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AAS Journals
   First and last printed ApJ
   Top 50 most cited articles
2023 AAS YouTube
2023 AAS Peer Review Workshops
2023 MESA VI
2023 MESA Marketplace
2023 MESA Classroom
2023 Neutrino Emission from Stars
2023 White Dwarfs & 12C(α,γ)16O
2022 Earendel, A Highly Magnified Star
2022 Black Hole Mass Spectrum
2022 MESA in Don't Look Up
2021 Bill Paxton, Tinsley Prize

Contact: F.X.Timmes
my one page vitae,
full vitae,
research statement, and
teaching statement.

I provide service to the international astronomy & astrophysics community through the American Astronomical Society Journals (i.e., the AJ, ApJ, ApJ Supplement, ApJ Letters, PSJ, Research Notes, and BAAS). In 2008 I began the journey by agreeing to be a Scientific Editor for the ApJ. In 2016 I agreed to be Lead Editor of the High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics corridor for the AAS Journals; described in a April 2016 AAS Nova article. In 2019 the position expanded to Senior Lead Editor, whose main new role was advocating for the AAS Journals (e.g., the AAS YouTube channel). In 2022 at the dawn of the open access era, I agreed to expand the role again to Associate Editor-in-Chief. I remain a core Scientific Editor!

AAS YouTube:
I am currently the primary content creator for the AAS YouTube channel. Aspects of this service to the community is described in a
June 2023 AAS Publishing News article
August 2021 AAS Journals News article
March 2020 AAS Teaching Online release
March 2020 AAS Press release, and
April 2019 AAS Nova article.

Here are some of the most active YouTube playlists:

AAS Journal Author Series:

Author and Referee Guidance:

AAS Publishing Series:

AAS Education Series:

AAS Scientific Editor Series:

AAS Publishing Peer Review Workshops:
I am currently the pile driver behind the AAS Peer Review Workshops. These in-person workshops focus on key aspects of peer-review process at the AAS journals. Though extensive training with hands-on labs, participants will gain familiarity with the AAS peer-review process and learn how to make better use of peer-review for their own manuscriprs. Be ready to interact with your fellow participants and Scientific Editors. These are not passive, online, slide-oriented workshops!

• Learn about the peer review process at the AAS journals from its Scientific Editors
• Explore examples of referee reports
• Gain experience by writing a referee report during the workshop

On successful completion of the workshop, participants receive a signed graduation certificate.

The first AAS Peer Review Workshop was held on 04Jun2023. A nice starting group of 13 participants and 4 Scientific Editors!


These AAS Peer Review Workshops will likely grow in participant count and number. The next one will be at 243rd AAS Meeting: 07-11Jan2024 in New Orleans. These workshops are patterned on a successful model.

Seven Publication Venues:
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Seven Topical Corridors:

and Ebooks too:

Your AAS Journal Editorial Team in March 2023:

The First and Last Printed ApJ:

The first (May 1895) and last (Dec 2014) printed ApJ.

The Top 50 cited articles:

Evolution of the most cited Most Cited astronomy & astrophysics articles and journals.


image It was a good day. Chicago. 2nd floor LASR. One in an impeccable brown suit and the other in blue overalls, white t-shirt, and Sear's DieHard steel-toe black shoes.


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