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Academic journals on astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology
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Scientific journals in astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology
Scientific journals in astrophysics, astronomy and cosmology are designed to help scientists share research outcomes, receive feedback and keep abreast of upcoming conferences and symposia. The availability of publications not only declares the importance and effectiveness of the scientist's results, but can also be important in obtaining grants and funding.
Professors publish papers in order to share knowledge and keep academic status. Publications in high impact journals are more prestigious than in low impact journals. Call for a paper is announced regularly.
PhD students also need to publish papers in order to show outcomes of research and high level of academic preparation. It is very important for the future academic career. Some countries even have requirements about the amount of articles PhD candidate need to publish in order to obtain a degree.
To publish a paper for students is possible. Some journals would accept high quality research of students. Publishing an article in an academic journal is great achievement for a student. It helps to distinguish among other students, who apply for master or PhD degree. Call for papers are announced regularly.
What areas are covered by scientific journals in astronomy
Scientific journals on astronomy cover all areas of astronomy and astrophysics that exist today. Among them there are both highly specialized journals devoted to one particular topic in science, and journals at the intersection of fields, for instance, The International Journal of Astrobiology.
The main areas of astronomical research are:
- Physics of stars;
- Physics of interstellar space;
- Celestial mechanics;
- Dynamics of stellar systems.
The emergence of scientific journals: the first journal of astronomy
One of the first specialized journals on astronomy, published to this day, was the German Astronomische Nachrichten, or - Astronomical News. It was founded in 1821 thanks to the efforts of the astronomer Heinrich Christian Schumacher. Currently, the journal is devoted to the physics of the Sun, extragalactic astronomy, the search for exoplanets, geophysics and questions of cosmology.
Another oldest journal is The Astronomical Journal, founded by Benjamin Gould in 1849. The journal is still being published. In 1998 the first issue was published in electronic format. The impact factor of the journal is 4.024.
Current Trends in Scientific Astronomy Journals
Among the most relevant and demanded topics covered in scientific journals on astronomy are:
- problems of studying the nature of dark matter and energy;
- research of objects of the solar system;
- physics of the Sun, the study of stellar atmospheres;
- methods and equipment for extra-atmospheric astronomy;
- search and study of new planets.
Russian scientific journals in astronomy
Letters to the Astronomical Journal
One of the most significant Russian journals devoted to astrophysics is the Letters to the Astronomical Journal. It is addressed to students of physics departments, teachers and researchers. The journal published papers in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics, including high-energy physics, relativistic and theoretical astrophysics, radio astronomy, physics of the sun, planets of the solar system. The journal is included in the list of journals of the Higher Attestation Commission and is indexed in the Scopus, Web of science, RSCI. The first issue of the journal was published in 1975.
This is another respected Russian journal included in the VAK list. The journal offers papers not only on the latest achievements in astronomy and astrophysics, but also articles on comparative paleontology and cosmochemistry. Much attention is paid to the problems of astronomical observations and the study of the solar system, including the composition of the atmospheres, surfaces, and also the internal structure. In addition, the journal provides information about upcoming conferences.
One of the oldest Russian journal, existing since 1924. Its impact factor is 1.213. The journal contains articles on theoretical, planetary and observational astrophysics, celestial mechanics, radio astronomy and solar physics, as well as reviews of books and monographs, conference announcements.
International scientific journals in astronomy
The Astrophysical Journal
The Astrophysical Journal is dedicated to the latest advances, discoveries and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. The journal covers important new research from scientists. Articles in the journal are devoted to the study of deep space, the physics of stars, studies of the trajectories of celestial bodies, as well as the search for exoplanets near nearby stars. The impact factor of the edition is 5.745.
The International Journal of Astrobiology
The International Journal of Astrobiology was founded in 2002 and is published by Cambridge University Press. The pages of the journal provide papers on prebiotic chemistry, the origin of life, its evolution and distribution. In addition, attention is paid to the search for life outside our planet. The journal contains articles of leading astronomers and astrophysicists. The editorial board is chaired by Rocco Mancinelli (NASA). According to information provided by Journal Citation Reports, the journal's Impact Factor for 2019 is 2.026.
Earth, Moon and planets
The peer-reviewed journal Earth, Moon and planets is published 10 times a year. The journal was founded in 1969 under the name "Moon", but then it was repeatedly renamed and called "The Moon and the Planets". It was first released under the current name in February 1984. The editor is Jamie D. Gilmore of the University of Manchester. As the name suggests, the main topic is the study of the planets of the solar system, periodic and non-periodic comets, the Moon and other satellites. In addition to original articles, the journal contains conference materials, and book reviews.