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Free access to Astronomy & Astrophysics articles 24 months after publication instead of 36 months previously (January 2011)

EDP Sciences and A&A favor a broad and easy access to all published scientific information. In this spirit, all Letters to the Editor and articles published in the online sections (Sects. 12, 13, 14, and 15) are already in full open access.

We are pleased to announce that all articles published in the other sections of the Journal are now freely accessible one year earlier: 24 months instead of 36 months previously. So, all articles published in 2008 are now in free access.

2010 "School meets Science" prize for Beuermann et al. (2009) (September 2010)

Students The German team members who
won the prize.

Astronomy & Astrophysics is proud to report that the German high-school program that led to a Research Note (Beuermann et al. 2009, A&A, 507, 385), and highlighted in an A&A press release has won the Bosch Foundation "School meets Science" prize for 2010.

"School meets Science" prize - Bosch Foundation

A&A Press Release: HTML - PDF file

2009 Impact Factor (June 2010)

The Astronomy & Astrophysics ISI impact factor for 2009 is 4.179.
Astronomy & Astrophysics articles were cited 88,679 times in 2009.

Introducing structured abstracts for A&A articles (October 2005)

Astronomy & Astrophysics introduces structured abstracts for A&A articles.

See Editorial, A&A 441, E3 (2005)

Two Associate Editor positions to be filled (March 2010)

A&A 512, E1 (2010), Letter from the A&A Board of Directors (PDF file)

The Board of Directors invites applications for two positions of A&A Associate Editors. The positions to fill are in the following research areas:
– Observational studies of extragalactic systems and of Galactic structure, clusters, and populations;
– Stellar astrophysics.

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 stellar astrophysics position, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in both theory and observations.

Candidates should be prepared to commit the time needed to handle the peer review of about two hundred 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 curriculumvitae, 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 Chairman or the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, who will send back an acknowledgment of receipt.

Chairman Dr. Georges Meynet
Geneva Observatory
CH-1290 Sauverny
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Fax: +41 22 37 92205

Vice-Chairman Dr. Klaas S. de Boer
Argelander Institut f¨ur Astronomie
Auf dem H¨ugel 71
D-53121 Bonn
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Applications received by 31 May 2010 will receive full consideration. Informal inquiries about the positions may be directed by e-mail to Georges Meynet or Klaas S. de Boer.

A&A makes the transition to article-numbering (January 2010)

The Editorial on the transition to article numbering can be consulted in A&A, vol. 509, E1, 2010.

Quick dissemination of validated science results is an important aspect of academic publishing. Over the years, the electronic editions of journals have become the primary vehicle for achieving that objective. With the new contract period for publishing A&A, the preparation of the electronic edition is being optimized for speed of publication.

To streamline the production of the Journal, it has appeared useful to change from the classical "page-numbering system" to a more flexible "article-numbering system". This means that, as of January 2010, articles will be marked according to their class of publication using a roman letter: L for Letter, A for Article, E for Editorial, C for Corrigendum, etc. Furthermore, the articles of each class of publication will be given a number in the volume based on the sequence in which they are ready for publication in that volume of A&A.

Published manuscripts will thus be numbered in A&A with a number preceeded by a roman letter signifying the publication class. The result is that they will appear in A&A as, e.g.,

A&A 512, L1 for the Letter that is published first in Volume 512
A&A 512, A12 for the twelfth published article in the same volume
A&A 512, A13 for the thirteenth published article, and so on.

The title page of the published manuscript will provide its full reference, e.g.,

A&A 512, L1 (2010)   and   A&A 512, A12 (2010).

The page numbering will be internal to each manuscript, i.e., the first page of each paper will always be numbered as 1. The page number will be located at the bottom of each page and will take the form "Page n out of N" where N is the total page number of the manuscript and 1 ≤ n ≤ N.

Finally, the paper’s reference will be repeated as the running title of even-numbered pages while the running title of oddnumbered pages will be left unchanged.

