The ufological world was all agog recently when it was announced that an article about UFOs was being published in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
Amazing! Remarkable! Notable! Unprecedented!
Uh – no.
Despite what you may have heard from skeptics and believers alike, science has taken the subject of UFOs seriously on many, many occasions. Dozens of scholarly and academic articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals all along, with apparently little notice or interest.
Admittedly, many of these articles looked at ufology in a less than positive light, but a considerable number regarded the subject quite seriously and as a topic of scientific curiosity, if not interest and with relevance to many scientific realms.
I started working on a list of academic articles about UFOs some time ago, and I dusted it off (virtually) when the interest in the recent scientific article manifested.
A number of people have created lists of these articles over the years, including most notably Barry Greenwood’s “Union Catalog” of UFO articles. Isaac Koi has a very good list of academic journal articles, and I have added to my own list from his excellent resource.
The following is my list, which is as complete as I could get at this time. I have provided links to online versions of the articles whenever possible, although some links will require institutional memberships to view the articles in full.
The list is for articles about UFOs, but you will note that I have included some articles on UFO-ish phenomena as well, with discretion.
Also, the list does not include book reviews, editorial comments, news briefs and incidental notes, although I allowed a few in the list for their significance. So, while references to things in major journals such as Nature and Science could have been included dozens and dozens of times, these were not really “peer-reviewed academic or scholarly articles.”
Oh, and I did not include articles from the Journal of Scientific Exploration nor the Journal of UFO Studies. While certainly peer-reviewed, these journals are not in the scientific mainstream community, and I wanted to create a list that showed that scientists outside of the ufology community have published such articles.
I used APA style, with a slight modification here and there for consistency. (I know there are many punctuation typos, so I’m working on that.) I also need to italicize the journal titles.
And yes, I am sure I missed some. This page will be updated as more articles are brought to my attention, and as future articles are published. (Which they certainly will be.)
Many thanks to Isaac for his work and assistance in this effort.
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