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Learn about the history of Astronomy & Astrophysics in its 50th year of publishing

Astronomy & Astrophysics is pleased to release the full length (1 hour) historical documentary discussing how the journal has evolved over the past 50 years since the first issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics was published in January 1969. It follows a shorter version published earlier this year.

As Astronomy & Astrophysics celebrates its 50th anniversary, it invites you to explore how the journal has evolved from a European publication into a truly international journal, and what this means for astronomers today. The documentary considers the future of academic publishing and how this is likely to impact astronomy and astrophysics research.

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A&A special issue (February 2019): LOFAR Surveys

Astronomy & Astrophysics, published by EDP Sciences, has published a special issue on the LOFAR telescope which is being used to survey the full northern celestial hemisphere in the 120 MHz band with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity.

This special issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics presents the first data release of the LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey, along with selected early results.

The release also includes an extracted catalog of 326 000 sources, complete to 0.35 mJy for point sources. 70% of these sources are associated with an optical counterpart, and photometric redshifts are also provided. The early results of the survey span a wide range of mostly extragalactic topics, from the physics of active galactic nuclei to the intergalactic magnetic field, by way of interstellar medium and clusters of galaxies.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics signs transformative Open Access agreement with Max Planck Society

Paris, France 18 December 2018. Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) the international Journal that publishes papers on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics and one of the leading journals in its field, has signed a two-year transformative Open Access agreement with the Max Planck Society in Germany. Under this agreement, funds previously paid by the Max Planck Digital Library for subscriptions will, instead, be converted into a publishing fund, enabling corresponding authors from the Max Planck Institutes to publish their articles open access in A&A, and at the same time, granting access to the journal’s content to all Max Planck researchers.


Call for new Associate Editors (Oct. 2018)

The Board of Directors invites applications for three positions of A&A Associate Editors. The positions to fill are in the following broad research areas:

  • Cosmology
  • Planetary Science
  • Solar Physics


A&A special issue (August 2018): Gaia Data Release 2

Astronomy & Astrophysics, published by EDP Sciences, has published a special issue on the second data release (DR2) of the Gaia space mission which has been recording astrometric and photometric measurements since July 2014.

Gaia is an astrometric space observatory developed by the European Space Agency. It is devoted to measuring the position, distance and movement of stars. Gaia DR2 is based on the analysis on the first 22 months of the mission and the data release gives an insight into its full potential. It represents “a game-changing leap for stellar and Galactic astronomy” ( Forveille, T., Kotak, R., Shore, S. and Tolstoy, E., A&A 616, E1 (2018) ).

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Announcement from the A&A Board of Directors: Call for Candidates for Managing Editor of A&A (June 2018)

The Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics invites applications for the position of Managing Editor, which will become vacant in July, 2018.


Astronomy & Astrophysics turns 50

15th May 2018 marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A)1,2. A year-long programme of events will begin today at the annual meeting of A&A Board of Directors at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany.

The anniversary marks a significant milestone for one of the leading original research journals in the field. Since its launch half a century ago as the fusion of 6 national journals and in collaboration with ESO, A&A has published nearly 650 volumes and special issues, disseminating the highest quality scientific research to the academic community. Since 2008, A&A has been also supporting early career researchers through its Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers residential seminars to provide guidance on writing for professional publications.

The anniversary will be marked by several events with a highlight at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Vienna, Austria (August 20th- 31st 2018).

1The member countries of A&A are: Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

2A&A is currently published by EDPS.

A&A special issue (April 2018): H.E.S.S. Collaboration observations of the Milky Way

Astronomy & Astrophysics, published by EDP Sciences, has published a special issue presenting observations and analyses of the plane of the Milky Way, as surveyed by the multi-national High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S) Collaboration.

H.E.S.S is a system of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes that detect cosmic gamma ray sources and air showers of charged particles. The largest telescope in the H.E.S.S array - based in Namibia – is constructed with a mirror that is 28cm in diameter.

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Call for candidates for three Associate Editors (December 2017)

The Board of Directors invites applications for three positions of A&A Associate Editors. Read more

The new A&A Letters: Short, unlimited, and free for all (November 2017)

Revised scope for A&A Letters.

A&A, vol. 607, E1, 2017

A&A ranked among top astronomy & astrophysics journals in Clarivate Analytics JCR® (June 2017)

The latest Journal Citation Reports® recently announced by Clarivate Analytics* have confirmed that Astronomy & Astrophysics’ Impact Factor has remained above 5. Astronomy & Astrophysics sits with the Astrophysical Journal as the two highest ranked titles publishing original research in the Astronomy and Astrophysics category.

In addition to the highest quality research papers, A&A publishes important special issues from the missions of Planck, Herschel, ROSETTA and Gaia.

*2016 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) Clarivate Analytics, 2017