Journal of Geophysical Research


The Journal of Geophysical Research is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It is the flagship journal of the American Geophysical Union.[1] It contains original research on the physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to the understanding of the Earth, Sun, and Solar System. It has seven sections: A (Space Physics), B (Solid Earth), C (Oceans), D (Atmospheres), E (Planets), F (Earth Surface), and G (Biogeosciences). All current and back issues are available online for subscribers.

Journal of Geophysical Research
Publication details
Former name(s)
Terrestrial Magnetism (1896–1898), Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity (1899–1948)
4.261 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4J. Geophys. Res.
ISSN0148-0227 (print)
2156-2202 (web)
OCLC no.2396688
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The journal was originally founded under the name Terrestrial Magnetism by the American Geophysical Union's president Louis Agricola Bauer in 1896.[2][3] It was renamed to Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity in 1899 and in 1948 it acquired its current name.[4] In 1980, three specialized sections were established: A: Space Physics, B: Solid Earth, and C: Oceans.[5] Subsequently, further sections have been added: D: Atmospheres in 1984,[5] E: Planets in 1991,[6] F: Earth Surface in 2003,[7] and G: Biogeosciences in 2005.[7]



The scopes of the current seven sections, published as separate issues, are:

Each of the sections has one or more editors who are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the President of the American Geophysical Union for terms of three to four years. Each editor can in turn appoint associate editors.[8]

According to the Editor-in-Chief of JGR-Space Physics, "With the switch to Wiley, the separate sections of JGR were given distinct ISSN numbers. This means that in a couple of years, each section of JGR will have its own Impact Factor."[9]

Abstracting and indexing


The journal is indexed by GEOBASE, GeoRef, Scopus, PubMed, Web of Science, and several CSA indexes.[10] It published 2995 articles in 2010. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2010 impact factor of 3.303, ranking it 15th out of 165 journals in the category "Geosciences, Multidisciplinary". Journal of Geophysical Research—Atmospheres was also the 6th most cited publication on climate change between 1999 and 2009.[11]

Notable articles


Among the most highly cited papers in the Journal of Geophysical Research (with over 1000 citations each) are:[12]

  • Cande, S. C.; Kent, D. V. (1995). "Revised calibration of the geomagnetic polarity timescale for the Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic". Journal of Geophysical Research. 100 (B4): 6093–6095. Bibcode:1995JGR...100.6093C. doi:10.1029/94JB03098.
  • Brune, J. N. (1970). "Tectonic stress and the spectra of seismic shear Waves from earthquakes". Journal of Geophysical Research. 75 (26): 4997–5009. Bibcode:1970JGR....75.4997B. doi:10.1029/JB075i026p04997.
  • Parsons, B.; Sclater, J. G. (1982). "Analysis of variation of ocean-floor bathymetry and heat-flow with age". Journal of Geophysical Research. 82 (5): 803–827. Bibcode:1977JGR....82..803P. doi:10.1029/JB082i005p00803.
  • Minster, J. B.; Jordan, T. H. (1983). "Present-day plate motions". Journal of Geophysical Research. 83 (NB11): 5331–5354. Bibcode:1978JGR....83.5331M. doi:10.1029/JB083iB11p05331. hdl:2060/19780016766.
  • Alex Guenther; C. Nicholas Hewitt; David Erickson; Ray Fall; Chris Geron; Tom Graedel; Peter Harley; Lee Klinger; Manuel Lerdau; W. A. Mckay; Tom Pierce; Bob Scholes; Rainer Steinbrecher; Raja Tallamraju; John Taylor; Pat Zimmerman (1995). "A global model of natural volatile organic compound emissions". Journal of Geophysical Research. 100 (D5): 8873–8892. Bibcode:1995JGR...100.8873G. doi:10.1029/94JD02950. S2CID 42852605.
  • Kennel, C. F.; Petschek, H. E. (1966). "Limit on stably trapped particle fluxes". Journal of Geophysical Research. 71 (1): 1–28. Bibcode:1966JGR....71....1K. doi:10.1029/JZ071i001p00001. hdl:2060/19660001589.
  • Birch, F. (1952). "Elasticity and constitution of the Earth interior". Journal of Geophysical Research. 57 (2): 227–286. Bibcode:1952JGR....57..227B. doi:10.1029/JZ057i002p00227.

See also



  1. ^ "Journal of Geophysical Research homepage". American Geophysical Union. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Terrestrial Magnetism Volumes 1(1896)–3(1898)". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. ^ Good, Gregory A. (September 2000). "The Assembly of Geophysics: Scientific Disciplines as Frameworks of Consensus". Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics. 31 (3): 259–292. Bibcode:2000SHPMP..31..259G. doi:10.1016/S1355-2198(00)00018-6.
  4. ^ "Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity Volumes 4 (1899)–14 (1909)". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Journal of Geophysical Research Volumes 85 (1980)–94 (1989)". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Journal of Geophysical Research Volumes 95 (1990)–104 (1999)". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Journal of Geophysical Research Volumes 105 (2000)–114 (2009)". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  8. ^ "About AGU Journal Editors". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  9. ^ "July | 2014 | Notes from the JGR-Space Physics Editor-in-Chief".
  10. ^ "Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory". Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  11. ^ Christopher King. "Warming Planet, Hot Research". Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Web of Science". Archived from the original on 2011-07-01. Retrieved 1 July 2011.