Astronomy & Geophysics

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Astronomy & Geophysics  
Astronomy & Geophysics cover image 2000.jpg
Former names
Occasional Notes of the Royal Astronomical Society, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Astron. Geophys.
Discipline Astronomy, geophysics, planetary science
Language English
Edited by Sue Bowler
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Bimonthly
ISSN 1366-8781 (print)
1468-4004 (web)
OCLC no. 46686009

Astronomy & Geophysics is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society by Oxford University Press. It was established in 1997 as a replacement for The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. As of 2012, it is edited by Sue Bowler (University of Leeds).


The journal covers astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, solar-terrestrial physics, global and regional geophysics, and the history of these subjects. It also publishes thematic articles regarding interdisciplinary research, science policy, news, opinions, correspondence, and book and software reviews. Royal Astronomical Society communications about events and people and obituaries are also within this journal's purview.[1][2][3][4]

Furthermore, in keeping with the tradition of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, it publishes discussions of fundamental science and scientific debates. The journal also functions as a channel of communication between the membership, the Council, and the Society's Officers.[1][2][3]

Contributions to Astronomy & Geophysics are not restricted to RAS members.[1][2][3]

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:[5]

According to the 2010 Journal Citation Reports, the journal has an impact factor of 0.339, ranking it 51st out of 54 journals in the category "Astronomy & Astrophysics" and 72nd out of 77 in the category "Geochemistry & Geophysics".[5][6]

Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society[edit]

The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society (Q. J. R. Astron. Soc, ISSN 0035-8738) was published by the Royal Astronomical Society from September 1960 to December 1996, and was produced by Blackwell Science in its later period. During that time 37 volumes were issued. The journal included articles reviewing modern astronomy or geophysics, discussions about research topics, meeting reports, contributions about the history of science, and reports of astronomical research groups and institutes. It gave less emphasis to detailed scientific research papers, which instead were published in the society's Monthly Notices. (ISSN 0308-3322).[7][8][9]

Abstracting and indexing for Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society[edit]

The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society was formerly indexed in:[8]

All articles are indexed, with abstracts, in the Astrophysics Data System, which includes scans of all pages. The ADS bibliographic code is QJRAS.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "RAS Publications". Royal Astronomical Society. 2006. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Astronomy and Geophysics". Royal Astronomical Society. March 8, 2005. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  3. ^ a b c Home page. Wiley-Blackwell. 2010
  4. ^ "Astronomy & Geophysics - Journal Information". Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Abstracting, indexing, impact factor". Wiley-Blackwell. 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  6. ^ Homepage at Wiley-Blackwell. September 2011.
  7. ^ Bibliographic information for this journal. "Library catalog". Wheaton College - Helin Library. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  8. ^ a b Bibliographic information for this journal. "Library catalog". Amherst College/Hampshire College/Mount Holyoke College/Smith College/University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  9. ^ Compiled by John Williams of the Royal Astronomical Society (1870). A general index to the first twenty-nine volumes of the Monthly notices of the Royal astronomical society (Proceedings of the society from February 9, 1827, to 1868-69 session). London: Strangeways and Walden.  OCLC 42319444

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