At the request of the Board of Oirectors of Astronomy and Astrophysics (AA), we have undertaken a comparison of the more important astronomical journals. The original reports covered the amount of material published, financial aspects, time delays in publication, aspects of refereeing and rejection of articles and the very difficult question of the overall scientific quality. Because of the general interest among astronomers in publishing and publications we have prepared this summary of the reports. Some of the information used has been supplied by Or. H. Abt, editor of the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ) and Prof. R.J. Tayler, editor of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astron. Soc. (MNRAS). We have limited our comparison mainly to the three journals mentioned, plus the Astronomical Journal (AJ).
- Pub Date:
- September 1988