Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
|Discipline||Astronautics and aeronautics|
|Edited by||Alexander J. Smits|
|AIAA Journal (1963–present)
Journal of the Aerospace Sciences (1958–1962)
Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences (1934–1957)
The AIAA Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published monthly by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. It covers all areas of aeronautics and astronautics, particularly with respect to new theoretical and experimental developments. The current editor-in-chief is Alexander J. Smits from Princeton University. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2013 impact factor is 1.165, ranking it 3rd out of 27 journals in the category "Engineering, Aerospace".
The history of the AIAA Journal is linked with the development of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 1933, a predecessor organization called the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences first published the Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences. This journal was published on a monthly basis beginning in 1935. The American Rocket Society was founded and began to publish in roughly the same time frame, with their main publication titled The Journal of the American Rocket Society. By the late 1950s, both organizations shared similar topics. The AIAA and ARS officially merged in 1963, which led to the consolidation of their flagship journals into the AIAA Journal in 1963.