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Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences is a community-based journal, made up of specialty sections, that seeks to span the breadth of an inherently interdisciplinary field. The coordination within our Editorial Board, and additionally between the related journals of the “Frontiers in” series, offers a comprehensive suite in which to publish peer-reviewed research of the highest quality.

The Specialty Chief Editors (SCE) of Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences will work closely with each other and with the Field Chief Editor (FCE):

Lee Samuel Finn

The Pennsylvania State University

FCE, Frontiers in Astronomy & Space Sciences

Michael Thompson

National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder

SCE, Stellar and Solar Physics

Rudolf von Steiger

International Space Science Institute

SCE, Space Physics

Simon Redfern

University of Cambridge

SCE, Earth and Planetary Materials

Christine Charles

The Australian National University

co-SCE, Plasma Physics

Olaf Grulke

MPI for Plasma Physics

co-SCE, Plasma Physics

Lee Samuel Finn

The Pennsylvania State University

SCE, Cosmology

Nicholas X Fang

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

co-SCE, Optics & Photonics

Lorenzo Pavesi

Nanoscience Laboratory, University of Trento

co-SCE, Optics & Photonics

Paola Marziani

Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica

SCE, Milky Way and Galaxies

Jose W. F. Valle

CSIC and IFIC Valencia

co-SCE, High-Energy and Astroparticle Physics

Jan de Boer

Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam

co-SCE, High-Energy and Astroparticle Physics


Field Chief Editor/s:  Lee Finn, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Short Name: Front. Astron. Space Sci.

Abbreviation: FSPAS

Electronic ISSN: 2296-987X

Indexed in: SAO/NASA ADS


Mission Statement

Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences aims to provide rapid dissemination of peer-reviewed, cutting-edge research addressing any area of astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences. To accomplish its goals it embraces a combination of gold open access and an interactive review process focused exclusively on research and manuscript quality and designed to bring out the best of both. To enable the highest quality reviewing, submissions to Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences are made to appropriate specialty sections, each of which have their own expert editorial board:

Open for submissions:
Stellar and Solar Physics
High-Energy and Astroparticle Physics
Space Physics
Earth and Planetary Materials
Optics and Photonics
Plasma Physics

Recruiting and coming soon:
Fundamental Astronomy
Astronomical Instrumentation and Technology
Solar System and Planetary Science
Exoplanets and Exoplanetary Systems
Milky Way and Galaxies

In recognition of the interdisciplinary character of modern astronomy, astrophysics and associated instrumentation and technology, specialty sections in relevant areas are cross-listed with Frontiers in Physics (High-Energy and Astroparticle Physics, Space Physics, Cosmology, Plasma Physics, and Optics and Photonics) and Frontiers in Earth Science (Earth and Planetary Materials). Submissions in these areas can be made through either journal.

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That is why Frontiers provides online free and open access to all of its research publications. For more information on open access click here.

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Field Chief Editor/s:  Lee Finn, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

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