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Open Astronomy

formerly Baltic Astronomy

Editor In Chief: Beatriz Barbuy

From volume 2017, Open Astronomy has implemented Article Processing Charges (APC). APC covers the publication costs and it is paid by authors' affiliated institutions, funders, or sponsors. For more details on Article Processing Charges please go to the Supplementary Information section below and view the "Article Processing Charges" document (in PDF).

Open Astronomy is a peer-reviewed, fully open access online journal, that publishes research, reviews and news spanning all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics.

Open Astronomy (formerly Baltic Astronomy) was founded by the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy (Lithuania) in 1992 and acquired by De Gruyter in 2016.

The journal disseminates research in both observational and theoretical astronomy, astrophysics, solar physics, cosmology, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, high energy particles physics, planetary science, space science and astronomy-related astrobiology, presenting as well the surveys dedicated to astronomical history and education.

Why publish in Open Astronomy?

  • Open Astronomy is the first, fully open access journal covering all fields of astronomy and astrophysics.
  • All articles are available to read, download and share for free
  • The journal provides language editing for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Other benefits for an author in Open Astronomy:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review (a brief description of publication process),
  • the journal uses continuous publication model - accepted manuscripts are published quickly after the acceptance,
  • tracking available during the entire publication process - from submission to the publishing of manuscript via Editorial Manager System,
  • no space constraints, high-resolution images embedded in texts,
  • authors retain copyright of articles published in Open Astronomy, there is no embargo period on self-archiving,
  • visibility and discoverability: promotion of single articles to scientific and general press
  • immediate publication after acceptance.

Open Astronomy does not have submission charges. Open Astronomy has implemented Article Publication Charges (APCs) since 2018. For more details on Article Processing Charges please go to Supplementary Information section below and view "Article Processing Charges" document (in PDF).

The journal is archived in Portico to ensure long-term monitoring, archiving, and management of the electronic publications stored on its servers.

Detailed information on Editorial Policy, Publication Ethics, Instructions for Authors etc. can be found below and in the Supplementary Information section.

Special Issues:

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Journal Metrics

5-year Impact Factor
Cite Score
Index Copernicus Value
Impact Factor
SCImago Journal Rank
Source Normalized Impact per Paper

Abstracting & Indexing

Open Astronomy is covered by the following services:

  • Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
  • Baidu Scholar
  • Cabell's Whitelist
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
  • Dimensions
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Engineering Village
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • JournalTOCs
  • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
  • Microsoft Academic
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ProQuest (relevant databases)
  • Publons
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • Referativnyi Zhurnal (VINITI)
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • Web of Science - Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences
  • Web of Science - Science Citation Index Expanded
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

All submissions must be made via online submission system Editorial Manager.
In case of any technical problems, please contact us at Ewa.Chmielewska@degruyter.com

Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

  • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
  • focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
  • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
  • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
  • be delivered in electronic format.

The journal publishes:

  • Research Articles
  • Communications and Rapid Communications
  • Reviews and Mini-Reviews
  • Commentaries
  • Letters to the Editor and Amendments

Manuscripts have to be written in LATEX, AMS-TEX, AMS-LATEX. We do not accept papers in Plain TEX format. If additionally a PDF file is supplied, the peer review process will speed up. Authors are encouraged to submit the final version of the paper using the De Gruyter Open LATEX template. For detailed information, please see Instruction for Authors.

