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Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Since: 1963
Editor: Blandford, R.
Publisher: Annual Reviews
Frequency: yearly

The Review serves to synthesize and filter primary research to identify the principal contributions in the fields of astrophysics and astronomy; it is also noted as being the best way for a professional to review current information.

American Scientist.
Since: 1913
Editor: Reid, R.
Publisher: Sigma XI, Scientific Research Society in North Carolina
Frequency: bimonthly

American Scientist is an illustrated bimonthly magazine about science and technology. Each issue is filled with feature articles written by prominent scientists and engineers, reviewing important work in fields that range from molecular biology to computer engineering. The articles are carefully edited and accompanied by illustrations that are developed to enhance the reader’s understanding and enjoyment.

The Astronomical Journal. ?
Since: 1849
Editor: Gallagher, J.S.
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing, Inc.
Frequency: monthly

The Astronomical Journal publishes original astronomical research, with an emphasis on significant scientific results derived from observations, including descriptions of data capture, surveys, analysis techniques, and astrophysical interpretation. It takes a broad view of astronomy, extending from the solar system to observational cosmology with a tradition of papers discussing dynamical processes.

Astronomy Education Review.
Since: 2002
Editor: Fraknoi, A. & Wolff, S.C.
Publisher: National Optical Astronomy Observatory
Frequency: biyearly

The goal of the creators is to design a site that makes it easy to find, read about, and use new ideas and resources for teaching and outreach in astronomy and space sciences.? The Astronomy Education Review is a journal/website that provides a meeting place for all who are engaged in astronomy and space science education, in either formal or informal settings.

Astronomy & Geophysics.
Since: 1960
Editor: Bowler, S.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. In the U.K.
Frequency: bimonthly

Aims to publish concise reviews of recent scientific progress, written by active researchers and those involved in the development of the field.

The Astrophysical Journal.
Since: 1895
Editor: Vishniac, E.T.
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing, Inc.
Frequency: 36 times a year

This journal is devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. Many of the classic discoveries of the twentieth century have first been reported in the Journal, which has also presented much of the important recent work on quasars, pulsars, neutron stars, black holes, solar and stellar magnetic fields, X-rays, and interstellar matter. In addition, videos that complement specific issues are periodically available.

International Astronomical Union (IAU): Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT)
Since: 1882
Publisher: IAU at Harvard

Provides headlines from recent CBAT publications, various dates of IAU Circulars (IAUCs) including an index of item titles, online Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (CBETs). 200 most recent IAUCs and 50 CEBTs available free online.

The CBAT is responsible for the dissemination of information on transient astronomical events and various IAU news including the announcement of designations and names of various celestial objects.? The CBAT is the official worldwide clearinghouse for new discoveries of comets, solar-system satellites, novae, supernovae, and other transient astronomical events. It aims to serve the astronomical community in the spirit of the mandate of the Smithsonian Institution: to aid in the increase and diffusion of knowledge; as such, together with its sister projects (the Minor Planet Center and the International Comet Quarterly), the CBAT serves to lead the SAO in this mandate in terms of public visibility.

ICARUS: International Journal of Solar System Studies.
Since: 1962
Editor: Nicholson, P.D.
Publisher: Elsevier
Frequency: 12 times a year

ICARUS is the official publication of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and is dedicated to 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.? ICARUS provides facilities for electronic submission of manuscripts and reviews and for password-protected electronic access to manuscripts for authors and reviewers; and while the publication is only available in print some papers are available online.

Information Bulletin on Variable Stars.
Since: 1961
Editor: Olah, K. and Jurcsik, J.
Publisher: Konkoly Observatory in Budapest Hungary

Available online for free from 1961 to current issue, this journal is published by the Konkoly Observatory in Hungary.? Search options include table of contents and full text.

Since: 1994
Editor: Deans, P.
Publisher: Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Frequency: bimonthly

Published continuously since 1994 this, now all digital, magazine features articles showcasing the latest developments in astronomy, as well as society news and monthly sky events.? Mercury is the quarterly membership magazine of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and covers an eclectic range of topics, from the latest science developments to history, education, observing, archaeoastronomy, and culture. Most Mercury articles are written by leading experts in their respective fields.

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Since: 1827
Editor: Carswell, R.F., et al.
Publisher: Royal Astronomical Society
Frequency: 36 times a year

Monthly Notices is one of the world’s leading primary research journals in astronomy and astrophysics, as well as one of the longest established. It publishes the results of original research in positional and dynamical astronomy, astrophysics, radio astronomy, cosmology, space research and the design of astronomical instruments.

Monthly Notices welcomes submissions from astronomers world-wide; two thirds of its content originates from outside the UK. It is run entirely by astronomers and, receiving no financial support from anywhere, makes its decision to publish only on scientific judgements. Papers are rigorously refereed and fully linked to the ADS database, so they have a high impact.

Since: 1869
Editor: Campbell, P.
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group in the U.K.
Frequency: weekly

Nature is an international journal publishing peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions. Nature also provides rapid, authoritative, insightful and arresting news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public.

New Astronomy.
Since: 1996
Editor:?Brunetti, G.
Publisher: Elsevier, Inc.
Frequency: 8 times a year

New Astronomy publishes articles in all fields of astronomy and astrophysics: theoretical, observational and instrumental.? 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.

NOAO Newsletter. .
Since: 1992
Publisher: National Optical Astronomy Observatory/National Solar Observatory
Frequency: quarterly

Publishes discoveries and sighting from the NOAO telescope and information involving the observatory.? Issues since June 1992 are available online for free.

NRAO Newsletter. .
Editor:?Adams, M.T.
Publisher: National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA
Frequency: quarterly

Publishes discoveries and sightings from the NRAO telescope and information involving the observatory.? Issues since 1992 available online for free.

Since: 1880
Editor: Albert, B.
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington D.C.
Frequency: weekly

In content the journal is truly international in scope; some 35 to 40 percent of the corresponding authors on its papers are based outside the United States. Its articles consistently rank among world’s most cited research. Whether you’re concerned with AIDS, SARS, genomic medicine, Mars, or global warming, or just want to keep abreast of where the scientific world is and where it’s going, you will find something in Science.

The Scientist.
Since: 1986
Editor: Gallagher, R.
Publisher: The Scientist, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA
Frequency: monthly

The Scientist is a magazine for life science professionals; it provides accessible information on research, technology, careers and business.

Sky and Telescope.
Since: 1941
Editor: Naeye, R.
Publisher: Sky Publishing in Cambridge, MA
Frequency: monthly

This magazine provides observation tips along with sky charts and instructions, equipment advice from the product team and field-test reviewers, and news reporting.

Union List of Astronomy Serials Index (2nd Ed).
Since: 1994
Editor: Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division of SLA
Publisher: Special Libraries Association (SLA)

The Union List of Astronomy Serials (ULAS), 2nd edition, is composed of bibliographic information for (primarily) non-commercial publications of observatories and institutions concerned with research in astronomy. To each of the approximately 2300 titles included are appended the holding records of 42 contributing libraries, representing the most comprehensive astronomical collections in North America, with selected holdings from China, Europe, India, and South America as well.

IntroductionAtlases and BiographiesDatabasesJournalsObservatories and OrganizationsReference WorksWeb Resources

This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Kali Morse ? 2009. She can be contacted at