The Present and Future of The Astrophysical Journal

Ethan Vishniac

McMaster University

In the last decade the form and organization of The Astrophysical Journal have changed significantly in response to changes in the expectations and needs of the astronomical community. These include the gradual loss of interest in the printed version of the journal, the need for successful publication of more complicated data products, the increased demand for transparency in data processing, and the steadily increasing size of the journal. I will discuss some of the more significant changes and their success, our major challenges, and the prospects for continued change over the next decade.