The Galactographic Journal is a non-profit, peer-reviewed scientific journal currently published weekly dedicated to interstellar exploration in general and encompasses planetary science, orbital mechanics, xenobiology, and astrophysics. It focuses on the initial research on newly discovered systems, however.
It was founded in the year 2077 on Sol after the initial successes of the Warp Drive. It is an independent journal accepting publications from government bodies, universities, research bodies, and individual explorers alike. It is widely considered the leading published material on exploration.
By the year 2077, humanity had stepped into the field of interstellar colonization. By then, the existing astronomical journals mainly published detailed findings on important, colonized bodies such as Terranova or Proxima Centauri. Some pioneering planetary scientists and astrodynamists, unsatisfied with the lack of attention on their work, banded together and founded Extrasolar, the first publishing of its kind. It wider field quickly increased its popularity and by 2102 it was one of the top journals in astronomy. In the beginning, it was published twice a year.
On 2147, complaints on the sol-centric name of the journal caused the lead editors to change its name into the more neutral The Galactographic Journal. By then, the journal was a staple for astronomical reading.
The massive increase in interstellar exploration forced the journal to increase its publication rate on the 26th century (2578, its 1001st edition) into a monthly journal. After the chaos in the end of the Second Age, the dropping rate of exploration and increasing rate of colonization allowed the journal to revert to its initial biannual publishing by selecting only the most interesting articles submitted. It also adds two supplementary journals, The Galactographic Circular Weekly on 3150 and Galactographic Updates (published semi-randomly) on 3692. The journal remained in this state until the beginning of The Intergalactic Confederacy. During this period the journal expanded into specific fields with titles such as Intergalactic Planetary and Galactic Xenobiology Review.
Once the Xcathli made contact the journal updated itself to provide for multiple alien species' needs (the Xcathli scientists, surprisingly, had no similar journals). During both Galactic Wars the journal ceased publication, mainly due to fears of information leaks.
The journal resumed publication and switched into a more routine publication, discontinuing the weekly Galactographic Circular Weekly. It also added a supplementary journal, Trans-stellar Navigation to account for the newly discovered Wormhole drive.
With the advent of Project Anaximander the journal made a temporary addition named Anaximander's Supplementary in order to account for the massive influx of data.
For nearly 3,000 years, the editorial office of the journal was centered on Earth until circumstances forced them to move to Uranus' moon Ariel in 5032.
The journal discontinued paper publication in the 23rd century in favor of digital publications. However, normal paper publications can be occasionally ordered for those who prefer.
The main journal is available free of charge to all. However, more detailed journals and local journals (e.g. Galactographic Journal Isan) require paid subscription to access.