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The Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS) is an
international group of scientists, academics, investigators, and volunteers dedicated to
the continuing examination and analysis of the UFO phenomenon. Our purpose is to promote
serious scientific interest in UFOs and to serve as an archive for reports, documents, and
publications about the UFO phenomenon.
CUFOS currently engages in several ongoing
activities. We encourage you to become involved in our activities, including the
reporting to us of local sightings and articles about UFOs, searching for UFO archival
material, helping to maintain UFOCAT, our computer database of reports, or assisting with
specific research projects. Additionally, if you become an Associate of CUFOS, your
contribution is tax deductible and helps to support all these projects and others.
To volunteer your assistance, for more information about the Center for UFO Studies
that you can't find on these pages, or for comments and suggestions about our site,
contact us at Infocenter@cufos.org .
The UFO field has had very few serious historical studies, almost none of book length. This situation has improved immeasurably with the publication of UFOs and Government:
A Historical Inquiry, edited by Dr. Michael Swords of CUFOS, and Robert Powell of MUFON. This book immediately takes the top rank among historical studies of government
involvement with the UFO phenomenon. As Jerome Clark of CUFOS has written: "It's a monument to sober, meticulous scholarship in a field where such is all too rare.
It supersedes any number of books that promote speculation and conspiracy theory - or, at the other end, blanket denial - in place of the documentable evidence,
which makes for a fascinating story in itself." (Read more…)
CUFOS discontinues publication of International UFO Reporter (Read more…)
CUFOS board member Dr. Thomas E. Bullard published his wide-ranging analysis and consideration
of the UFO phenomenon last year (The Myth and Mystery of UFOs, University of Kansas). Most UFO books
are ignored by the quality press, but Bullard's book was reviewed in November in the London Review of Books
. We are pleased that this serious book was
deemed worthy of review by a serious intellectual journal.
Read all Issues of NICAP's The UFO Investigator Online
One of the first great civilian UFO organizations was the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, or NICAP. Founded in late 1956 in Washington, DC, NICAP eventually became the largest and most influential UFO group by the mid-1960s. NICAP long focused on the Air Force and U.S. government UFO investigations, lobbying for a serious approach to UFO investigations. But NICAP also had an extensive list of local affiliates and investigators, and collected reports from a diverse network of sources. NICAP's UFO Investigator was published regularly for over 20 years and contains sighting reports, reviews, and articles about their ongoing struggle to gain legitimacy for the study of UFOs. CUFOS is now making the complete collection of UFO Investigator available so the legacy of NICAP is available to everyone. Click the link to open a portal page to the issues.
NICAP's UFO Investigator and Selected NICAP Documents
Get All Back Issues of the International UFO Reporter:
The International UFO Reporter (IUR) of the Center for UFO Studies has been published continuously since 1976. Most observers consider IUR the leading English-language UFO journal, and the articles in IUR have chronicled the changes in the UFO phenomenon and the interests of those who have studied it. Very few people have a complete collection of IUR, and obtaining hard copies has been possible, but expensive.
Now, to make IUR more broadly available, the complete set of issues of IUR has been scanned and converted to PDF format and is available on one DVD. This set includes volumes 1 through 31, from 1976 to early 2008. Each volume is contained in one PDF file, and the text is searchable.
Get more details and purchase IUR DVD.