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Annali di Geofisica, the official journal of Italy's Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica (ING), was founded in 1948 as a quarterly periodical devoted to general geophysics, seismology, earth magnetism and atmospheric studies. The journal was published regularly for a quarter of a century until 1982 when it merged with the French journal Annales de Geophysique to become Annales Geophysicae under the aegis of the European Geophysical Society. In 1981, this journal ceased publication of the section on solid earth geophysics, ending the legacy of Annali di Geofisica.
In 1993, the ING decided to resume publication of its own journal under the same name, Annali di Geofisica. To ensure continuity, the first volume of the new series was assigned the volume number XXXVI (following the last issue pubished in 1982 as volume XXXV). The journal's goal was to publish papers with scientific, practical and teaching merits on all geophysical disciplines. In particular, the new Annali di Geofisica aimed to provide a forum for articles on the Mediterranean basin, an area that still lacks a unitary frame of reference for enhancing current understanding and developing dynamic models.
In 2002, with volume XLV, the name of the journal was translated into English to become Annals of Geophysics. This change reflects the need to highlight the journal's status in an increasingly demanding and discriminating international scientific arena. Because of its Italian name, the journal was often deemed an institutional publication. Yet since 1993 around 950 papers have been published, two thirds by non-Italian scientists.
Acquiring a stronger international outlook was not the main nor the only reason for renaming the journal. Italian legislation passed in 1999 established the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) by merging the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica with the historic Osservatorio Vesuviano and some sections of the National Research Council (CNR) devoted to research in seismology, volcanology and geochemistry. The widened range of the new Institute's research activity meant that the journal's research goals could no longer be geographically limited as they had been in the past.
The new series of the journal is published by Editrice Compositori and is currently celebrating its first decade of publication. The quality of the journal is ensured by strict selection criteria. Like all peer-reviewed international journals, Annals of Geophysics has an Editorial Board formed by leading Italian and international experts. Currently the journal has around 1,500 subscribers, 600 in Italy and 900 worldwide including 234 libraries and 440 universities or scientific institutions. The remainder are held by individual researchers or enthusiasts.
Annals of Geophysics has the international code number ISSN 1593-5213. Since 1998 the journal has been indexed in Science Citation Index®-Expanded (also known as SciSearch®) and ISI Alerting Services.