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The Astronomical Journal

Founded in 1849 by Benjamin A. Gould, the AJ 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. The AJ serves an international community that includes authors, scientists and students through efficient and accessible communication of the science and associated techniques.

Topical Papers and Special Issues

The Astronomical Journal supports the complete presentation of astronomical observations, analysis techniques, and modeling efforts in the refereed literature. To this end, we are pleased to consider papers that describe instruments, techniques, or software that has been or can reasonably be expected to be associated with scientific research published in the AJ. Examining AJ papers from the past few years can serve as a useful guide. Because the AJ is not currently equipped to review treatments of instrumentation or techniques as research topics in their own right, we ask authors of technical papers to explain the connection to the science and discuss their plans informally with the Editors in advance of submission.

In addition, the AJ is pleased to consider special sets of papers such as those derived from a single program or large survey. A larger number of papers can be published as a separate issue or for fewer (e.g., 4–8) papers as a subsection of a regular issue. Please contact the Editors if you are interested in exploring this option.