The journal uses a closed single-blind peer review system.
Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.
Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards when applicable. See Editorial Policy for details.
Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Editors assume that no conflict of interest exists. Authors are encouraged to fill in the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest Form (available here) and send it in the electronic format to the Managing Editor.
Copyright: All authors retain copyright, unless - due to their local circumstances - their work is not copyrighted. The non-commercial use of each article will be governed by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs license. The corresponding author grants the journal exclusive license for commercial use of the article, by signing the License to Publish. Open Access License is available on the webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.
Authorship: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list of the manuscript, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Peer Review process: The Editors reserve the right to decline the submitted manuscript without review, if the studies reported are not sufficiently novel or important to merit publication in the journal. Manuscripts deemed unsuitable (insufficient originality or of limited interest to the target audience) are returned to the author(s) without review. The Editor seeks advice from experts in the appropriate field. Research articles and communications are refereed by a minimum of two reviewers, review papers by at least three. Authors are requested to suggest persons competent to review their manuscript. However, please note that this will be treated only as a suggestion, and the final selection of reviewers is exclusively the Editor's decision. The final decision of acceptance in made by Managing Editor or, in case of conflict, by the Editor-in-Chief.
Scientific Misconduct: This journal publishes only original manuscripts that are not also published or going to be published elsewhere. Multiple submissions/publications, or redundant publications (re-packaging in different words of data already published by the same authors) will be rejected. If they are detected only after publication, the journal reserves the right to publish a Retraction Note. In each particular case, Editors will follow COPE's Code of Conduct and implement its advice. See Editorial Policy for details.

Beatriz Barbuy, IAG, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Managing Editor
Ewa Chmielewska, De Gruyter

Editorial Advisory Board
Ramesh Chandra, DSB Campus, Kumaun University, Nainital, India
Suresh Chandra, Amity Institute of Applied Sciences, Amity University, India
Christopher J. Corbally, Vatican Observatory Research Group, Steward Observatory, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Marcello Giroletti, INAF, Institute of Radioastronomy, Italy
Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow, School of Physics and Astronomy, UK
Eugene Kennedy, Dublin City University, School of Physical Sciences, Ireland
Maciej R. Konacki, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of Polish Academy of Science, Poland
Ignacio Negueruela, University of Alicante, Physics, System Engineering & Signal Theory, Spain
Alexei A. Pevtsov, National Solar Observatory/Sacramento Peak, and New Mexico State University, USA
Irakli Simonia, Ilia State University, Georgia
Maria Sofia Randich, Arcetri Observatory, Italy
Vytautas P. Straižys, Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
David Valls-Gabaud, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the Paris Observatory, France
José Manuel Vaquero, Department of Physics, University of Extremadura, Spain
Joris Paul Wim Verbiest, Bielefeld University, Faculty of Physics, Germany
Ivan Valtchanov, European Space Astronomy Centre, European Space Agency, Madrid, Spain
Vladas Vansevičius, Astronomical Observatory, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Bojan Vršnak, University of Zagreb, Hvar Observatory, Faculty of Geodesy, Croatia

Luis Acedo, Institute for Multidisciplinary Mathematics, UPV, Valencia, Spain
İskender Akkurt, Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi, Fizik Bölümü, Isparta, Turkey
Roberto Oscar Aquilano, Institute of Physics Rosario, National University of Rosario, Argentina
Frédéric Arenou, Paris Observatory and French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Nasser Barghouty, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Drahomir Chochol, Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
Matt Darnley, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Alessandro Ederoclite, Centre of Studies of Physics of the Cosmos of Aragón (CEFCA), Spain
Hans Joachim Haubold, United Nations, Office for Outer Space Affairs, Austria
Yu Jiang, State Key Laboratory of Astronautic Dynamics,Tsinghua University, China
Johanna Jurcsik, Konkoly Observatory, Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Rajka Jurdana-Šepić, University of Rijeka, Physics Department, Croatia
Pralay Kumar Karmakar, Department of Physics, Tezpur University, India
Sylwester Kołomański, Astronomical Institute, University of Wrocław, Poland
Luca Popović, Astronomical Observatory Belgrade, Serbia
Mikhail Sachkov, The Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Alejandro Sáiz Rivera, Mahidol University, Department of Physics, Thailand
Othon Winter, Mathematics Department, São Paulo State University - UNESP, Brazil
Floor van Leeuwen, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, UK
William Zealey, School of Physics, University of Wollongong, Australia

Language Editors
Emmanuel Gonzalez Escobar, Lancaster University, UK
Julio Gonzalez-Saenz, University of Portsmouth, UK

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Editorial Contact
Ewa Chmielewska