The manuscripts accepted for publication will appear in the currently opened A&A volume as soon as they are ready to become public. A&A users will also be able to see on the Journal website how the open volume is being filled up every day with newly published manuscripts. At the closure date of the volume, its contents will be sent to the printer. The printed volumes of A&A will contain the publications in the sequence E1, E2, etc., L1, L2, L3, etc., A1, A2, A3, etc. However, the A&A website and the table of contents of each volume will display the published papers in the usual manner, with a table of contents sorted by sections.

Authors do not need to worry about the changes, since everything will be taken care of in the editorial and production process.

Citing an article will be in a format only slightly different from earlier since there will always be a capital letter in front of the last number. For Letter number 4 and article number 12 in Volume 552, the references will be as follows.

Writer, U.V., & Author, B. C. 2010, A&A, 552, L4
Author, B. C. 2010, A&A, 552, A12

Color printing special offers extended (December 2009)

Our color printing special offers have been extended until the end of 2010. Continue benefiting from these exceptional reductions:

  • Free for letters: figures (for which electronic files are provided in color) are published in color free of charge in the paper version;
  • 50% reduction on the color figure prices for regular papers.
We are confident that the use of color printing will improve the visibility and diffusion of your articles.

Astronomy & Astrophysics present at IAU General Assembly (September 2009)

At the recent XXVIIth General Assembly of the IAU, held in Rio de Janeiro from 3rd to 14th August 2009, Astronomy & Astrophysics had a stand where scientists met and chatted with staff from our journal. The conference was an opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Astronomy & Astrophysics and to present a special issue illustrating the journal’s scientific voyage through a collection of excellent articles published over the last forty years. The activities organized during the conference included an effort to bring the journal closer to its readership, and for that purpose, members of the Board of Astronomy & Astrophysics, including its chairman, Prof. G Meynet, and Dr. F. Combes and Dr. B. Nordström, organized a presentation of the journal, its results, and its ambitions. The journal also sponsored the poster session held alongside the conference.

The Astronomy & Astrophysics Board, its editorial team, and the team in charge of the journal at EDP Sciences hope that this opportunity for a dialogue between a journal and its community of authors and readers was beneficial to everyone concerned!


2008 Impact factor (July 2009)

The Astronomy & Astrophysics ISI impact factor for 2008 is 4.153.
Astronomy & Astrophysics articles were cited 79,218 times in 2008.

Summaries of recent Board meetings

Condensed minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of A&A


ESO and EDP Sciences sign new contract for Astronomy and Astrophysics (June 2009)

ESO and EDP Sciences sign new contract for A&A © ESO

A new contract for the publication of the scientific journal Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) has been signed with EDP Sciences (EDPS), by Prof Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and Dr Jean-Marc Quilbé, Managing Director of EDPS, at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany.

It is a great pleasure for the Board to announce that the contract for the production of A&A from January 2010 has been signed at ESO with EDP Sciences. Thus, for a renewed period, EDPS will continue as the publisher of A&A”, said Professor Georges Meynet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of A&A.

The Board is in charge of managing the journal. It consists of representatives of A&A’s 23 member countries plus ESO, which has handled the legal matters of A&A since the journal was established in 1969.

Astronomy & Astrophysics is owned by and operated for the astronomical community, and it is important that we make sure that we have the best available publisher for the journal”, said Prof de Zeeuw.

EDPS is excited to be continuing as the publisher of this major journal of astronomy, which is an important vehicle for the dissemination and archiving of high quality science results”, said Dr Quilbé.

Following a “call for tender” issued by the Board to select a publisher for the coming years, EDPS emerged as the optimum choice. The Board thanks all bidders for their interest in A&A.


See ESO Special Events

Astronomy & Astrophysics sponsors IAU General Assembly poster session (March 2009)

In this remarkable year of international astronomy, Astronomy & Astrophysics is proud to inform you of its poster sponsorship of the IAU General Assembly which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 3-14, 2009.

A special issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics celebrating the Journal's 40th anniversary will be published in June (Volume 500 Issue 1) and complimentary copies will be available at the Rio de Janeiro IAU GA.

This vibrant city is not only a prime tourist destination but also a great concentration of scientific and technological activities making it one of the most important centers in Brazil and Latin America. It is in this very place that the first Brazilian national observatory was established by the Emperor Dom Pedro I in 1827.

