Below are some guidelines and help for writing papers for publication in the Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (JAAVSO), which is the main journal dedicated to variable star research.
Most JAAVSO articles are written by amateur astronomers (though professionals contribute as well) and they tend to be short and focused - ~5 pages or so in length. All articles are written in a scholarly style and must include new results. They are peer reviewed by professional astronomers and other experts in the field.
The Citizen Sky project has officially announced the following Call for Papers for a special 2012 issue of the JAAVSO. The call includes many references to materials we have online to help write papers.Read more
Posters are a great way to present project ideas and results. They can be less formal that official talks and offer greater interaction with the audience. As an added bonus, it's easy to take the posters and place them online so Google can index it and then lead people to your promise land.
Posters are often presented at scientific meetings. The American Astronomical Society usually has thousands of posters at their semi-annual meetings. Most amateur meetings and star parties will also accept posters if you just ask the meeting coordinator. They can also be posted in the hallways of schools, universities and local amateur clubhouses.
A talk was given at the AAVSO's spring 2006 meeting about creative effective poster presentations. Read more