Publishing to support the advancement of astronomy and geophysics

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) was founded in 1820 to encourage and promote the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. The three highly respected international journals of the RAS are a vital part of the work of the Society and when you publish with the RAS, your article adds to the public record that is critical to the understanding of the earth and its role in the solar-system.

The RAS is proud of its 200-year history and when you publish a paper with us we reinvest resources into the community to support the continuation of our work.

Publishing in one of the RAS journals means you are helping the RAS to invest in:

  • Organising scientific meetings and events
  • Funding of grants and awards
  • Early Career Network support
  • Outreach for students, schools and the general public
  • Maintaining an internationally renowned library of archives
  • Influencing public policy
  • Representing astronomy nationally and internationally
  • Publishing discounts and waivers
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Publishing with impact

The RAS journals are trusted outlets for your work with significant international reach via Oxford University Press. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), Geophysical Journal International (GJI) and RAS Techniques and Instruments (RASTI) publish high quality research and metrics demonstrate the influence of the RAS titles:

  • published nearly 4,800 articles in 2023
  • over 6 million downloads in 2022
  • received over 7,000 citations in 2022
  • Journal impact factors for MNRAS 4.7 and GJI 2.8
  • CiteScore for MNRAS 9.5, MNRAS Letters 10.4 and GJI 5.9


Publishing with trust

  • three specialist editorial boards consisting of highly-respected international academics
  • a thorough and fast peer review process
  • active reviewers extending to over 6,000 in astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics and related sciences
  • a dedicated in-house editorial team at the RAS
  • robust ethical processes and procedures
  • championing authors from diverse scientific communities


When you publish your research with the RAS, your paper helps to support our scientific communities.