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The Journal of Astronomy in Culture is the official journal for the International Society of Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC).

ISAAC is a professional organization, established in 1996, to promote the academic development of archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. The goal of the Society is to maintain and further develop the professional status of these disciplines by sponsoring the Journal of Astronomy in Culture; forming ties with existing international, regional, and national academic bodies; organizing meetings; and assisting in the development of interdisciplinary projects in cultural astronomy in its widest sense.

ISAAC is responsible for the “Oxford” series of international symposia on cultural astronomy. These are held at approximately three to four-year intervals and are the principal conferences in the field of cultural astronomy. “Oxford IX” was held in Peru in 2011 and “Oxford X” in South Africa in July 2014. "Oxford XI" was held in Santiago de Compostela in Spain in September, 2017. Oxford XII was held in La Plata, Argentina in November, 2022 and was a joint meeting between ISAAC and SIAC.

As the main publishing arm of the Society, the Journal of Astronomy in Culture is a peer reviewed venue for the dissemination of the latest academically rigorous contributions to the field.  As such, it publishes regular issues including research articles, technical reports, book reviews and scholarly comments.  Journal issues are available electronically, but also as bound volumes through UC eScholarship.