Journals in Space Research, Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Acta Astronautica

Acta Astronautica

Impact Factor: 2.227
Citescore: 2.26

Acta Astronautica is sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics. Content is based on original contributions in all fields of basic, engineering, life and social space sciences and of space technology related to:

  • The peaceful scientific exploration of space,
  • Its exploitation for human welfare and progress
  • Conception, design, development and operation of space-borne and Earth-based systems
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Advances in Space Research

Advances in Space Research

Impact Factor: 1.529
Citescore: 1.63

The Official Journal of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), a Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU)

The COSPAR publication Advances in Space Research (ASR) is an open journal covering all areas of space research including: space studies of the Earth's surface, meteorology, climate, the Earth-Moon system, planets and small bodies of the solar system, upper atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres of the Earth and planets including reference atmospheres, space plasmas in the solar system, astrophysics from space, materials sciences in space, life sciences as related to space, fundamental physics in space, space debris, space weather, earth observations of space phenomena, etc.

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Aerospace Science and Technology

Aerospace Science and Technology

Impact Factor: 2.228
Citescore: 3.05

Aerospace Science and Technology publishes articles of outstanding scientific quality. Each article is reviewed by two referees. The journal welcomes papers from a wide range of countries. This journal publishes original papers, review articles and short communications related to all fields of aerospace research, fundamental and applied, potential applications of which are clearly related to:

  • The design and the manufacture of aircraft, helicopters, missiles, launchers and satellites
  • The control of their environment
  • The study of various systems they are involved in, as supports or as targets.
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Astronomy and Computing

Astronomy and Computing

Impact Factor: 2.754
Citescore: 2.08

Astronomy and Computing focuses on the broad area between astronomy, computer science and information technology. The journal aims to publish the work of scientists and (software) engineers in all aspects of astronomical computing, including the collection, analysis, reduction, visualization, preservation and dissemination of data, and the development of astronomical software and simulations. The journal covers applications for academic computer science techniques to astronomy, as well as novel applications of information technologies within astronomy.

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Astroparticle Physics

Impact Factor: 3.203
Citescore: 3.48

Astroparticle Physics publishes experimental and theoretical research papers in the interacting fields of Cosmic Ray Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Cosmology and Particle Physics focusing on new developments in the following areas:

  • High-energy cosmic-ray physics and astrophysics;
  • Particle cosmology;
  • Particle astrophysics;
  • Related astrophysics: supernova, AGN, cosmic abundances, dark matter etc.;
  • High-energy, VHE and UHE gamma-ray astronomy;
  • High- and low-energy neutrino astronomy;
  • Instrumentation and detector developments related to the above-mentioned fields.
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Chinese Astronomy and Astrophysics

Citescore: 0.31

The vigorous growth of astronomical and astrophysical science in China led to an increase in papers on astrophysics which Acta Astronomica Sinica could no longer absorb. Translations of papers from two new journals the Chinese Journal of Space Science and Acta Astrophysica Sinica are added to the translation of Acta Astronomica Sinica to form the new journal Chinese Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Chinese Astronomy and Astrophysics brings English translations of notable articles to astronomers and astrophysicists outside China.

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Chinese Journal of Aeronautics

Chinese Journal of Aeronautics

Impact Factor: 1.614
Citescore: 2.17
Production and Hosting by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Beihang University
Peer Review under the responsibility of Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics & Beihang University

Chinese Journal of Aeronautics (CJA) is an open access, peer-reviewed international journal covering all aspects of aerospace engineering. The Journal reports the scientific and technological achievements and frontiers in aeronautic engineering and astronautic engineering, in both theory and practice, such as theoretical research articles, experiment ones, research notes, comprehensive reviews, technological briefs and other reports on the latest developments and everything related to the fields of aeronautics and astronautics, as well as those ground equipment concerned.

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Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Impact Factor: 4.581
Citescore: 4.77

Earth and Planetary Science Letters (EPSL) is a leading journal for researchers across the entire Earth and planetary sciences community. It publishes concise, exciting, high-impact articles ("Letters") of broad interest. Its focus is on physical and chemical processes, the evolution and general properties of the Earth and planets - from their deep interiors to their atmospheres. EPSL also includes a Frontiers section, featuring invited high-profile synthesis articles by leading experts on timely topics to bring cutting-edge research to the wider community.

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Icarus

icarus

Impact Factor: 2.981
Citescore: 2.84

Icarus is devoted to the publication of original contributions in the field of Solar System studies. Manuscripts reporting the results of new research - observational, experimental, or theoretical - concerning the astronomy, geology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, biology, and other scientific aspects of our Solar System or extrasolar systems are welcome. The journal generally does not publish papers devoted exclusively to the Sun, the Earth, celestial mechanics, meteoritics, or astrophysics. Icarus does not publish papers that provide "improved" versions of Bode's law, or other numerical relations, without a sound physical basis. Icarus does not publish meeting announcements or general notices.

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Journal of High Energy Astrophysics

Journal of High Energy Astrophysics

Impact Factor: 2.282
Citescore: 2.88

The Journal of High Energy Astrophysics (JHEAp) is the first astrophysical journal that focuses on the study of highly energetic phenomena.

Pivoting on this general topic, and in the belief that boundaries in astronomy are naturally fading, JHEAp seeks the most impacting and scientifically sound papers, those generally crossing specialization fields and attracting the interest of astronomers at any wavelength. The journal welcomes manuscripts on theoretical models, simulations, and observations of highly energetic astrophysical objects both in our Galaxy and beyond. Among those, black holes at all scales, neutron stars, pulsars and their nebula, binaries, novae and supernovae, their remnants, active galaxies, and clusters are just a few examples.

