Astrophysical Journal

Scope Statement

The Astrophysical Journal is devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. ApJ publications constitute significant new research that is directly relevant to astrophysical applications, whether based on observational results or on theoretical insights or modeling.

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History

The Astrophysical Journal was founded in 1895 by University of Chicago astronomer George Ellery Hale, who was also instrumental in founding the AAS. The ApJ  was to become the publication of a new branch of the field, astrophysics, that explored new physical laws with new instrumentation. Nobel Laureate S. Chandrasekhar was the last ApJ editor under the ownership of the University of Chicago. In 1971 the AAS assumed ownership. Mirroring the growth in all areas of astronomy and astrophysics during its long tenure, the ApJ is now a truly global journal that publishes over 3,000 articles per year.