Publishing

The AAS provides a variety of innovative ways to share astronomers’ research and ideas.

What Services Does AAS Publishing Provide?

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AAS Journals

The AAS owns and operates its flagship journals, The Astronomical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The Astrophysical Journal Supplements, and The Planetary Science Journal through its Board of Trustees, Publications Committees, and Executive Office for the benefit of the AAS community.

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AAS-IOP eBooks

Launched in 2017, this innovative program includes short introductory texts on fast-moving areas, graduate and upper-level undergraduate textbooks, research monographs, and practical handbooks. Authors are able to fully utilize new and ever-evolving digital publishing capabilities. Multimedia and advanced features become an integral part of these ebooks, offering an enhanced reading and research experience.

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AAS Nova

AAS Nova provides brief highlights of recently published articles from the AAS journals, The Astronomical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The Astrophysical Journal Supplements, and The Planetary Science Journal. Its intent is to gain broader exposure for AAS authors and to provide astronomy researchers and enthusiasts with summaries of recent, interesting research across a wide range of astronomical fields.

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Bulletin of the AAS

The Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (BAAS) is the publication for science meeting abstracts, obituaries, commentary articles about the discipline, and white papers of broad interest to our community. The 867 science and APC white papers submitted to the US Astro2020 decadal review process are published in the BAAS.

Artist’s impression of a dark gamma-ray burst in a star-forming region; their faintness is thought to be mainly caused by the presence of dust between the Earth and the explosion. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada.

Research Notes of the AAS

Research Notes of the AAS is a non-peer reviewed, indexed and secure record of works in progress, comments, and clarifications, null results, or timely reports of observations in astronomy and astrophysics. It is, and always will be, free to read and free to publish.

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AAS WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables the seamless visualization and sharing of scientific data and stories from major telescopes, observatories, and institutions among students and researchers, through science museums and full-dome immersive planetariums, and in scholarly publications.

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Why AAS Journals

The American Astronomical Society is a nonprofit professional society for astronomers that is somewhat unusual in owning its own journals. The AAS prides itself on the fact that these journals — The Astronomical JournalThe Astrophysical JournalThe Astrophysical Journal LettersThe Planetary Science Journal, and The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series — are run by scientists, for scientists. But, in today’s academic publishing landscape of open-access journals and preprint servers, what does it mean to run a scientific journal?

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