The monster topical review on testing general relativity is finally published in Classical and Quantum Gravity! This has taken a long time and a lot of effort from a large number of people, all directed and coordinated by our fearless leader Emanuele Berti. Here are some statistics on this review:
- 179 pages (188 in the arXiv version)
- 46 figures
- 6 tables
- 53 coauthors (I had to write the
make-iop-author-listpython script to keep the author list straight, since the IOP style files don’t do this)
- 903 bibliographic references (I wrote at least 4 shell scripts and used my available emacs-fu to try to tame these)
- 1330 commits in the repo
- countless hours of telecons
awks, and other command-line-fu to get the whole thing under the same conventions
- 59 citations before it’s been officially published
- 4.8Mb submission tarball with 112 files
- 10580 total lines of LaTeX (after stripping comments), doesn’t count custom hacking of IOP style files
A timeline of the genesis of this baby:
- January 6-10, 2014: Emanuele’s workshop on testing GR in Oxford, MS. I remember it well because I didn’t bring a warm jacket, and the high temperature on the 6th was 19°F.
- January 13, 2014: first commit in the repo
- December 23, 2014: “first” draft circulated amongst co-authors (the “Christmas” draft)
- January 28, 2015: first arXiv version
- February 9, 2015: second arXiv version, including lots of additions from the gravity community following the first version. Version submitted to CQG
- April 13, 2015: received two referee reports. Yes, somebody has read this thing!
- June 3, 2015: responded to the referees’ reports
- August 3, 2015: accepted by CQG
- September 15, 2015: received first round of proofs from CQG
- September 21, 2015: sent first round of corrections
- September 22, 2015: third arXiv version
- November 20, 2015: received secound round of proofs from CQG
- November 22, 2015: sent second round of corrections
- December 1, 2015: published in CQG!
In conclusion, I won’t be coauthoring another review paper any time
Thanks again to everybody who contributed and especially to Emanuele!