Open Review on an ApJ-submitted Pre publication
A recent article titled The spin rate of pre-collapse stellar cores: wave driven angular momentum transport in massive stars was written on Authorea and submitted to the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ) and to the arXiv as a pre-print.
While waiting on peer review from the ApJ, the authors want to test Authorea as a platform for open peer-review. By going to the document’s page, you can comment on a section, figure, observation, sentence, or the whole piece. The authors and other commenters can respond and further the discussion. And it’s all out in the open, just how science was meant to be.
But it doesn’t stop there. You can also view full-size, high-resolution versions of the paper’s figures, as well as easily follow links in the References at the bottom of the page.
In the paper, Fuller et al. (2015) show for the first time how internal gravity waves, excited in the turbulent layers of stars at least ten times larger than the Sun, can radically change their internal rotation rate. In particular, these waves – somewhat analogous to ocean waves – can determine how rapidly the stellar core spins around its axis when the star is about to die and become a supernova. The spin of a pre-supernova core is important because it deeply affects the stellar explosion and determines the rotation rate of the stellar remnant (neutron star or black hole).
Jim Fuller, Matteo Cantiello, Daniel Lecoanet, Eliot Quataert. The spin rate of pre-collapse stellar cores: wave driven angular momentum transport in massive stars. Submitted to ApJ (2015). Link