Cosmos (Australian magazine)

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Cosmos (subtitled The Science of Everything) is a science magazine published in Adelaide, South Australia, by the Royal Institution of Australia that covers science globally. It appears four times a year in print as Cosmos Magazine, and the online edition is updated daily with news as well as long features and multi-media content, and includes the print magazine content. Cosmos Weekly is a subscription-based weekly online edition published on Fridays, and a podcast was launched in April 2022.

EditorsGail MacCallum (Cosmos) and Ian Connellan (RiAus)
CategoriesPopular science
FrequencyQuarterly in print; online
Total circulation
First issue21 June 2005 (2005-06-21)
CompanyRoyal Institution of Australia
Based inAdelaide

History edit

The magazine was established in Sydney in November 2004[citation needed] by the Sydney magazine publishing executive Kylie Ahern and science journalist Wilson da Silva.[1] with the first issue published in July 2005.[2]

In June 2006, the magazine launched a daily Internet news and features service.[3]

The magazine was the originator of Hello from Earth, a web-based initiative to send messages from the public, each just 160 characters in length, to Gliese 581d, the (then) nearest Earth-like planet outside the Solar System. Created as a science communication exercise for 2009 National Science Week in Australia, it collected nearly 26,000 messages that were beamed by NASA's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex on 28 August 2009.[citation needed]

In June 2013 the company, then owned by Luna Media, moved to Melbourne following its acquisition in February 2013 by Australia's Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, and his wife Elizabeth Finkel, a science journalist, who became editor-in-chief. The Finkels were already part-owners, and acquired the remainder from Ahern and Da Silva, who remained on the editorial staff.[4]

On 1 September 2018, custodianship of the magazine was transferred to Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), a not-for-profit science media organisation based in Adelaide.[5][1] In April 2021 Cosmos Weekly was launched, and exactly a year later, a podcast on the LiSTNR app, featuring science explainers, was launched.[6]

Writers whose work have featured include Margaret Wertheim, Jared Diamond, Tim Flannery, Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, Michio Kaku, Susan Greenfield, Steven Pinker, Paul Davies, Simon Singh and Oliver Sacks.[7]

Description edit

Cosmos' subtitle[7] and byline is "The Science of Everything". The quarterly print magazine, Cosmos Magazine, is a science magazine published in Adelaide by RiAus, covering international developments in science. The online edition is updated daily with news as well as long features and multi-media content. Cosmos Weekly is a subscription-based weekly online edition published on Fridays.[8]

In the 12 months to March 2022, the print readership of Cosmos had increased 115.1% on the previous year, lifting it to 114,000.[9]

People edit

Ian Connellan is editor-in-chief of RiAus, while Gail MacCallum is managing editor of Cosmos Magazine.[6][10]

Recognition and awards edit

Cosmos Magazine won 48 journalism and industry awards under Da Silva's editorship,[7] including Magazine of the Year at the Bell Awards for Publishing Excellence in 2009[11][12] and 2006, and Editor of the Year in 2006 and 2005.[7]

It won a Reuters/World Conservation Union Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting, an Earth Journalism Award and the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award.[citation needed]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Samios, Zoe (25 July 2018). "The Royal Institution of Australia to take over Cosmos Magazine". Mumbrella. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  2. ^ "NLA Catalogue". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  3. ^ "The science of everything". COSMOS magazine. 3 June 2006. Archived from the original on 3 June 2006. Retrieved 18 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ Hicks, Robin (8 February 2013). "Melbourne scientists acquire Cosmos Magazine". Mumbrella. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Media release: The Royal Institution of Australia takes custodianship of Cosmos Magazine" (PDF). Royal Institution of Australia. 23 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b Connellan, Ian (15 April 2022). "A year of Cosmos Weekly, and the launch of our podcast". Cosmos. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  7. ^ a b c d "MAGAZINES co-founded or edited by Wilson da Silva". Wilson da Silva. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  8. ^ "About Us". Cosmos. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Australian Magazine Readership, 12 months to March 2022". Roy Morgan. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Meet the Editors of Cosmos magazine... Gail MacCallum & Ian Connellan". isubscribe. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  11. ^ "COSMOS wins Magazine of the Year". Australian Science Communicators. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Cosmos named magazine of the year at Bell Awards". Mumbrella. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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