Eos has a solid history of delivering Earth and space science news, research, and announcements to members of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
The tabloid version of Eos served the AGU membership well for nearly 4 decades, but in today’s fast-paced digital age we knew that the Earth and space science community needed and expected more. In December 2014, AGU launched Eos.org and made it freely available to all.
In January 2015, the new Eos magazine was launched to serve as the website’s companion for only AGU members. In 2017, the magazine will become a monthly publication.
Over the past 2 years, Eos.org has been read by more than 900,000 people, with online users increasing by 95% from 2015 to 2016. The number of AGU members choosing to subscribe to the magazine has grown as well. Eos has received numerous accolades, including a gold medal from Association Trends for most improved magazine or journal, a silver medal from Association Media & Publishing for Web publishing design, and the Interactive Media Award for the best in class for the science and technology category.
After a year of careful consideration about how to continue to grow Eos and expand the impact and value of the Web presence and the magazine, Eos magazine will change from a semimonthly to a monthly publication schedule beginning in January 2017. This shift means that the magazine will be more substantial, with an increase in each issue’s page count to offer more features and in-depth reporting to make a greater impact. Furthermore, this shift will
- enable AGU to better direct resources to increase the strength and vitality of the online presence. Making this change allows resources to be devoted to strengthening online content and engagement so that more people are informed of and talking about important developments and issues in Earth and space science.
- support a more sustainable use of resources. Printing and mailing once a month instead of twice reduces our carbon footprint while serving members’ needs.
- create an opportunity for topic-focused issues. Printing fewer issues makes it feasible for the magazine to present special issues that dig deeply into topics of importance in Earth and space science.
With this shift, AGU will make the best use of its resources while increasing the strength and vitality of both the magazine and the website.
Readers can keep up with Eos.org by signing up for the weekly newsletter and customizable e-alerts. Members who have not received the magazine in the past but would like to do so now can contact [email protected] to sign up. Readers are also encouraged to share their feedback and suggestions about how to make Eos even more useful in the years to come.
—Chris McEntee (email: [email protected]), Executive Director, AGU