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2024 A&A Awards reward the work of early-career researchers

On February 23rd, 2024, the A&A Board finalised their selection for this year's A&A Awards, recognising exceptional work of early-career researchers in the field.

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A&A Awards 2024 update: Cash prize now available

The Board of Directors of A&A is pleased to announce that each recipient of the A&A Awards 2024 will be recognized with a cash prize of 2000 Euros. The A&A Awards underscore the commitment of the Journal to promote the scientific work of young researchers for their outstanding contributions to the field published in A&A.

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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.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics Awards 2024

The Board of Directors of A&A attributes two yearly awards for outstanding research published in A&A by individuals in the initial stages of their careers. With these two awards, the Board wishes to express its appreciation, and contribute to the enthusiasm, of the new generation of researchers who will be shaping astronomy for the decades to come.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics Welcomes New Associate Editors

Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A), a leading international journal dedicated to the dissemination of original research across the broad spectrum of astronomical and astrophysical disciplines, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new associate editors to its editorial board: Vasiliki Pavlidou, Andreas Koch-Hansen, and Eva Schinnerer.

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A&A Board announces accession of Ireland and grants observer status to Uruguay

Paris, France, September 06, 2023. The annual meeting of the A&A Board of Directors was held in Heraklion, Greece on May 31st and June 1st 2023. During this meeting, the A&A Board, the governing body of the journal, made several key decisions. These included defining long-term scientific policies, establishing publishing guidelines, and appointing new Scientific Editors. Additionally, the Board recommended approval of the journal budget to the ESO Council and took other actions to maintain and develop A&A's status as one of the premier peer-reviewed journals in the field.

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Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) Maintains Stellar Reputation with Impressive Impact Factor and CiteScore, Demonstrating Consistent Growth

In the recently announced Journal Citation Reports™ and CiteScores, Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) continues to solidify its stellar reputation, maintaining an impressive Impact Factor of 6.5, showcasing consistent growth for the third consecutive year. Ranking 9 out of 69 in the Astronomy and Astrophysics category and firmly placed in quartile 1, A&A demonstrates its leading position in the field. With a high CiteScore of 9.8, A&A further establishes its significance. A&A now operates under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) open access model, promoting wider accessibility to its valuable research.

2023 A&A awards

The 2023 A&A prize for PhD work published in A&A will be awarded on July 14th at the EAS Annual Meeting in Krakow. The award recognizes an article of exceptional quality published in A&A by an individual who defended a PhD in the last two years (https://www.aanda.org/news/2659-astronomy-astrophysics-awards-2023).

EDP Sciences and ESO Enhance Research Discoverability with Direct Links between Astronomy & Astrophysics and ESO Telescope Bibliography Records

EDP Sciences, in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO), has announced the introduction of links between Astronomy&Astrophysics (A&A) articles and corresponding ESO datasets. This initiative establishes A&A as the first major astronomy journal to feature such links, significantly enhancing research discoverability and facilitating a more comprehensive reader experience.

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Astronomy & Astrophysics to remain in Open Access under Subscribe to Open model in 2023

Paris, France, 3 May 2023: Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) is pleased to announce that it will continue to publish its research in open access for the second consecutive year under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model. In contrast to other core astronomy journals that have transitioned or will transition to open access via the Gold (APC) route, A&A has chosen a different approach to achieve immediate open access while minimizing any potential disruption to authors or subscribers. This decision reaffirms A&A's commitment to making its high-quality research easily accessible to the global scientific community, while also ensuring sustainability and financial stability for the journal.

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Call for new Associate Editors (March 2023)

The positions advertised are now filled, no more applications will be considered.

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

  • Theoretical astrophysics
  • Extragalactic astrophysics
  • Stellar populations

The new Associate Editors are expected to have a broad and recognized expertise in their domain of specialization, as witnessed by a strong record of influential published research. Some familiarity with additional fields of astrophysics will be considered a plus for all three positions. The theoretician, ideally, will be familiar with a broad span of theoretical astrophysics. Candidates from underrepresented groups and geographical areas are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be prepared to commit the time needed to handle the peer review of about hundred and fifty papers per year. Limited support for office equipment, as well as an annual indemnity, are provided for this position. The initial term of appointment is four years.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a concise letter that summarizes the candidate’s qualifications and their motivations for seeking an Associate Editor position. They should in particular describe their experience as a referee and/or journal editor. Possible support for the task from their home institute should also be discussed in the application.

Applications should be e-mailed as a single PDF file to the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Vassilis Charmandaris and to the Executive Committee member Birgitta Nordström, who will send back an acknowledgment of receipt. Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to be held in person on the 29 & 30th of May 2023 and we encourage the applicants to reserve their availability for those dates.

