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Increasing exchanges between A&A and arXiv (May 2014)

EDP Sciences has developed new software tools to be used in arXiv.org projects.

Authors who submitted their manuscript to arXiv can now provide the arXiv ID of their paper. Once the article is published in A&A, a DOI/arXiv ID mapping list is automatically sent to arXiv. arXiv.org will then add on the e-Print record of the article a link to the A&A published version of their article.

This will of course increase the incoming traffic to their A&A paper and will help authors to have their research widely disseminated to the community.

The A&A team always strives to offer its authors an ever-increasing range of services.

“Send to my Kindle” now available for A&A (May 2014)

A button “Send to my Kindle” is now available in addition to the different electronic formats.

You can now send directly your selected A&A article to your Kindle device as a PDF.

Call for Candidates for Associate Editor of A&A (April 2014)

The Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics invites applications for two positions of Associate Editors that will become vacant on January 1, 2015.

The positions to fill are in the following broad research areas:

  • Stellar astrophysics
  • High energy astrophysics

Download the Announcement from the A&A Board of Directors

Call for Candidates for Managing Editor of A&A (April 2014)

The Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics invites applications for the position of Managing Editor, which will become vacant on January 1, 2015.

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 Editor in Chief.

Download the Announcement from the A&A Board of Directors

A&A Now available on ePUB format! (April 2014)

EDP Sciences is pleased to announce the introduction of the ePUB digital format for all A&A articles.

We have extended our existing suite of publication formats (PDF, HTML) to include ePUB, offering a range of formats to suit our readers varying needs.

ePUB is a format used for digital documents, it will allow scientific articles to be read on most of specialized eReaders and tablets.

The ePUB version will allow to download scientific texts and to read them very easily in an offline environment. ePUB adapts to suit different screen sizes, making for optimum text display and greater reading comfort.

We also plan to add, in following weeks, a button “Send to my Kindle” in addition of the different electronic formats.

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3rd Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers (February 2014)

EDP Sciences and Astronomy & Astrophysics are glad to announce the “3rd Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers”, which will be held in Tihany, Hungary, from 24th to 28th August, 2014.

The direct purpose of organizing an “Astronomy and Astrophysics School” is to teach beginning PhD Students how to express their scientific results through correct and efficient science writing. In other words, how to write scientific papers for different forums (journals, proceedings, thesis manuscripts, etc.)

For further information, we invite you to visit our website and to like our Facebook page3rd Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers”.

László L. Kiss
Director of the school

LISA VII Sponsor (January 2014)

EDP Sciences and A&A are pleased to announce their sponsoring “LISA VII, Open Science at the Frontiers of Librarianship” (Naples, 17-20 June 2014).

Library and Information Services in Astronomy (LISA) is a series of scientific meetings for librarians and scientists that aims to provide a platform to discuss state-of-the-art maintenance, retrieval, delivery, and preservation of information, and to learn from invited experts in which direction our profession is evolving.

LISA conferences cover a variety of topics such as the organization and management of books, journals, and specialized materials; electronic publishing (note that astronomy is a leader in the field); bibliographic and full text databases of astronomical literature; and reports on collaborative projects.

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The A&A authors have the possibility of being identified with non-Roman alphabets, such as Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic characters (November 2013)

A&A offers authors the possibility of being identified with non-Roman alphabets, such as Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic characters. These names will be in parentheses after the English names displayed in the print issue and the online PDF.
(see specific instructions here)

All A&A articles are in open access ONE year after their publication date (August 2013)

EDP Sciences and the editorial board of A&A has the pleasure to announce that all Astronomy & Astrophysics articles are now in open access ONE year after their publication date, rather than two years. The main objective is timeliness of dissemination to scientists, while maintaining the quality of the information.

2012 Impact Factor (July 2013)

The Astronomy & Astrophysics ISI impact factor for 2012 is 5.084
Astronomy & Astrophysics articles were cited 101,305 times in 2012.

Astronomy & Astrophysics ISI impact factor 2012 5.084

A&A at the XXVIII General Assembly of the IAU (August 2012)

A&A has a booth on the XXVIII General Assembly of the IAU held in Beijing from 20 to 31 August and is the sponsor of the poster session.

A&A is also part of the “Workshop for Journal Authors and Referees” at the XXVIII General Assembly of the IAU.

Announcement from the A&A Board of Directors: Call for Candidates for Letters Editor-in-Chief of A&A (September 2012)

The Board of Directors of A&A invites applications for the position of Letters Editor-in-Chief, which will become vacant on 1 February, 2013.

Candidates are expected to have a broad and strong record of published influential research in astronomy and astrophysics, and previous experience in scientific publishing. The successful candidate will show a strong interest in developing and promoting the Journal, and will also possess the interpersonal skills needed to work closely together with a team of Editors.

