Astrobites and APS Announce New Partnership

Over a decade ago, Astrobites pioneered the “Bites” format and has since trained hundreds of graduate students in science communication and writing.  Since our inception, we have authored nearly 4000 articles, covering nearly 3000 papers and a variety of “Beyond” research summaries, including topics such as climate change, #BlackInAstro, and the prevention of harassment in astronomy.  In 2016, Astrobites began its ongoing partnership with the American Astronomical Society (AAS), which has provided website hosting and increased Astrobites’ visibility within the astronomical community while ensuring Astrobites’ editorial independence.

Astrobites is now excited to announce a new partnership with the American Physical Society (APS). Astrobites is a real shining star in the astronomical and graduate student community, and I’m elated that APS sees that and is happy to help us grow and expand.  I’m very excited to see what we accomplish together,” says former Astrobites Administrative Committee chair, Huei Sears.  APS will provide the necessary support needed to host Astrobites’ own Slack channel, provide training resources to new writers, and elevate the organization’s prominence within the physics community.  As part of this partnership, Astrobites will author a few summaries of recent astrophysical research published in APS’ premier journals: The Physical Review Journals (PRJ).  Recent Astrobites coverage of PRJ publications includes “Holy Cow! Is our journey through the universe the reason for the Hubble Tension?” by William Lamb & “Do Pulsars surf on waves of dark matter?” by Luna Zagorac.

Physical Review journals Executive Editor Jessica Thomas says, “Astrobites makes the latest findings in astronomy accessible to undergraduate students and others who are interested in active research. Supporting this effort aligns with the APS mission to promote physics and serve the broader physics community.”

We are thrilled about this new collaboration, and are looking forward to expanding our reach into the broader physics community. New Astrobites Administrative Committee co-chairs Lili Alderson and Ali Crisp say “We are especially excited to introduce Astrobites and our resources to the student members of APS and student readers of PRJ; we hope you feel welcome, and we hope Astrobites helps your research and learning.” 

While Astrobites is still your main source for daily summaries of new astronomy research, for other APS science, please check out some of our ScienceBites sister sites: ParticleBites, QuBytes, Softbites, SciPolBites, and PERBitesAstrobites is also actively recruiting new authors through Nov. 17, 2023 – more information here!

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