Vice-Chairperson of the Board
Pr. Vassilis Charmandaris
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Member of the Executive Committee of the Board
Pr. Birgitta Nordström,
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Applications received by April 30, 2023 will receive full consideration.

Informal inquiries about the positions may be directed by e-mail to Vassilis Charmandaris or to Birgitta Nordström, as well as to the Editor in Chief (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or any of the other current editors.

Astronomy & Astrophysics Subscribe to Open 2022 Transparency Report published

We are pleased to share the Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) Subscribe to Open (S2O) 2022 Transparency Report. This is the first transparency report and provides a range of information related to the A&A Subscribe to Open program including:

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Astronomy & Astrophysics Awards 2023

The Board of Directors of A&A attributes two yearly awards for outstanding research published in A&A by individuals in the initial stages of their careers. With these two awards, the Board wishes to express its appreciation, and contribute to the enthusiasm, of the new generation of researchers who will be shaping astronomy for the decades to come.

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New subscriber benefits announced for 2023 as A&A’s subscribe-to-open program evolves

In 2023, Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) will continue to be published under a Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) open access model.

Whether or not A&A’s content will be open access in 2023 depends on the level of subscriptions. This will be announced in the first quarter of 2023. If the level of subscriptions is insufficient to continue publishing A&A in open access, only subscribers will retain uninterrupted access to A&A.

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2021 Impact Factor – over 6 again and the highest ever

We are pleased to report that Astronomy & Astrophysics’ impact factor has increased to 6.240 – its highest ever impact factor. It is ranked 12 in the Astronomy & Astrophysics category (Q1) and is clearly held in high regard by its community (its CiteScore also increased significantly this year). We look forward to further success following A&A’s transition to the Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) open access model in 2022.

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New CiteScore for Astronomy & Astrophysics shows a significant increase

Following the release of the latest CiteScores by Scopus, we are pleased to report that the 2021 CiteScore for Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) is 9.9 – an increase from 8.3 in 2020. It is now ranked 11/101 in Space and Planetary Science and 11/91 in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Q1). We are delighted to see the high-quality content published by A&A continuing to make an impact in the astronomy and astrophysics community. We look forward to further success following A&A’s transition to the Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) open access model in 2022.

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A&A confirms open access in 2022 through Subscribe-to-Open

Paris, France, 4 April 2022: Following the announcement made in October 2021 that Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) would move to the Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) open access model in 2022, the A&A board of directors and EDP Sciences are pleased to announce that A&A has now received the required level of support and will be published open access in 2022 under the terms of this transformative model.

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Statement of the A&A Board of Directors and Editors

The Board of Directors and the Editors of Astronomy & Astrophysics are deeply appalled by and concerned with the recent events in Ukraine where the sovereignty and independence of the country and the freedom and the lives of its citizens are suffering direct and brutal military threat by an act of war from its neighbour.

We condemn this reckless act of aggression by the Russian Federation on independent Ukraine, and ask for an immediate cease-fire. No political narrative can justify the loss of lives of innocent people. All disagreements can and must be solved by diplomatic means rather than bombing.

The Board of Directors and the Editors stand united with our Ukrainian colleagues and all Ukrainian people. Ukraine is part of the A&A community and one of the 27 sponsoring countries of Astronomy & Astrophysics. Ukrainians are fighting to defend the independence of their country and democracy. We appeal to our colleagues worldwide to immediately act and support every effort to help stop the atrocities and help the Ukrainian people.

Open Access Transformation for Astronomy & Astrophysics

With the continued support of subscribers, Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) journal will be published open access in 2022 under a Subscribe-to-Open model.

Paris, 19 October 2021: The A&A Board of Directors has announced that their journal will move to a Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) model. If libraries renew their subscriptions, A&A will be published in full open access in 2022. Since its launch in 1969, A&A has been publishing pioneering, peer reviewed scientific content. The transition to open access will extend access of its high-quality research to a worldwide audience – furthering the field of astronomy and astrophysics. Library subscriptions, together with substantial contributions from the A&A sponsoring countries, will cover publication and editorial costs and enable content to become open access.

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Appendices published as camera-ready material

Dear Colleagues,

The success of the A&A journal brings with it a rapid growth in the number of articles and pages which we have to process in production.

As a consequence of this success and to keep down production costs, we have decided to typeset the Appendices as camera-ready material. This means that our publisher (EDP Sciences) will no longer modify the Latex layout of the appendices.

However, some cases, such as an Appendix starting with a title followed by a blank page, still need to be handled, and we then have to ask you a small extra effort. As many of these issues are recurring ones that we have identified, or are in the process of identifying, we have produced a short document to guide you through these changes.

Sincerely,
Thierry Forveille (Editor in Chief), David Elbaz (Managing Editor)

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