Aims and scope

Astrophysics and Space Science publishes original contributions and invited reviews covering the entire range of astronomy, astrophysics, astrophysical cosmology, planetary and space science, and the astrophysical aspects of astrobiology. This includes both observational and theoretical research, the techniques of astronomical instrumentation and data analysis, and astronomical space instrumentation. We particularly welcome papers in the general fields of high-energy astrophysics, astrophysical and astrochemical studies of the interstellar medium including star formation, planetary astrophysics, the formation and evolution of galaxies, and the evolution of large scale structure in the Universe. Papers in mathematical physics or in general relativity which do not establish clear astrophysical applications will no longer be considered.

The journal also publishes topically selected special issues in research fields of particular scientific interest. These consist of both invited reviews and original research papers. Conference proceedings will not be considered. All papers published in the journal are subject to thorough and strict peer-reviewing. Astrophysics and Space Science features short publication times after acceptance.

As a hybrid journal, Astrophysics and Space Science does not levy page charges to authors that wish to publish their manuscripts under a subscription access model.

Authors can optionally pay an APC (article processing charge) to publish their paper immediately Open Access (OA). The APC can be covered through the author’s own funds, or through one of Springer Nature’s several “Transformative Deals”. To benefit from one of the deals, the corresponding author of the manuscript must be affiliated to an institution included in one of the agreements. The paper will then be eligible to be published immediately OA at no personal cost to the authors.  See the “Transformative Agreements” section in the link below for further information.