Change of Submission System: MMS to NESTOR Key Information

We are excited to announce that after 20 years of reliable service, our Manuscript Management System (MMS) is nearing the end of its operational lifespan. In response to the changing landscape of academic publishing, we are migrating to NESTOR (New Editorial System Tool for Research)—a platform designed and developed specifically with A&A's needs in mind. The migration will commence on Monday, 6th November 2023 at 18:00 CET and conclude with NESTOR becoming operational on Thursday, 9th November 2023 at 13:00 CET. The migration aims to enhance your experience by offering advanced features, improved security, and an intuitive user interface tailored for authors, referees, and editors. As part of this migration, all existing data—including registered users, manuscripts, and associated data—will be securely transferred to the new system.

Key Features and Improvements

  • Unrestricted File Size: Authors can now submit files without worrying about size limitations.
  • Enhanced Security: Secured access control and deeplinks ensure your data remains confidential and secure.
  • LaTeX integration: NESTOR allows compilation of LaTeX files and automatic extraction of article metadata (title, authors, and abstract).
  • ORCID Integration: Easily link your ORCID iD for ease of logon.
  • Configurable Workflow: Customise your experience through workflow control by article type, file types, and more.
  • Simple and Intuitive Co-author and Referee Management: Simplify authorship and review with advanced management tools.
  • Unified Submission-to-Publication Process: NESTOR streamlines your journey from manuscript submission to publication, eliminating the need for multiple platforms or logins.
  • Search and Accessibility: Take advantage of advanced search features and a more responsive design.
  • Open to Future Innovations: Regular updates and feature releases to continually improve your experience.
  • Improved Scalability and Efficiency: The system is designed for high performance, capable of adapting to an increasing volume of submissions.
  • Robust Data Storage: All revisions are stored securely, providing a transparent review and decision-making process.

We want to assure you that the system is designed to be intuitive. Comprehensive user guides will be available to help you navigate the new features. Furthermore, our support team will be readily accessible should you encounter any difficulties during this migration. We're committed to making this change as seamless as possible for you.