Candidates should be prepared to commit the time needed to handle the A&A Letters Section and as well work as scientific editor of a number of manuscripts. The Letters Editor-in-Chief (LEiC) has the overall responsibility for the Letters Section and works closely with the Editor-in-Chief (EiC).

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 letter of intent summarising the candidate’s qualifications and motivation for seeking the position of Letters Editor-in-Chief. Possible support for the task from the candidate’s home institute in terms of equipment, office space or personnel should also be outlined in the application.

Applications should be sent by e-mail in PDF format to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, with a copy to the Vice-Chairperson. Prompt acknowledgement of receipt will be given. Informal inquiries about the position may be directed to the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the Board or to the Editor-in-Chief (see below). Applications received by 10 November 2012 will receive full consideration.


Dr. Birgitta Nordström
Chairperson, Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics

Read the PDF version of Announcement from the A&A Board of Directors, A&A 545, E1 (2012)

2011 Impact Factor (July 2012)

The Astronomy & Astrophysics ISI impact factor for 2011 is 4.587.
Astronomy & Astrophysics articles were cited 90,096 times in 2011.

Astronomy & Astrophysics ISI impact factor 2011 4.587

* Indexed in JCR / ISI at least since 2000.

A reduced Open-Access embargo period for A&A (June 2012)

All Astronomy & Astrophysics articles are now in open access two years after their publication date, rather than two years after the end of the calendar year of their publication. This reduces the open-access embargo period for the journal by an average of six months.

“Workshop for Journal Authors and Referees” at the XXVIII General Assembly of the IAU (April 2012)

The major astronomical journals in North America and Europe are co-sponsoring a workshop for journal authors and referees at the XXVIII General Assembly of the IAU. The workshop is aimed mainly at young astronomers and astronomers from Asian and developing countries.

The workshop is made possible by the support and cooperation of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, EDP Sciences, the Institute of Physics Publishing, the Royal Astronomical Society, and Wiley Blackwell, as well as by Astronomy & Astrophysics and the journals of the AAS, ASP, and RAS.

AAS Astronomical Society of the Pacific Royal Astronomical Society A&A EDP Sciences Wiley Blackwell IOP Publishing

Workshop Dates

The workshop will extend over one full day. It will be repeated on four different days during the General Assembly: Wednesday 22 August, Friday 24 August, Monday 27 August, and Wednesday 29 August. The content of the workshop on each of the days will be identical.

To register

A&A is now available in a mobile-optimized format (March 2012)

A&A mobile

All visitors using either their smartphone or their tablet device will be automatically redirected to the mobile version of the Astronomy & Astrophysics website.

The mobile A&A site offers an easy access to current and archive content, and a quick search function.

Subscribers can now view content in a format designed specifically for their mobile device.

Astronomy & Astrophysics sponsors IAU General Assembly poster session (January 2012)

Astronomy & Astrophysics IAU

Astronomy & Astrophysics is proud to inform you of its poster sponsorship of the IAU General Assembly which will be held in China, Beijing, from August 20-31, 2012.

IAU's General Assembly, held every three years, will bring together an expected 3,000 astronomers from all over the world to China and Beijing to present and discuss the latest breakthroughs in astronomy.

Over two weeks in August 2012, the General Assembly will address many timely topics and the latest scientific discoveries in a number of specialized areas. With 8 Symposia, 7 Joint Discussions and 18 Special Sessions, the General Assembly's scientific program will be broader than ever.

Attendance at the IAU XXVIII General Assembly (GA2012) is open to all Individual Members of the IAU. Students of astronomy and professional astronomers who are not IAU-members are equally welcome to attend. Upon submitting their registration, they will be issued an invitation from the IAU.

2010 Impact Factor (July 2011)

The Astronomy & Astrophysics ISI impact factor for 2010 is 4.410.
Astronomy & Astrophysics articles were cited 89,585 times in 2010.


2010 Impact Factor A&A

Ilkka Tuominen In Memoriam (May 2011)

It is our sad duty to announce the sudden loss of the Finnish representative to the A&A board from 1998 until his death on March 19, 2011, at his home in Helsinki.

Illka Tuominen is a well-known astronomer, who was deeply appreciated for his achievements in Finland and internationally as described in detail by here.

Announcement from the A&A Board of Directors: Call for candidates for Editor-in-Chief of A&A (May 2011)

The Board of Directors of A&A invites applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief, which will become vacant on January 1, 2012.

Candidates are expected to have a broad and strong record of published influential research in astronomy and astrophysics, and previous experience in scientific publishing. The successful candidate will show a strong interest in developing and promoting the Journal, and will also possess the interpersonal skills needed to lead the editorial team and handle the occasional conflicts that occur during the peer-review process …

Read the Announcement from the A&A Board of Directors, A&A 530, E1 (2011)
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