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Planetary Science is an ever burgeoning field, rooted in our quest to explore, discover, and better understand solar and extrasolar systems, and the bodies they contain. What constitutes such systems and bodies, how do they originate and evolve, and what if any is their capacity for biology? Such questions have inspired new perspectives and technologies since humankind first began charting the heavens.

I am thus happy to announce the launch of a major, global reference project designed to clarify and advance planetary science in the 21st century. Our goal is to create a dynamic, evolving research encyclopedia that presents a comprehensive grasp of the disciplines involved, and those related; from planetary geology, atmospheres, and astrobiology (to name a few) to research technology and applications, space policy and law, beliefs about planets and planetary systems through history and across cultures, and other significant areas.

The resource will grow in tune with developments in the science and related disciplines. It will feature vetted, cutting-edge overview articles on a wide array of topics, both specialized and inter-, cross-, or trans-disciplinary, while directing readers to relevant resources. As a meeting ground for the science and related disciplines, we hope that it will become a primary resource: for scientists, researchers, university educators and students, other experts, and those interested in planetary systems in all their myriad interactions, and the evolution of our understanding about them.

Professor Peter Read, our editor in chief, and the experts on our international advisory board and editorial boards, are currently at work laying the foundations for the project. We welcome your feedback as we build the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Planetary Science. As it grows, we also hope that your interest in it grows, and that its collaborative character becomes apparent. Please check this site for updates and news about the project, and consider getting involved.

We look forward to working with you!


Sarah Kain
Acquisitions Editor, Earth, Environmental, and Physical Sciences