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Journal of Geophysical Research  
Abbreviated title(s) J. Geophys. Res., JGR
Discipline Geophysics
Language English
Publication details
Publisher American Geophysical Union (United States)
Publication history Terrestrial Magnetism (1896–1898), Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity (1899–1948), Journal of Geophysical Research (1949–present)
  • JGR A: Space Physics (1980–present)
  • JGR B: Solid Earth (1980–present)
  • JGR C: Oceans (1980–present)
  • JGR D: Atmospheres (1984–present)
  • JGR E: Planets (1991–present)
  • JGR F: Earth Surface (2003–present)
  • JGR G: Biogeosciences (2005–present)
ISSN 0148-0227

The Journal of Geophysical Research is published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). It is often called by its initials, JGR. The AGU states that JGR "publishes original scientific research on the physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to the understanding of the Earth, Sun, and solar system and all of their environments and components".

The AGU provides subscribers access to electronic versions of nearly all papers published in the JGR from 1994 to the present. In addition, since 1994, the AGU has provided online e-supplements to JGR articles, allowing data sets to be disseminated and archived along with electronic versions of the published articles.



JGR was entitled Terrestrial Magnetism at its founding by the AGU's president Louis A. Bauer, in 1896. It was entitled Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity from 1899–1948.

In 1980, JGR was split into three specialized sections, each published separately: JGR A: Space Physics, JGR B: Solid Earth, and JGR C: Oceans (Section C). Subsequently, additional sections have been added: JGR D: Atmospheres in 1984, JGR E: Planets in 1991, JGR F: Earth Surface in 2003, and JGR G: Biogeosciences in 2005.


The seven sections are published separately. Their scopes are as follows.


Beginning 1 January 2002, the American Geophysical Union began distributing all of its publications online with papers provided in both HTML and PDF formats. Officially, these electronic versions, rather than the print versions, of the journals are the publications of record. Sequential page numbers were eliminated and a digital object identifier (DOI) was assigned to each paper for citation purposes. After some controversy about citations using a DOI, the AGU introduced a new citation number effective 13 August 2002 to supplement the DOIs. The citation format was revised again in 2004.

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