The first articles to be published in the Planetary Science Journal (PSJ) are now online. Launched by the AAS and PSJ’s Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) in 2019, PSJ is an open-access journal devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories relevant to the investigation of both solar system and other planetary systems. PSJ publishes manuscripts reporting significant new observational results, theoretical insights, computational modeling, laboratory experiments, innovations in instrumentation, and field work in the planetary sciences.
PSJ’s Editor Faith Vilas (Planetary Science Institute) is supported by three Science Editors: Brian Jackson (Boise State University), Edgard G. Rivera-Valentin (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association), and Maria Womack (University of Central Florida).
The first article to appear online is ‘Editorial: Introducing the Planetary Science Journal’ by Vilas, DPS Publications Subcommittee chair Ross Beyer, and AAS Editor in Chief Ethan Vishniac describing the motivation for launching the new journal and the services PSJ will provide to the scientific community. Six other articles cover a wide range of objects from Mercury to Jupiter and an equally wide range of phenomena from formation of the lunar regolith to the interplanetary transfer of material from asteroids to Earth.
PSJ joins the Astronomical Journal (AJ), the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJ Letters (ApJL), and the ApJ Supplement Series (ApJS) as the newest of the AAS’s peer-reviewed research journals. All are produced in partnership with IOP Publishing in the United Kingdom and, in PSJ’s case, with the DPS. PSJ is a ‘gold open access’ journal, meaning all its articles are free for all to read as soon as they are published. Like the other AAS journals, PSJ features a quick turnaround from receipt through review to online publication. Initially articles are being collected into quarterly issues; as the number of submissions increases, issues may be numbered bimonthly or more frequently.
Manuscripts need to be submitted early to get all the benefits of open access without paying the full article publication charge (APC).
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