Astronomische Nachrichten (Astronomical Notes)

Astronomische Nachrichten (Astronomical Notes) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal currently published 10 times per year by Wiley-VCH. It was founded in 1821 by Heinrich Christian Schumacher, who also served as editor until his death in 1850. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is K.G. Strassmeier.

This was one of the first international journals in the field of astronomy and it quickly became the world’s leading professional publication in the field of astronomy. The journal was later acknowledged by British astronomer John Herschel, who wrote in a letter to the Danish King in 1840, that the journal was one of the most remarkable and influential astronomical works produced.

The journal halted publication from 1944 to 1946 due to World War II. From 1949 until the reunification of Germany in 1990, the journal was published in the German Democratic Republic, behind the Iron Curtain. Published over a period of more than 180 years, the backlog of the journal consists of 43,899 articles and more than 99,000 pages in 328 volumes.

The journal today specializes in articles on solar physics, extragalactic astronomy, cosmology, geophysics, and instrumentation for these fields. The journal pertains to all scientists working in the fields of astronomy, cosmology, gravitational theory, history of astronomy, space sciences, geodesy and geophysics.

The journal is indexed by the following databases: Astronomy & Astrophysics Abstracts, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, CAS: Chemical Abstracts Service, Chemical Abstracts Service/SciFinder, Current Contents: Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences, INSPEC, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCOPUS, VINITI, Web of Science, and Zentralblatt MATH/Mathematics Abstracts.

Image Caption: Cover of Astronomische Nachrichten. Credit: Wikipedia

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