Important Announcement: New Editor-in-Chief Sought for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets

AIAA is seeking an outstanding candidate with an international reputation to assume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, which is devoted to reporting advancements in the science and technology associated with spacecraft and tactical and strategic missile systems, including subsystems, applications, missions, environmental interactions, and space sciences. The chosen candidate will fully assume the editorship of this journal in January 2022.

The journal is available online in Aerospace Research Central, AIAA’s platform for electronic publications, in full-text and PDF formats, with features and functionality that enhance the journal content and fully support the user experience:

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the journal’s quality and reputation as well as establishing a strategic vision for the journal. He or she receives manuscripts, assigns them to Deputy Editors or Associate Editors for review and evaluation, and monitors the performance of the editorial team to ensure that the manuscripts are processed in a fair and timely manner. The Editor-in-Chief works closely with AIAA staff on implementing publications policies and procedures, planning special collections of papers, and scheduling monthly issues. Detailed record keeping and prompt actions are required. AIAA provides all appropriate resources to support the peer-review process, including a web-based manuscript-submission and tracking system. A modest honorarium is offered in recognition of the significant time commitment necessary to manage the journal.

Interested candidates are invited to send letters of application describing their reasons for applying, summarizing their relevant experience and qualifications, and initial priorities for the journal; full résumés; and complete lists of published papers, to:

Michele Dominiak
Managing Director, Publications
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

A minimum of two letters of recommendation also are required. The recommendations should be sent by the parties writing the letters directly to Ms. Dominiak at the above email address. To receive full consideration, applications and all required materials must be received at AIAA Headquarters by 31 August 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

A selection committee appointed by the chair of the AIAA Publications Committee will seek candidates and review all applications received. The search committee will recommend qualified candidates to the Publications Committee chair. This is an open process, and the final selection will be made only on the basis of the applicants’ merits. All candidates will be notified of the final decision. Questions may be addressed to Michele Dominiak at

Important Announcement: New Editor-in-Chief Sought for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets