Manuscript Submission

Authors should use the online submission forms that are available for each journal. Specific submission instructions are available there. Please contact the editorial office for help with your submission.

Note to authors: The Astrophysical Journal Letters is now part of the unified AAS Journals system. Please submit all new ApJ Letters manuscripts through the AAS Journals manuscript submission site at This only applies to new ApJ Letters submissions. All revisions will continue to be processed through

Authors using Authorea and Overleaf can directly submit their manuscripts within the platform. Note that the corresponding author still has to log into the system to provide additional information and finalize submission. See the FAQ for more details about using these collaborative manuscript editors for direct manuscript submission.

Author Information

You will need to provide us with important information about your submission to allow us to process it correctly. For web submissions you will be able to type these details into the online submission form. A partial list of the information you should collect in advance of submission include:

  • Author Names, Contact information, and ORCIDs;
  • Manuscript Abstract and Title;
  • Full listing of Manuscript files;
  • Full listing of Figure, Table, and data files;
  • A choice of Topical Corridor for AJ/ApJ/ApJS/RNAAS;
  • Article Publication Charge Information.


Authors are reminded of their ethical obligations as implicit conditions for publishing in AAS Journals. These obligations include that you:

  • Ensure all co-authors agree to the content of the original submission and subsequent revisions;
  • Recognize that all submitted manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism with CrossCheck/iThenticate;


When submitting a revised manuscript, it is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all co-authors endorse the revised version. You must include a list of changes, and (if applicable) a reply to the referee.

It would be helpful to editor and referee if you would highlight changes in the text. Several new commands have been introduced in AASTeX 6 to make it easier to track revisions. Commands are available: to highlight added, deleted and replaced text; to list all changes at the end of the manuscript; to hightlight changes to the manuscript in response to editor and referee comments; to insert collaboration notes in the text.

Another tool to help you identify and catalog such changes is the Perl tool latexdiff, which can be found in CTAN or common TeXLive distributions.