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AAAS announces new Science Partner Journal, Space: Science & Technology

Science Partner Journal launched in affiliation with Beijing Institute of Technology

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce the launch of new Science Partner Journal, Space: Science & Technology, published in affiliation with the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT). BIT cooperates with China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) which is affiliated with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) in managing the journal.

Space: Science & Technology's mission is to promote the exploration and research of space worldwide, to lead the rapid integration and technological breakthroughs of interdisciplinary sciences in the space field, and to build a high-level academic platform for discussion, cooperation, technological progress, and information dissemination among professional researchers, engineers, scientists, and scholars. The journal's scope includes space science, space technology, and space infrastructure and services as three major domains. Categories of manuscripts include research articles, review articles, editorials, rapid reports, and perspectives.

Dr. Peijian Ye, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Professor from China Academy of Space Technology will serve as the Editor-in-Chief, while Yulin Deng, Professor from Beijing Institute of Technology, Academician of International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the President of IAA Life Science Department will serve as the Executive Editor-in-Chief.

Space: Science & Technology is currently open for submission and will publish under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). Two additional Science Partner Journal titles from BIT are also now currently open for submission. Their titles are Cyborg and Bionic Systems and Energy Material Advances.

"Current demands in expanding and strengthening academic interaction and cooperation within international space fields have been progressively increasing", said Dr. Peijian Ye, "China has been advocating for building a community of shared future for mankind, and Chinese people who work in space fields have the mindset to open and share China's scientific discoveries and innovative achievements."

Professor Yulin Deng said, "Space: Science & Technology focuses on the frontier fields of international space science and technology development, and will publish new knowledge, new theories, and new technologies in space science", he continued. "We wish to build an important high-standard platform that presents and communicates space science achievements for scholars in this field".

Academician Jun Zhang, President of Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), said: "The launch and development of Space: Science & Technology with the support of AAAS will surely accelerate the cooperation and joint development between international space partner organizations and universities from China represented by BIT together with scientific research institutes represented by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). We hope that Space: Science & Technology, as an academic sharing platform in space fields for global scientists, can make new contributions to world space science, space technology, and space applications."

"The Science Partner Journal program is happy to welcome this new journal with top tier partner, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)," said Bill Moran, Publisher of the Science family of journals at AAAS. "Space: Science & Technology will provide a platform for interdisciplinary integration of space research and exploration, advancing technology and information dissemination. Under the leadership of Peijian Ye and Yulin Deng and with BIT's guidance and collaboration, we are confident the journal will excel."

New titles participating in the Science Partner Journal program will launch on a regular basis and participation in the program is kept to English-language publications. AAAS is actively seeking new partners across scientific disciplines. Organizations participating in the Science Partner Journal program will be editorially independent and responsible for the content published in each journal. Partner organizations are responsible for establishing editorial boards committed to best practices in peer review and author service. For more information about the Science Partner Journal program, please visit the Science Partner Journal homepage at: For questions regarding the program and inquiries about the application process for becoming a partner organization, contact


About the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes more than 260 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement and more.

About Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)

Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) has been one of the key universities in China since the founding of New China. BIT now has 19 professional schools and more than 3,400 staff, including 26 academicians, 47 "Chang Jiang Scholars Program" professors, 40 winners of the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, 33 leader talents of the Supporting Program of Global Experts, 4 state level teachers, 6 state level teaching groups, 5 innovative teams of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and 10 innovative teams of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program. BIT has 2 national collaborative innovation centers, 9 state level cooperative innovation centers, state level laboratories and 6 state level research centers. BIT has a strong discipline foundation in the space field and outstanding scientific research strength. It has a number of important space research institutes, including School of Aerospace Engineering, Institute of Autonomous Control for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Beijing), Space Payload Research Institute, Institute of Engineering Medicine, and Institute of Space Biology and Medical Engineering. It also has important national and provincial key laboratories in the space field, such as the Key Laboratory of Flight Vehicles Dynamics and Control (Ministry of Education), the Key Laboratory of Autonomous Navigation and Control for Deep Space Exploration (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology), and the Key Laboratory of Convergence Medical Engineering System and Healthcare Technology (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology). Distinctive characteristics of space science and technology disciplines have been formed at BIT, including guided flight vehicles, asteroid exploration, on orbit construction and reconstruction of space structures, cluster technology of intelligent vehicles, space life science and space medicine.

BIT aims to develop students as leaders with ambition, wisdom, innovation and sense of duty. Currently, BIT has established inter-university collaboration with more than 346 renowned universities in 73 countries and regions on six continents and student exchange program with more than 70 partner universities. BIT is building an international university and has created a global network for exchange and cooperation. BIT has always formulated its strategies in light of national strategic needs and global developments in science and technology and education, and in accordance with its own strengths and missions. BIT has developed a clear edge in technologies relating to intelligent and bionic robotics, space adaptive optics, green energy, modern communications and industrial process control. See

About China Academy of Space Technology (CAST)

Over its progression for more than 50 years, China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), in affiliation with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), has become China's major research and manufacturing base for space technology and its related products. CAST mainly engages in space technology development, spacecraft research and manufacturing, international technology communication and cooperation, and space technology application. CAST has established a wide range of contacts and cooperation with aerospace companies as well as space research institutions of more than 100 counties and regions, including Russia, France, Brazil, and the United States. It is the most powerful backbone of China's space industry. See

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