The Origin and Aims of COSPAR
The COmmittee on SPAce Research (COSPAR) was established by the International Council of Scientific Unions in October 1958 to continue the cooperative programmes of rocket and satellite research successfully undertaken during the International Geophysical Year of 1957-58. The ICSU resolution creating COSPAR stated that the primary purpose of COSPAR was to "provide the world scientific community with the means whereby it may exploit the possibilities of satellites and space probes of all kinds for scientific purposes, and exchange the resulting data on a cooperative basis". Hence, COSPAR is an interdisciplinary scientific organization concerned with progress on an international scale of all kinds of scientific investigations carried out with space vehicles, rockets and balloons.
COSPAR's objectives are carried out by the international community of scientists working through ICSU and its adhering national academies and international scientific unions. Operating under the rules of ICSU, COSPAR ignores political considerations and considers all questions solely from the scientific viewpoint.
Space Research Today has been published since 1960 and is issued three times each year, in April, August and December. The August issue in odd numbered years includes the Call for Papers for the Scientific Assembly of the following year. Thus, Space Research Today is a key tool in communication of information within the COSPAR community.
However, the bulletin addresses not only researchers connected with COSPAR but also other scientists and the public active or interested in the latest developments in scientific space activities. Occasionally a guest editorial, invited article or a space image of interest to the community will be included. Its contents include the following regular items related to space research:
• Information on future meetings• Scientific space mission news
• Survey of satellites and space probes• News from space organizations
• International Geophysical Calendar (published in the December issue)• Articles and Reports
• Information on publicationsCOSPAR Secretariat: c/o CNES, 2 place Maurice Quentin, 75039 Paris Cedex 01, France. https://cosparhq.cnes.fr, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEveryone is invited to contribute articles, letters, news or images of interest. These should be sent to the General Editor.
Space Research Today (SRT) is the COSPAR information bulletin, the publication to which you would want to turn in order to keep up to date on COSPAR matters and on space activities world-wide. It is a mechanism to communicate with your colleagues in the COSPAR Scientific Commissions and the wider space research community, especially with regard to issues relating to the life and activities of COSPAR. To that end, it could not be easier to publish in this journal.
Anyone may submit an article or news item to SRT and, in the spirit of a bulletin publication; we aim to be as flexible as possible in the submission process.
Submissions should be written in English, and submitted by e-mail to any member of the Editorial Team (see inside front cover or the Space Research Today Editorial Board webpage for contact details). Submissions may be made in the following formats:
- E-mail text (especially appropriate for short news or information items)
- Word files with embedded images (in colour or greyscale)
Other formats can be considered; please contact the editorial team with your request.
Deadlines: 1 February for the April issue, 1 June for the August issue, and 1 October for the December issue.
- Research Highlight articles - generally substantial, current review articles that will be of interest to the general space community, of over five pages (ca. 1200-1500 words with figures and images which may be in colour). These submissions should include a brief, one paragraph statement 'About the Author' including an image of the author.
- Research Notes - short research announcements, up to a few pages, with images as appropriate.
- News and Views, and 'In Brief' items - short announcements and news items (generally amounting to one page or less).
- In Memoriam submissions - Articles extending to a few pages, including an image, about a significant figure in the COSPAR community.
- Letters to the Editor- Up to two pages on any subject relevant to COSPAR and space research in general.
- Meeting announcements, meeting reports and book reviews.
Articles are not refereed but the decision to publish is the responsibility of the General Editor and his editorial team.For any questions about the submission process or Space Research Today in general, please contact the General Editor Richard Harrison at email@example.com.