From the five science chapters in my PhD thesis, only three had so far been published as regular papers. I submitted one of the remaining chapters as a paper last autumn, and I got word today that it’s accepted as a paper in Astronomy & Astrophysics. It’s the least chemical of the five chapters; five years ago, as an undergraduate student in chemistry, I wouldn’t have had a clue what it’s about.
The final unpublished chapter will hopefully lose its unpublished status later this year. I know how I want to convert it into an A&A paper, but that won’t happen until the summer. First I have to finish a modelling paper I’m currently writing for the “Water In Star-forming regions with Herschel” (WISH) key program on the Herschel Space Observatory. Meanwhile, I’m also co-author on a series of papers showcasing the first results from the WISH program. The first six such papers, submitted late March, are accepted by now or will be soon. The next batch (possibly containing as many as twelve papers!) is due for submission on May 31st. There’s still tons of work to be done on those, so it’s going to be a very busy month. Then again, seeing the beautiful results makes it all worth it. Here’s a couple of highlights released this week at the Herschel First Results Conference at ESA/ESTEC: