 2018
In this post, we’d like to give you a peek under the hood of both ADS Classic and the new ADS service. ADS Classic ADS Classic went online on the nascent World Wide Web in 1994. In the early 1990s,...
author: ADS Team   category: news
Bumblebee Updates: Metadata-Only Searches and More
11 Apr 2018
We’ve released a major update to the new ADS Bumblebee interface this week! Some changes, such as the inclusion of a wider range of export formats, incorporate functionality from ADS Classic, while others improve the user’s site experience. Read on...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: news
Asclepias - Enabling software citation & discovery workflows
05 Feb 2018
Soon, if not already, the research lifecycle will be fully digital. Every stage can be captured by one or more digital objects, each of which carries specific knowledge with regards to that stage. The most obvious inhabitant of this digital...
author: Edwin Henneken   category: technical-posts
ADS Bumblebee: What to Look Forward to in 2018
02 Jan 2018
ADS Beta, codenamed Bumblebee, is nearing parity with ADS Classic! The ADS development team has been working on Bumblebee since 2015, an outgrowth of earlier efforts (ADS Labs, ADS 2.0) to modernize the look and capabilities of ADS. While Classic...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: news
ADS Welcomes Its Users Group for Their Second Annual Meeting
12 Dec 2017
The ADS team was pleased to welcome our Users Group (ADSUG) to our home base here at the CfA for their second visit on 2-3 November. The ADSUG meets roughly once per year to hear about the status of ongoing...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: news
ADS Indexes Its 100,000,000th Citation
05 Oct 2017
108 Citations and Counting! The ADS has reached its 100,000,000th citation! We hit this milestone the last week of September during our daily paper ingest. The 108 citation occurred during a batch ingest of papers that generated over a million...
author: Kelly Lockhart   category: news
ADS Classic Downtime
12 Apr 2017
ADS Unavalable on April 13, 2017 The main ADS site at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA),, will be shutdown on April 13 at 4pm EDT and will remain unavailable till approximately 11pm due to scheduled maintenance of the...
author: ADS Team   category: news
Become an ADS Power User!
26 Jan 2017
A recording of a tutorial given at the Center for Astrophysics on using the new ADS interface is now available. Hope you enjoy it! Recording of the tutorial (1h 8m) Slides of the presentation Topics covered in this tutorial include:...
author: Alberto Accomazzi and Michael Kurtz   category: news
The ADS Guide to the 229th AAS Meeting
30 Dec 2016
The ADS Guide to the 229th AAS Meeting The ADS team will be staffing booth 711 in the Exhibit area of the Gaylor Convention Center in Grapevine, TX for the duration of the AAS meeting (Jan 3-6, 2017). Stop by...
author: ADS Team   category: news
We're hiring!
19 Sep 2016
Update (April 25, 2017) All positions are now closed. Thanks to those who applied! Update (Jan 1, 2017) The positions have been reopened, and we will be accepting applications through the end of March, although hiring decisions may be taken...
author: ADS Team   category: news
ADS 2.0 end of life
04 Jul 2016
Happy Independence Day! For those of you that didn’t know, today is also the day that we are decommissioning the ADS 2.0 interface. It will no longer be accessible via its old URL and we encourage people to move to...
author: ADS Team   category: news
Super Charge your ADS Searches with Filters
13 Jun 2016
The majority of queries in ADS are searches for authors. Author searches are simple when the author has a unique name, but what happens when the name is a common one? A search “Wu, J” might bring back a huge...
author: Alex Holachek   category: news
Open Access and NASA Astrophysics Data
16 Mar 2016
NASA Astrophysics is, and has always been, a leader in providing open access to scientific data. With small exceptions, all data from NASA missions are publically available. Indeed NASA has also been the leader in creating systems to make the...
author: Michael J. Kurtz   category: general
Claiming Papers And Finding People with ORCID
10 Mar 2016
If you have published a paper recently, you have probably come across the acronym ORCID at some point during the article submission process. Or you may have seen references to ORCID in your organization’s scientific staff database, AAS membership profile,...
author: Alberto Accomazzi   category: news
Wrecipe for Simple ADS Apps
17 Feb 2016
Underneath the new user interface of the ADS, ADS Beta (or Bumblebee), there is the rebuilt infrastructure of the ADS platform that serves the application layer of the ADS. At the start of last year, we made these services accessible...
author: Jonny Elliott, Alex Holachek   category: technical-posts
Discovering "Long-Fuse" Papers – Physics Results
20 Nov 2015
I ended the previous blog with a list of “long-fuse” astronomy papers and I realized that, since I have similar results for physics papers too, why not show them here as well? So, that’s what this blog will be about....
author: Edwin Henneken   category: technical-posts
Discovering "Long-Fuse" Papers - A First Exploration
17 Nov 2015
On average, articles get cited in a pretty predictable pattern. An article gets published, it takes a little while to get “absorbed” by the scientific community, and then, if it resonates, it starts getting citations. Something along the lines of...
author: Edwin Henneken   category: technical-posts
ADS Bumblebee libraries release
03 Nov 2015
We are happy to announce the first release of the ADS libraries in Bumblebee, and are pleased to see that some people have already started using it. The ADS libraries allow you to maintain a collection of bibcodes within your...
author: ADS Team   category: news
Calculating and Visualizing Publication and Citation Metrics with ADS Bumblebee
21 Oct 2015
For many scientists, it’s all about the numbers and when it comes to evaluating each other, it’s no different. Project managers and administrators also want to be able to evaluate the impact of programs or instruments. As a result, publication...
author: Edwin Henneken   category: general
Updates on ADS Interfaces and the Announcement of Bumblebee
15 Jul 2015
The Astrophysics Data System (ADS) is a tool for finding astronomy and planetary science publications. ADS currently has three different interfaces: ADS “Classic” – the one you all know and love, ADS “Labs” or “2.0” – the first interface to...
author: Alberto Accomazzi   category: general
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