AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXX, No. 1, Spring 1998


New Journal for History of Astronomy

Following extensive discussions at the recent General Assembly of the International Astronomic Union, a research publication titled the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage will be launched in 1998. It will provide an alternative outlet for those who liked to publish historical material in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society and Vistas in Astronomy.

JAH2 will be published twice yearly, in June and December, and will feature review papers, research papers, short communications, and book reviews. Papers on ALL aspects of astronomical history will be considered, including studies which place the evolution of astronomy in political, economic and cultural context. Papers on astronomical heritage may deal with historic telescopes and observatories, conservation projects (including the conversion of historic observatories into museums of astronomy) and historical or industrial archaeological investigations of astronomical sites or buildings. All papers will be refereed prior to publication.

The Managing Editor of the new journal is John L. Perdrix, from Perth, Australia, who is closing down the Australian Journal of Astronomy in order to activate the new journal. The Papers Editor is Wayne Orchiston, Executive Director of the Carter Observatory (the National Observatory of New Zealand). An international Editorial Board is in the process of being formed.

Queries regarding subscriptions, book reviews and production of the new journal should be directed to Mr. J. Perdrix at Astral Press, PO Box 107, Wembley, WA 6014, Australia; e-mail Queries regarding papers should be directed to Dr. W. Orchiston at the Carter Observatory, PO Box 2909, Wellington, New Zealand; e-mail

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