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Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

Mark Clampin
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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JATIS is now covered in Science Citation Index Expanded and has received an initial impact factor of 3.5 in the recently released 2016 edition of the Journal Citation Reports. For more information, read the press release.


The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) publishes peer-reviewed papers reporting on original research in the development, testing, and application of telescopes, instrumentation, techniques, and systems for ground- and space-based astronomy.

Topics include:

  • X-ray, gamma-ray, and gravitational-wave space telescopes and instrumentation 
  • Ultraviolet, visible, and infrared space telescopes and instrumentation 
  • Far-infrared, submillimeter, millimeter, and radio telescopes and instrumentation 
  • Design of space observatories including space environments, orbit design, deployments, and communications 
  • Telescope, instrumentation, and analysis techniques for high-contrast imaging of exoplanets 
  • Ground-based telescopes and instrumentation 
  • Pointing and control systems, including design, algorithms, and attitude control 
  • Alignment, integration, and testing of telescopes and supporting instrumentation 
  • Design of ground-based observatory enclosures and site testing 
  • Adaptive optics and interferometry for optical/infrared astronomy 
  • Very long baseline interferometry for radio telescopes
  • Detector systems for astronomical instrumentation 
  • System engineering for large observatories 
  • Imaging camera and spectrograph design 
  • Integrated modeling of telescopes and instrumentation 
  • Optical design and manufacturing techniques 
  • Innovative technologies and materials 
  • Data analysis techniques, data mining, and statistics
  • Observatory operations and science observation scheduling.

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, please read our guidelines for authors and submit a manuscript online.

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JATIS Intro Video Introduction to the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems from the Editor-in-Chief, Mark Clampin.

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Bellingham, WA 98227-0010 USA
tel: +1 360 676 3290
fax: +1 360 647 1445


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JATIS Facts and Figures

ISSN: 2329-4124
E-ISSN: 2329-4221
Publisher: SPIE
Frequency: Quarterly (4 issues per year)
Year established: 2015
Format: Online and print
Indexed in: SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS); Science Citation Index Expanded/Web of Science; Current Contents - Engineering, Computing & Technology; Inspec; Scopus; Ei Compendex
Impact Factor*: 3.500
*2016 Journal Citation Reports®