We’re changing

25 February 2016

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.

Starting on Thursday, February 25, 2016, there will be a consolidated manuscript submission site for three of our research journals, The Astronomical Journal (AJ), The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), and The Astrophysical Journal Supplements (ApJS) (aas.msubmit.net). Our flagship journal, The Astrophysical Journal Letters (ApJL), will retain its separate manuscript submission site (apjl.msubmit.net) and editorial team.

Authors submitting manuscripts to AAS will be asked to choose a topical corridor from among seven that link closely to the International Astronomical Union’s new topical divisions. These corridors each have new AAS Lead Editors who oversee peer review in conjunction with an esteemed group of AAS Scientific Editors. An explanation of how these corridors relate to our titles AJ, ApJ, and ApJS is provided here. Authors may consult with the Lead Editors where the corridor to title relationship is not clear.

The new consolidated submission site will be supported by the team at our new AAS Editorial Office at 950 N. Cherry in Tucson, Arizona: Janice Sexton, AAS Editorial Operations Manager, Alex Andrews, AAS Editorial Assistant, and Melissa Mills, AAS Editorial Assistant. Authors will receive expert advice from our AAS Journals Data Editors, Dr. Greg Schwarz and Dr. August (Gus) Muench, based in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, respectively. AAS Nova Editor, Dr. Susanna Kohler, will work with all of our editors to select articles for special mention in AAS Nova, a service for highlighting research published in all AAS journals.

We welcome your feedback on these changes and on ways we can serve you even better in AJ, ApJ, ApJL, and ApJS.

At your service,

Julie Steffen
AAS Director of Publishing
950 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719