Advances in Astronomy
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Responses and Periodic Variations of Cosmic Ray Intensity and Solar Wind Speed to Sunspot Numbers

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Advances in Astronomy publishes in all areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology, and accepts observational and theoretical investigations into celestial objects and the wider universe.

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Chief Editor, Professor Trigo-Rodríguez (ICE, IEEC-CSIC), has a background in the formation of primitive solar system minor bodies, the study of their fragments in space and the analysis of their surviving rocks that arrived on the Earth.

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Advances in Astronomy
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Acceptance rate13%
Submission to final decision32 days
Acceptance to publication28 days
CiteScore1.250
Impact Factor2.542
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