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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.

André Moitinho de Almeida, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of A&A said: “We have carefully considered the shift in the scholarly landscape and strongly believe that, for our authors and society as a whole, open access is something A&A must be actively engaged with whilst ensuring the sustainability of the journal. As a leading voice in the Open Access movement, and a leader in our field of research we are delighted to have signed this transformative agreement with the Max Planck Society in our 50th anniversary year. The period of this agreement will allow us to gather data evidence and expose the various practical and workflow related challenges that are all needed for a true and meaningful assessment of success.”

“As publisher of A&A, we are pleased to have reached this agreement with the Max Planck Society to convert subscription fees into Open Access publishing funds,” commented Anne Simoneau, Sales Director at EDP Sciences. “As a not-for-profit publisher, open access reflects our values and goals and this agreement further reinforces EDPs’ mission for dissemination of important research that accelerates scientific progress and cross-fertilisation of ideas of society in general.”

Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information at the Max Planck Digital Library, said: “This is a key agreement for the Max Planck Society, as Astronomy is one of our strongest fields of research, and A&A stands out as being extremely relevant to our authors, given the consistently high number of papers they submit to this seminal journal. This transformative agreement is therefore another significant step forward in our strategy to deliver Open Access to our researchers and the world.”

About Astronomy & Astrophysics

Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) is an international Journal published by EDP Sciences that publishes papers on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. 15th May 2018 marked the beginning of the 50th anniversary of A&A, 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. The journal is governed by a Board of Directors, whose members are designated by the Member Countries. The Board decides on the policies for A&A which include the general guidelines for publishing, the selection of the Editors, the various financial aspects, as well as the membership of countries.

About EDP Sciences

EDP Sciences is a not-for-profit publisher with nearly 100 years of history. Established in 1920 by the French Physics Society and several renowned scientists and industrialists including Louis de Broglie, Jean Perrin and Marie Curie, EDP Sciences is still owned by learned societies and has a mission to participate in the dissemination of important research that accelerates scientific progress and cross-fertilisation of ideas of the society in general. EDP publishes over 70 scientific journals in the physical sciences, mathematics, life and environmental sciences, energy, materials and engineering, health and biomedical sciences. It also publishes conference proceedings (www.webofconferences.org) and books.

About the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (www.mpg.de/en) is an independent, non-profit research organization. Focusing on research fields that are particularly innovative, the 83 Max Planck Institutes conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. More than 15,000 studies by its researchers are published each year in internationally renowned scientific journals.

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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

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. For the Planetary Science position, preference will be given to candidates who are comfortable with theory papers. For the three positions, experience in the development of instrumentation or expertise in Astrostatistics/Astroinformatics, and some familiarity with additional fields of astrophysics will be valued.

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 and secretarial help, as well as an annual indemnity, is 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 the reasons 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 (in terms of equipment, office space or personnel) from the home institute should also be discussed in the application. Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to the Chair person and the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors, who will send back an acknowledgment of receipt.

Chairperson of the Board
Pr. Andre Moitinho de Almeida
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Vice-Chairperson of the Board
Pr. Wolfgang J. Duschl
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Applications received by November 21 2018 will receive full consideration. Shortlisted candidates will be notified on November 23 and invited for an interview in Paris on December 7, 2018.

Informal inquiries about the positions may be directed by e-mail to Andre Moitinho or Wolfgang Duschl, as well as to any of the current editors and members of the Executive Committee*

* https://www.aanda.org/board-of-directors/board-members

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) ).

To read the special issue, please click here

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.

The position has two complementary aspects:

  • the Managing Editor acts as one of the Associate Editors, in her/his broad research area;
  • the Managing Editor manages the Editorial Office and ensures the coordination with the Publisher on behalf of the Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics, in close consultation with the Editors in Chief. The Managing Editor is expected to have a broad and recognized expertise in his/her domain of specialization, as witnessed by a strong record of influential published research.

Candidates should be prepared to commit the time needed to supervise the Editorial Office, interact with the Publisher, and handle the peer review of about one hundred papers per year. The position is based in Paris and the candidate will have to maintain a regular presence at the Editorial Office, located at the Paris Observatory. An annual indemnity is 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 the reasons for seeking the Managing Editor position. They should in particular describe their experience in managing teams of researchers and/or administrative and technical staff. They should also describe their previous experience in refereeing and scientific editing. Applications should be e-mailed in PDF format to the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors, who will reply with an acknowledgment of receipt.

Chairperson of the Board
Prof. Andre Moitinho de Almeida
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Vice-Chairperson of the Board
Prof. Wolfgang J. Duschl
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Applications received by July 20, 2018 will receive full consideration.

Informal inquiries about the positions may be directed by e-mail to Andre Moitinho or Wolfgang Duschl, as well as to any of the members of the Executive Committee1, Editor-in-Chief and Letters Editor-in-Chief.

1 https://www.aanda.org/board-of-directors

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.

To read the special issue, please click here.

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

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