MNRAS moves online-only after almost 200 years of print

Image of the journal article reporting sunspots seen in the Carrington Event of 1859
MNRAS vol. 20, Issue 1, November 1859, Pages 13–15 (, containing the original report of the Carrington Event. This event in September 1859, caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun during solar cycle 10, resulted in widespread disruption to telegraph systems and aurorae seen as far south as the Caribbean. A solar storm of similar magnitude occurring today would be expected to cause extended blackouts and significant damage to the electrical grid.
Royal Astronomical Society

The RAS would like to announce that, after 193 years in print, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS) has now moved to online-only publication.

In recent years, the demand for print has dwindled and very few choose to access the journal in this way. The online version of the journal offers a number of features that can’t be offered in print, such as animations, usage information and citation data, reference linking, and the Advance Access feature for access to the most recently published articles, and is more environmentally friendly.

This change was originally scheduled for 2021 but due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was brought forward to 2020.

The last issue of MNRAS to be published in print was Vol. 493/2. Current subscribers to the print version of MNRAS will be offered an online-only renewal for their 2021 subscription. Any subscribers who were due to receive the print version as part of their 2020 subscription will be contacted shortly by Oxford University Press Customer Services.