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New Lead Editors for the AAS Journals

1 January 2016

As a result of recommendations from the AAS Journals Futures Task Force, we are breaking new ground in the way that our journals serve their communities.

The first step is focusing more on the individual research areas that we publish. That’s why we’ve appointed new Lead Editors to take on the responsibility for their own specialist subjects, supported by a team of Scientific Editors. When you publish with us you’ll be choosing the subject area that you want to publish in, as well as the journal. This will lead to better and more efficient peer review, giving you more supportive and faster feedback.

These are the AAS Journal Lead editors for ApJ/AJ as of 1 January 2016. You can read more about them individually in this PDF brochure


Galaxies and Cosmology
Ethan Vishniac, John Hopkins University, Maryland, US, @EthanVishniac

High-Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics
Frank Timmes, Arizona State University, Arizona, US

Stars and Stellar Physics
Steve Kawaler, Iowa State University, Iowa, US, @SteveKawaler

The Solar System, Exoplanets, and Astrobiology
Melissa McGrath, SWRI and SETI, Huntsville, Alabama, US, @astromel

Interstellar Matter and the Local Universe
Judith Pipher, University of Rochester, New York, US,

The Sun and the Heliosphere
Leon Golub, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Massachusetts, US,

Instrumentation, Software, Laboratory Astrophysics and Data
Chris Lintott, Oxford University, UK, @chrislintott