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Royal Astronomical Society and Oxford University Press partnership announced

28 June 2012

Oxford University Press (OUP) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) announced a new publishing partnership today for the Society’s highly cited and internationally prestigious journals.

OUP will assume publication of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Geophysical Journal International, and Astronomy & Geophysics from January 2013.

Professor David Southwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, commented: “Scientific communication with sound peer review and effective production and distribution is an essential component of research in astronomy and geophysics and lies at the very heart of RAS activity. I look forward to a long and productive partnership with OUP that will help us continue to deliver that aim.”


Ian Russell, Editorial Director for Science at Oxford University Press, said: “The Royal Astronomical Society is at the centre of the tremendously exciting fields of astronomy and geophysics and their journals are renowned the world over. We are therefore absolutely delighted to have been selected by the RAS to work with them to further develop their important and influential journals and to have such high-quality titles joining our collection. We are very much looking forward to working with the Society to ensure the continued success of their publishing and to ensure that their titles are the journals of choice for the best research in their fields and provide even better value for subscribers.”

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, started in 1827, is a world-leading scholarly journal for astronomy and astrophysics, publishing original research in positional and dynamical astronomy, astrophysics, radio astronomy, cosmology, space science, and the design of astronomical instruments.

Geophysical Journal International is the primary solid-earth geophysics journal based in Europe, publishing the results of research on the earth's internal structure, physical properties, evolution, and processes covering all aspects of theoretical, computational, and observational geophysics.

Astronomy & Geophysics is an accessible journal publishing articles, news, and reviews on topics in astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, solar-terrestrial physics, global and regional geophysics, and the history of these subjects.

For more information about the titles, including subscriptions, article submission guidelines, and how to register for free content alerting services, please visit the relevant journal website:

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: mnras.oxfordjournals.org

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters
: mnrasl.oxfordjournals.org

Geophysical Journal International: gji.oxfordjournals.org

Astronomy & Geophysics: astrogeo.oxfordjournals.org


For more information contact:
Lizzie Shannon-Little
Brand & Communications Assistant Manager
Oxford University Press
lizzie.shannonlittle@oup.com
+44 (0)1865 353043

Robert Massey
Deputy Executive Secretary
(Media, Public Affairs, Policy, Education and Outreach)
Royal Astronomical Society
rm@ras.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 3307 / 4582 x214
Mob: +44 (0)794 124 8035

Notes to editors
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs more than 5,500 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The RAS organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library, supports education through grants and outreach activities and represents UK astronomy nationally and internationally. Its more than 3500 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others. Follow the RAS on Twitter via @royalastrosoc