# Missing header in aastex package

I'm using the aastex package (v5.2), and trying to make a header appear using the \shorttitle and \shortauthors commands (which take the place of \leftheader \rightheader), but they aren't working for me. Here is my code:

\documentclass[12pt,preprint]{aastex}
\usepackage[left=1in,top=1in,right=1in,bottom=1in]{geometry}

\shorttitle{short title}
\shortauthors{short author}
\begin{document}
\title{Long Title}
\author{Long Author}
\bibliographystyle{plainnat}

\begin{abstract}
Test
\end{abstract}

\maketitle

\section{Introduction}
Text
\newpage
New page test
\end{document}


Anybody have any ideas?

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page 3 of the aastex manual: "This running head information will not appear on the LATEX-printed page but will be passed through to copy editing staff for inclusion in the published version." –  hpesoj626 Jan 17 '13 at 4:00
Wow, thanks, that's really weird... Any idea how to get headers running that I can see? –  zhermes Jan 17 '13 at 4:54
Using aastex only without additional packages? Not really. That involves redefining some macros and, truth to tell, I've been trying just for the fun of it. But I can't make it work. Maybe some tex guru will take a look at it later. Try fancyhdr if that is an option. I have to ask, why do you want to see the headers? IMHO if you submit your paper to AAS, they might not want to see the headers already printed. :) –  hpesoj626 Jan 17 '13 at 5:47
Awesome, fancyhdr works fine! Its for a random proposal (with no specified stylefile), and I just like the aastex style. –  zhermes Jan 17 '13 at 6:20

hpesoj626 points out that the running headers from \shorttitle and \shortauthors don't actually appear on the document... for whatever reasons. As per his recommendation, I'm using the fancyhdr package --- which is working nicely.

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You can modify the plaintop page style that's used with the preprint option:

\makeatletter
\def\ps@plaintop{%
\let\@mkboth\@gobbletwo
\def\@oddfoot{}%
\def\@evenfoot{}%