The exponentially growing number of papers published monthly in peer reviewed journals, in combination with the advances made in electronic publishing, has resulted in the creation of several electronically distributed newsletters. Typically, these newsletters focus on a specialized field within astrophysics research and each serve a few hundred subscribers. Since almost all recognized astronomical research papers are published in a few traditional journals, each covering a large range of subtopics, these newsletters can provide the benefits of specialized journals without replacing the traditional means of publication. The Galactic Center Newsletter (GCNEWS) is a recent addition to this growing trend. Each issue features abstracts of recently submitted or accepted papers, shorter commentary articles, and solicited articles of general interest to the Galatic Center community. The Newsletter is distributed as a PostScript file and in HTML format (http://www.astro.umd.edu/~gcnews). Papers can be submitted conveniently in any Tex/ASCII format, and most abstracts are automatically reformatted and extracted. Because of its user friendly style and the ease with which researchers around the world are now able to stay abreast of recent developments in this field, GCNEWS was accepted very quickly by the international Galactic Center community. GCNEWS now provides a quick, convenient, and very cost-efficient innovative form of communicating scientific results in Galactic Center research.
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