WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American
Astronomical Society has selected IOP Publishing Ltd. as the new publisher
for its research journals. IOP will begin accepting manuscripts for
publication in the Astronomical Journal in September of this year and will
commence publishing the Astronomical Journal with the January 1, 2008
issue. Contingent on a successful transition for the Astronomical Journal,
the Astrophysical Journal Part I, Part II Letters and Astrophysical Journal
Supplement Series are planned to begin production with IOP on January 1,
IOP was selected after an intensive review process, initiated with the
issuance of a Request for Proposals in February of this year. An assessment
committee, consisting of the editors of the Astrophysical Journal and
Astronomical Journal, chair of the Society's publications board, external
consultants and the Executive Officer, reviewed the submitted proposals.
The AAS Council reviewed the report of the Assessment Committee and
endorsed the process and the selected finalist during extraordinary session
on April 16.
AAS President J. Craig Wheeler said, "We are very pleased that the
Institute of Physics Publishing will be the new publisher of our cherished
and prestigious journals and are very optimistic that our new partnership
will lead to a necessary and valuable evolution of what it means to publish
science journals in the globally-connected electronic age."
Michael A'Hearn, AAS Publications Board Chair stated, "We are
particularly looking forward to working with IOP toward a joint vision of
the future as publishing evolves rapidly in the coming years."
Kevin Marvel, Executive Officer and chair of the Assessment Committee
said, "IOP will be a great partner for the publication of the AAS journals.
I look forward to working with IOP to truly enhance the usability and value
of our journals to the research community. It should be easier to access
and use the data that our authors present in our journals. IOP will work
with us to expand the functionality of the journals while maintaining their
Ken Lillywhite, business director of IOP said, "We are delighted to be
publishing these journals for AAS and we are sure that this will lead to a
long and fruitful relationship between both organizations. Astronomy is a
crucial and central part of physics -- this collaboration re-enforces and
enhances the link between our disciplines".
The American Astronomical Society (http://www.aas.org) is the largest
professional organization for research astronomers in the United States and
publishes the leading journals in the field.
The Institute of Physics (http://www.iop.org) is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to science. Its publishing company, IOP Publishing,
is one of the world's leading specialist scientific publishers. Its growing
output includes scholarly journals, technical magazines, and electronic
products and services. IOP Publishing is based in Bristol, UK, and has
editorial and marketing offices in the USA, Germany, China, Japan, and
Dr. Kevin B. Marvel
AAS Executive Officer
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SOURCE American Astronomical Society