Astronomy & Geophysics (A&G) is a scientific journal and trade magazine published on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) by Oxford University Press. It publishes a mixture of content of interest to astronomers and geophysicists: news reports, interviews, topical reviews, historical investigations, obituaries, meeting reports and updates on the activities of the RAS. Full-length articles are peer reviewed.

A&G was formed in 1997 as a 'glossy' replacement for the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society (QJRAS; 1960–1996); it continues the same volume numbering from QJRAS. Since its inception and as of 2018 the editor is Sue Bowler of the 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.[2][3][4][5]

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.[2][3][4]

Contributions to Astronomy & Geophysics are not restricted to RAS members.[2][3][4]
Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:[6]

Academic Search (including Academic Search Elite and Academic Search Premier)
Current Contents/Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Meteorological & Geoastrophysical Abstracts
ProQuest 5000
Science Citation Index

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".[6][7]
Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society
The front cover of an edition of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society

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).[8][9][10]

Before 1960 the Royal Astronomical Society had published proceedings of its activities in its Monthly Notices alongside research papers, and published research reviews in its Occasional Notes. The Quarterly Journal was established in 1960 to free the Monthly Notices to concentrate on original research, and the Occasional Notes were discontinued.
Editors of the Quarterly Journal

David Dewhirst, 1960–1965
C. Andrew Murray, 1965–1970
A. Jack Meadows, 1970–1975
Simon Mitton, 1976–1980
David W. Hughes, 1981–1985
George H. A. Coles, 1986–1991
Robert C. Smith, 1992–1995
David W. Hughes, 1996.[11]

Abstracting and indexing for Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society

The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society was formerly indexed in:[9]

International Aerospace Abstracts
Computer & Control Abstracts
Electrical & Electronics Abstracts
Physics Abstracts. Science Abstracts. Series A
Chemical Abstracts

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

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Geophysical Journal International


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