News Archive

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



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

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 Kissimmie 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.