ApJS Focus Issue dedicated to the Rubin LSST Survey Strategy Optimization process

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement is planning to release a Focus Issue dedicated to the Rubin LSST Cadence Optimization process. This issue will welcome work related to the Cadence Notes as well as unpublished work related to the 2018 Cadence White Papers to be considered as peer review papers.

The Vera Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) will provide unprecedented data which will be made available to all US and Chilean scientists and to international partners for a diverse range of astrophysical problems, from cosmology to Solar System studies and from stellar astrophysics to transients to galaxy evolution. In any synoptic survey such as this one, the choice of cadence - the pattern in which the telescope moves across the sky and periodically revisits each field - is of vital importance in maximizing the scientific utility of the data. Yet, identifying the optimal cadence for a broad range of scientific goals is a challenge. As part of the survey design and characterization process, Rubin Observatory involved the LSST science community by soliciting white papers and "cadence notes". Peer-reviewed journal articles describing scientific investigations that motivate and support these "cadence notes" (available at https://www.lsst.org/content/survey-cadence-notes-2021) are published in this issue as a record of the factors which influenced survey design, and for guidance for future surveys that may confront many of the same issues facing the Vera Rubin Observatory.

To submit a paper to this Focus Issue:

You can contact the Science Collaborations Coordinator @fed fbianco@udel.edu

Is there any information available about submission deadlines for this Focus issue?

I think the focus issue is open for submissions now and should continue to accept submissions until the closing paper of the SCOC deliberations is submitted - a date that is more fuzzy, but would not be earlier than the end of 2021. (@fed?)

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sorry I never noticed the question. Indeed as @ljones said the issue is open for rolling submissions through the end of the SCOC process, into 2022

The Opening Paper of the Focus Issue is available on the arxiv (in the version under review at ApJS) - this paper contains background material that supports all papers in the issue.