News Archive

Please find archived news items for the AAS Journals listed in reverse chronological order and grouped by year.


16 March 2020
American Astronomical Society public comment on OSTP RFC “Desirable Characteristics of Repositories"

The AAS finds the proposed characteristics noteworthy and valuable and endorses them uniformly. Further commentary, informed by long experience working with researchers, is intended to highlight specific issues and to reflect on the current repository landscape for astronomy researchers.

13 March 2020
Access to AAS Journals While Working Outside Your Institution

The AAS and IOP publishing are working to ensure continuous access to our Journals in response to the coronavirus outbreak.


14 November 2019
Faith Vilas Named Editor of The Planetary Science Journal

Faith Vilas, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, has accepted appointment as Editor of the Planetary Science Journal (PSJ). This new open access online journal was announced in August by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and its Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) and will showcase significant developments, discoveries, and theories about planets, moons, small bodies, and the interactions among them — not only in our own solar system but also in planetary systems around other stars.

16 August 2019
AAS, DPS Launch Gold Open Access Planetary Science Journal

Research articles reporting significant developments, discoveries, and theories about planets, moons, small bodies, and the interactions among them will soon have a new showcase: The Planetary Science Journal (PSJ). The new journal will publish important research directly relevant to our solar system and other planetary systems, including observational results, theoretical insights, modeling, laboratory studies, instrumentation, and field studies.

8 August 2019
AASTeX version 6.3 now available

The AAS is pleased to released the latest version of the LaTeX class file AASTeX, version 6.3. This article describes some of the new features in this release.

12 June 2019
Publishing is Hard: Behind the Scenes of Astro2020 in BAAS

To help support the community in the Decadal Review process, the AAS took on the job of organizing Astro2020 white papers and formally publishing them in the open-access Bulletin of the AAS. If you’ve ever been curious about just what it is that publishers do all day, read on to get a taste!

8 May 2019
AAS Journals Started Using New Keywords on June 3rd

Starting Monday, June 3rd, the AAS journals began categorizing articles using concepts from the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT), replacing the venerable subject keywords system. Read on to learn what this change means for you!

17 April 2019
AAS Letter to arXiv Regarding RNAAS Submissions

AAS Editors Ethan Vishniac and Chris Lintott address arXiv regarding its current ban on Research Notes of the AAS (RNAAS).

7 February 2019
AAS Feedback Response to Plan S

The AAS has been successful in providing open access to our journals and keeping that access open without additional licenses and paywalls since creating online editions of our journals starting in 1995. Currently, all content is made freely available to anyone 12 months after publication. Individual member subscriptions are available at very low cost, public libraries may subscribe for free to the journals and the subscription cost for institutions is one of the lowest costs per page available.

17 January 2019
Software citation suggestions

Our Data Editor(s) review 90-100% of all submissions for data content and software citation. For many of the most highly mentioned (but uncited) codes or packages, we give authors recommended citations to use.

10 January 2019
Updates to Software Citation in NASA ADS and Zenodo

The AAS Asclepias Project, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announces the release of updates to the NASA ADS bibliographic index and the Zenodo repository related to the citation of scientific software in the literature.


21 December 2018
AAS WorldWide Telescope at AAS233

The AAS’ WorldWide Telescope team has been working hard this year to enable more researchers to use WWT in their work. We’re looking forward to sharing the fruits of our labors with you at the upcoming Seattle meeting! We’re especially excited because this year is WWT’s 10th birthday ­— the first release of the Windows desktop program happened back in 2008. Here is a list of all the activities we’ve got planned. We hope to see you there!

20 December 2018
A Cooperative Agreement with the Journal of Open Source Software

AAS Journals are partnering with the Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS) to provide a more detailed review of astronomical software. Authors submitting papers to the AAS Journals describing code published with a suitable open source license may choose to have their software reviewed in parallel at JOSS.

12 December 2018
AAS names a new Scientific Software Editor

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Steve Crawford as the second software editor for the AAS Journals.

27 November 2018
AAS Publishing Unveils New Journals Website

AAS Publishing has launched a new, sleeker AAS Journals website at Among its many enhancements, it features a cleaner layout, easier navigation, and improved compatibility with smartphones and other mobile devices.


16 October 2017
Scope of Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society

Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society  (RNAAS, is a new publication in the AAS portfolio (ApJAJApJ SupplementsApJ Letters) through which authors can promptly and briefly share materials of interest with the astronomical

24 July 2017
Direct Submission of AAS Journal Articles from Authorea

The AAS and the online collaborative document editor Authorea have partnered to provide direct submission of Authorea manuscripts to any of the AAS’s Journals.

19 April 2017
Animated Figures in AAS Journal Articles

The AAS Journals would like to bring to your attention a change in how we support animations in the online (HTML) version of your final articles. Movies are no longer supplemental material, but are now “animated figures” in the final article.

22 March 2017
Now You Can Raise Zombie Astrophotos

Looking for something fun and rewarding to do in your spare time? A new citizen-science project has been added to the Zooniverse platform (home of the well-known Galaxy Zoo project and others): Astronomy Rewind.


18 November 2016
A Second Round of AASTeX Improvements (version 6.1)

Earlier this year, the AAS released a new version 6 of the LaTeX class file AASTeX, used to prepare manuscripts for submission to AAS journals. Read on to find out what’s new in AASTeX 6.1.

21 March 2016
Preparing Your Manuscript Just Got Easier

AAS publishing has maintained a consistent class file for LaTeX manuscript preparation for the past decade. But academic publishing is changing rapidly in today’s era of electronic journals!

25 February 2016
We're changing

We are pleased to announce some exciting changes at AAS Publishing that were recommended by the AAS Journals Futures Task Force in 2014 and unanimously approved by the AAS Council in January 2015.

4 January 2016
AAS Journals at the AAS 227 Meeting

There are lots of changes coming to the way we publish your research, so get a head start on the new system by attending one of our two events at the AAS 227 meeting in Kissimmee this week.

1 January 2016
New Lead Editors for the AAS Journals

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.

1 January 2016
The AAS Journal Software Policy

AAS Journals have adopted a policy that reflects the importance of software to the astronomical community, and the need for clear communication about such software which ensures that credit is appropriately given to its authors. The policy provides clear guidelines for citing software in all papers, and supports the publication of descriptive papers about software relevant to research in astronomy and astrophysics.


12 February 2015
Changes Ahead for AAS Journals

The American Astronomical Society is unusual in owning its journals, and as a nonprofit organization the AAS seeks to maximize the value of these crucial components of our scientific communication system. Guided by our forward-thinking past and present Executive Officers and journal editors, the AAS journals — the Astronomical JournalAstrophysical JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters, and Astrophysical Journal Supplement — have consistently been in the vanguard of scholarly publishing.

5 January 2015
Recommendations of the AAS Journals Future Task Force

For several decades, the AAS has been a leader in the publication of astronomical research. From being in the vanguard of electronic publication, to our early adoption of Green Open Access (consistent with the subsequent requirements of the government), to a number of new initiatives such as data behind the figures and other enhanced publication innovations, we are leaders. Publication of the ApJ and AJ is the largest and, arguably, the most important enterprise of the Society. It is essential that we continue to innovate and to lead.