At the 2009 General Assembly 4 discourses with invited speakers, 6 symposia, 16 joint discussions, 10 special sessions, the Women in Astronomy Lunch Meeting and 2 young astronomers' events will all be taking place.

The IAU`s XXVII General Assembly is organized by the Brazilian Astronomical Society for the International Astronomical Union in the context of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

International Year of Astronomy 2009 is endorsed by the United Nations and the International Council of Science (ICSU).


New platform (1.7 version) (Feb. 2009)

EDP Sciences has the pleasure to inform you of the new 1.7 version of this platform.

This version offers a new graphic design, and a more user-friendly introduction page to the articles. In particular, the tools at the disposal of the reader (recommend this article, search by authors, article citing this article,...) are placed on the right of the abstract, which make them more visible and which allow us to include new functionalities:

  • the reader is informed when the article is cited ("citation alert") and/or when an erratum is published ("correction alert");
  • links to social bookmarking sites are added (Bibsonomy, CiteULike, Connotea,, Digg and Facebook);
  • the use of the tool "dowload citation" is extended to EndNote and Reference Manager;
  • the Open URL is implemented for abstracts.
So don't delay visiting the journal website to discover these new functionalities.

2nd Astronomy and Astrophysics School: Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers (Jan. 2009)

EDP Sciences and A&A are glad to announce the “Second Astronomy and Astrophysics School: Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers” which will be held in Blankenberge, Belgium, from 18 to 20 May 2009.

The direct purpose of organising an “A&A School” is to teach young authors how to express their scientific results through adequate and efficient science writing. In other words: how to write scientific papers for different forums (journals, proceedings, thesis manuscripts, etc.).
Visit the website at

You can download the announcement.

Astronomy & Astrophysics at Opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy (Jan. 2009)

2009 has been declared International Year of Astronomy by the General Assembly of the UN (United Nations Organization).

The Opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy takes place in Paris, January 15-16, 2009, under the aegis of the UN, the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), the IAU (International Astronomical Union). It is also supported by a number of sponsors including French and international organizations and institutions.

About 600 participants are expected, among them eminent scientists (including Nobel Prize winners), and also about 200 young students from over 100 countries, participating in the International Year IYA2009.

Jean-Paul Zahn (left) EAS Publications Series Editor-in-chief and Joachim Krautter (right) EAS President Robert W. Wilson (left) 1978 Nobel Prize in Physics    

Color printing special offers extended (October 2008)

Our color printing special offers have been extended until the end of 2009. Continue benefiting from these exceptional reductions:

Free for letters: figures (for which electronic files are provided in color) are published in color free of charge in the paper version;

50% reduction on the color figure prices for regular papers.

We are confident that the use of color printing will improve the visibility and diffusion of your articles.

Open Access Option for A&A (October 2008)

To favour broad and easy access to all published scientific information EDP Sciences has introduced the Open Access Option. Using this option your articles are published online and made accessible to all interested readers (subscribers or non subscribers) as soon as the manuscript has been fully processed and edited.

The cost of this service is 200 euros (without VAT) per article which is payable by the author, the author’s institution, or their funding body. This promotional price covers only a small fraction of the publication costs. The subscription form is sent at the proof stage with the offprint order form.

English language editing at A&A (October 2008)

The Editorial on English language editing at A&A can now be consulted in A&A, vol. 490, issue 2, p. E19-E23, 2008.

The aim of language editing is to improve the overall clarity of its published articles and to make certain a good level of English is maintained thus leading to a style for the journal that is clear, concise, and easy for scientists to read.


Astronomy & Astrophysics booth (July 2008)

Astronomy & Astrophysics exhibitor at 15th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar System and the Sun (St Andrews, Scotland, July 21-25, 2008)

2007 Impact factor rises (June 2008)

We are very pleased to inform you of the 2007 A&A impact factor: 4.259 which was released on 18 June 2008 by the Journal Citation Reports, ISI Web of Knowledge.

Astronomy & Astrophysics articles were the second most cited with 76,647 citations in 2007.