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The Astronomical Journal

The Astronomical Journal
DisciplineAstronomy
LanguageEnglish
Publication details
History1849–present
Publisher
FrequencyMonthly
Gold open access
6.263 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Astron. J.
Indexing
CODENANJOAA
ISSN0004-6256 (print)
1538-3881 (web)
LCCNsf78000620
OCLC no.194559707
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The Astronomical Journal (often abbreviated AJ in scientific papers and references) is a peer-reviewed monthly scientific journal owned by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and currently published by IOP Publishing. It is one of the premier journals for astronomy in the world.

Until 2008, the journal was published by the University of Chicago Press on behalf of the AAS.[1] The reasons for the change to the IOP were given by the society as the desire of the University of Chicago Press to revise its financial arrangement and their plans to change from the particular software that had been developed in-house. The other two publications of the society, the Astrophysical Journal and its supplement series, followed in January 2009.[2]

The journal was established in 1849 by Benjamin A. Gould. It ceased publication in 1861 due to the American Civil War, but resumed in 1885. Between 1909 and 1941 the journal was edited in Albany, New York. In 1941, editor Benjamin Boss arranged to transfer responsibility for the journal to the AAS.

The first electronic edition of The Astronomical Journal was published in January, 1998. With the July, 2006 issue, The Astronomical Journal began e-first publication, an electronic version of the journal released independently of the hardcopy issues.

As of 2016, all of the scientific AAS journals were placed under a single editor-in-chief. On January 1, 2022, the AAS Journals, including AJ, transitioned to Gold open access model, with all new papers released under a Creative Commons Attribution license and access restrictions and subscription charges removed from previously published papers.[3]

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References

  1. ^ "American Astronomical Society Selects Institute of Physics Publishing As New Publishing Partner". PR Newswire Europe Ltd. 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
  2. ^ Howard, Jennifer (2007-05-18). "U. of Chicago Press Loses 3 Journals After Publishing Agreement Is Changed". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  3. ^ "AAS Journals Will Switch to Open Access". American Astronomical Society (Press release). September 1, 2021.
  4. ^ Benjamin Apthorp Gould Prize Archived 2007-08-21 at the Wayback Machine from the National Academy of Sciences.
  5. ^ "The Astronomical Journal at Yale: in Context with Before and After" by Dorrit Hoffleit, The Astronomical Journal, 117:9-11, 1999 January
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