The Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (MNASSA) is the official journal of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA) and publishes material of interest to professional and amateur astronomers.

Research papers are subjected to peer review before publication. MNASSA is indexed in A&A Abstracts and therefore the articles at any level should be of a high standard.

The latest edition, and archival copies, can be found on the MNASSA website.

Contributions to MNASSA can be divided into the following:

  • reader’s letters;
  • ASSA news (Society-related material; news from Council; activities of members, etc.);
  • news notes (local and international news of interest to astronomers);
  • research papers (original research papers on all branches of astronomy and astrophysics; papers are sent to referees before publication);
  • general contributions (typically longer and more detailed than news notes, these contributions are less formal than research papers; these include historical articles, biographies, obituaries, travel accounts, observing reports, instrumentation development papers and progress reports on ongoing research);
  • reviews; and
  • the observer’s page (accounts of the activities of the various observing sections within the Society).

There are no page charges, but it is important for papers to be concise.

MNASSA Table of contents

Volumes 1–15 (Condensed) of MNASSA, volumes 16–62 of MNASSA, all volumes of ASSA, and the Proceedings of the 2nd ASSA Symposium were indexed and compiled as a chronological table of contents (1923-2001).

How to get published in MNASSA

Guidelines for MNASSA submissions

Editorial address


A Style guide and instructions to authors and a Word template are available to orient authors. Contributions may be submitted by normal mail, but submission via e-mail to:  [] is preferred. Please include the word “MNASSA” in the subject line of your e-mail.


Advertisements may be placed in MNASSA at the following rates per insertion:

  • full page: R 400.00
  • half page: R 200.00
  • quarter page: R 100.00
  • classified: R 2.00 per word

Enquiries and copy should be sent to the editorial address.


  • For the February edition: 1 January
  • For the April edition: 1 March
  • For the June edition: 1 May
  • For the August edition: 1 July
  • For the October edition: 1 September
  • For the December edition: 1 November

Editorial board (2013)

  • Case Rijsdijk (Editor, MNASSA)
  • Auke Slotegraaf (Editor, Sky Guide)
  • Dr Christian Hettlage (Webmaster)
  • Dr Ian Glass

MNASSA production (2013)

  • Case Rijsdijk (Editor)
  • Dr Ian Glass (Assistant Editor)
  • Maciej Soltynski (Book Review Editor)
  • Willie Koorts (Layout Editor)

MNASSA Editors (1942 to present day)

  • J Churms (1969 – 1984)
  • D L Block (1980 – 1981)
  • Dr. Ian S Glass (1985 – )
  • J Churms (1990 – 1993)
  • Auke Slotegraaf (1994 – 2005)
  • Willie P Koorts (2006 – present)
  • Case Rijsdijk (2011 – present)