Astronomical Journal

Astronomical Journal

The "Astronomical Journal" is a monthly scientific journal published by Institute of Physics Publishing on behalf of the American Astronomical Society. It is one of the premier journals for astronomy in the world. The Astronomical Journal is often abbreviated "AJ" in scientific papers and references. Until 2008, the journal was published by the University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Astronomical Society. [cite web
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This journal was founded in 1849 by Benjamin A. Gould; he ceased publication in 1861 due to the American Civil War, but resumed it in 1885. Between 1909 and 1941 the journal was edited in Albany, New York. In 1941 the editor Benjamin Boss arranged to transfer responsibility for the journal to the American Astronomical Society.

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. Its current Editor-in-Chief is John Gallagher III of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Associate Editor-in-Chief is Margaret M. Hanson of the University of Cincinnati.


* 2005-current, John Gallagher III
* 1984-2004, Paul W. Hodge
* 1980-1983 N. H. Baker
* 1975-1979 N. H. Baker and L. B. Lucy
* 1967-1974 Lodewijk Woltjer [ [ Benjamin Apthorp Gould Prize] from the National Academy of Sciences.] (with Baker and Lucy for later volumes)
* 1966-1967, Gerald Maurice Clemence [ [ "The Astronomical Journal at Yale: in Context with Before and After"] by Dorrit Hoffleit, The Astronomical Journal, 117:9-11, 1999 January ]
* 1965-1966 Dirk Brouwer and Gerald Maurice Clemence
* 1963-1965 Dirk Brouwer
* 1959-1963 Dirk Brouwer and Harlan James Smith
* 1941-1959 Dirk Brouwer
* 1912-1941 Benjamin Boss
* 1909-1912 Lewis Boss
* 1896-1909 Seth C. Chandler
* 1849-1861; 1885-1896 Benjamin A. Gould, Jr.


External links

* [ Official website at the IOP]
* [ Former official website at the University of Chicago Press]
* [ Dudley Observatory, Astronomical Journal]

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