FITS files in journal articles
About FITS Files
Elsevier encourages authors to upload relevant FITS (Flexible Image Transport System) data files when they submit a manuscript for publication. FITS files will be presented at the at the specific place in the article where the data is mentioned, giving readers access to valuable data in the right context.
FITS is a common file image format used in Astronomy. It is designed specifically for scientific data and allows description of photometric and special calibration, together with image origin metadata.
As FITS files consists of one or various headers containing ASCII card images that carry keyword value pairs rendered between data blocks. The value pairs provide information such as size, origin, coordinates, binary data format, free form comments, history of the data and anything else the creator desires. Image metadata is stored in a human readable ASCII reader, so that the use can easily examine the headers to investigate the file origin.
Non image data can also be saved in FITS files and they can contain several file extensions.
Benefits for the authors and readers
Submission of FITS files in journal articles is very similar to submitting other types of supplementary material.
The option to add a FITS file type will be available at the file submission screen when you upload your manuscript. We invite you to indicate where in the article the FITS file should be displayed by including an instruction such as "Insert FITS file 1 here" in your manuscript. You can also add a caption to your FITS files by adding an instruction such as "Insert the following caption for the FITS file 1: <caption text>".