Editorial Policies

The RAS journals adhere to an Editorial Code of Practice and the research journals (and major articles in A&G) are rigorously peer reviewed by the RAS. This page summarises the various policies that govern this process, and the full documents can be downloaded below.


Publishing policy and ethics

The journals are also members of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), and adopt best practices based on guidelines from these organisations.

Our journals are published on behalf of the Society by Oxford University Press (OUP), and are governed by the RAS Publishing Policy. Full details can be found in the policy below and in the Instructions to Authors (MNRAS / GJI / RASTI).


Repositories and re-use of content

The RAS also has a liberal policy regarding article repositories, and allows authors to make use of these for articles published in its research journals. Authors are allowed to put original (un-refereed) versions, accepted versions and the Version of Record on their own personal websites, their employer's site and free public servers such as arXiv, with no embargo in any case. 

For full details regarding article repositories, see the full RAS Self-Archiving Policy on the publisher's website. For other rights and permissions queries, including requests to re-use figures, see the OUP Rights and Permissions page.