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Journal of Space Safety Engineering

Journal of Space Safety Engineering

The Journal of the International Association for Advancement of Space Safety

The Journal of Space Safety Engineering (JSSE) is a quarterly publication of the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS). The JSSE is published using an open access publication model, meaning that all interested readers are able to freely access the journal online without the need for a subscription, and authors are not charged and retain the copyright of their work.

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Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Impact Factor: 1.492
Citescore: 1.52

The Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics (JASTP) is an international journal concerned with the inter-disciplinary science of the Earth's atmospheric and space environment, especially the highly varied and highly variable physical phenomena that occur in this natural laboratory and the processes that couple them.

The journal covers the physical processes operating in the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere, the Sun, interplanetary medium, and heliosphere. Phenomena occurring in other "spheres", solar influences on climate, and supporting laboratory measurements are also considered. The journal deals especially with the coupling between the different regions

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Life Sciences in Space Research

Life Sciences in Space Research

Citescore: 1.86
The Official Journal of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), a Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU)

The COSPAR publication Advances in Space Research (ASR) is an open journal covering all areas of space research including: space studies of the Earth's surface, meteorology, climate, the Earth-Moon system, planets and small bodies of the solar system, upper atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres of the Earth and planets including reference atmospheres, space plasmas in the solar system, astrophysics from space, materials sciences in space, fundamental physics in space, space debris, space weather, Earth observations of space phenomena, etc.

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Molecular Astrophysics

Molecular Astrophysics

Citescore: 2.09
Molecular Astrophysics is a peer-reviewed journal containing full research articles, selected review articles, and thematic issues.

Molecular Astrophysics is a new journal where researchers working in planetary and exoplanetary science, astrochemistry, astrobiology, spectroscopy, physical chemistry and chemical physics can meet and exchange their ideas. Understanding the origin and evolution of interstellar and circumstellar molecules is key to understanding the Universe around us and our place in it and has become a fundamental goal of modern astrophysics. Molecular Astrophysics aims to provide a platform for scientists studying the chemical processes that form and dissociate molecules, and control chemical abundances in the universe, particularly in Solar System objects including planets, moons, and comets, in the atmospheres of exoplanets, as well as in regions of star and planet formation in the interstellar medium of galaxies.

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New Astronomy

New Astronomy

Impact Factor: 0.920
Citescore: 0.76

New Astronomy publishes articles in all fields of astronomy and astrophysics, with a particular focus on computational astronomy: mathematical and astronomy techniques and methodology, simulations, modelling and numerical results and computational techniques in instrumentation.

New Astronomy includes full length research articles and letter articles. The journal covers solar, stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy and astrophysics. It reports on original research in all wavelength bands, ranging from radio to gamma-ray.

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New Astronomy Reviews

New Astronomy Reviews

Impact Factor: 7.500
Citescore: 4.73

New Astronomy Reviews publishes review articles in all fields of astronomy and astrophysics: theoretical, observational and instrumental. This international review journal is written for a broad audience of professional astronomers and astrophysicists.

The journal covers solar physics, planetary systems, stellar, galactic and extra-galactic astronomy and astrophysics, as well as cosmology. New Astronomy Reviewsis also open for proposals covering interdisciplinary and emerging topics such as astrobiology, astroparticle physics, and astrochemistry.

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Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

Impact Factor: 2.156
Citescore: 2.06

Launched in 1968 to fill the need for an international journal in the field of planetary physics, geodesy and geophysics, Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors has now grown to become important reading matter for all geophysicists. It is the only journal to be entirely devoted to the physical and chemical processes of planetary interiors.

Original research papers, review articles, short communications and book reviews are all published on a regular basis; and from time to time special issues of the journal are devoted to the publication of the proceedings of symposia and congresses which the editors feel will be of particular interest to the reader.

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Planetary and Space Science

Planetary and Space Science

Impact Factor: 1.820
Citescore: 1.72

Planetary and Space Science publishes original articles as well as short communications (letters). Ground-based and space-borne instrumentation and laboratory simulation of solar system processes are included.

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Progress in Aerospace Sciences

Progress in Aerospace Sciences

Impact Factor: 4.729
Citescore: 7.25
An International Review Journal

Progress in Aerospace Sciences is an international review journal designed to be of broad interest and use to all those concerned with research in aerospace sciences and their applications in research establishments, industry and universities. The journal is devoted primarily to the publication of specially commissioned review articles designed to bring together under one cover current advances in the ever-broadening field of aerospace sciences. No artificial limits are imposed on the length of papers and authors are encouraged to provide specialist readers with an orderly and concise summary of recent work, including sufficient detail for more general aerospace readers to be informed of recent developments in fields other than their own.

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REACH - Reviews in Human Space Exploration

REACH

Citescore: 0.09
The Official Human Space Exploration Review Journal of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

REACH – Reviews in Human Space Exploration is an international review journal that covers the entire field of human space exploration

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Space Policy

Space Policy

Impact Factor: 0.533
Citescore: 0.37
An International Journal

Space Policy is an international, interdisciplinary journal which draws on the fields of international relations, economics, history, aerospace studies, security studies, development studies, political science and ethics to provide discussion and analysis of space activities in their political, economic, industrial, legal, cultural and social contexts.

Alongside full-length papers, which are subject to a double-blind peer review system, the journal publishes opinion pieces, case studies and short reports and, in so doing, it aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions and a means by which authors

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*2017 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2018)
**CiteScore measures the average citations received per document published in this title. CiteScore values are based on citation counts in a given year (e.g. 2015) to documents published in three previous calendar years (e.g. 2012 – 14), divided by the number of documents in these three previous years (e.g. 2012 – 14).