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LaTeX2e v5.4 class for A&A (June 2004)

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What's New in A&A v5.4?

  • the pagelayout is better adapted for A4 and Letter format
  • some new journals macros have been added (see the User's Guide)
  • some examples of particular tables have been added in aa.dem or in the User's Guide

New prices for colour figures (June 2004)

From now on, thanks to new technologies, it has been possible to reduce the prices of the colour figures. For an article, for one or two figures, the price is 250 euros without VAT per figure; for three or more figures, the price is 180 euros without VAT per figure.

Note that this is a price per figure, irrespective of the number of electronic files that make up the figure.

  EDP Sciences new prices
(euros, without VAT)
1 figure (whatever the number of electronic files) 250
two figures (whatever the number of electronic files) 250 W 2 = 500
three figures (whatever the number of electronic files) 180 W 3 = 540
more figures (N) (whatever the number of electronic files) 180 W N

The A&A experience with impact factors (March 2004)

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From the Publisher: A&A individual subscription offer (October 2003)

We are pleased to inform you that the Astronomy & Astrophysics individual subscription now offers you two choices:

  • "Paper +Online" version: 48 issues/year +online access (access controlled by IP address);
  • "Online only" version: online access only (to subscribe we kindly ask you to precise us your IP address with your order).
This individual offer is available only if your institute already holds a 2004 subcription to the same journal at the full institutional rate (see subscription price list ).

Please do not hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any further information.

EDP Sciences

Special Letters Edition issue on First science with INTEGRAL (October 2003)

See table of contents of the relevant issue (411-1)

This Special Letters Issue features the INTEGRAL observatory. About one year after its successful launch, this series of 75 publications describe the mission, the various instruments and their performance,as well as first scientific results from the spacecraft, ranging from gamma-ray bursts to Galactic sources. In order to produce this issue in time, all parties involved have worked under great time pressure. I would like to thank the authors and referees of these articles for meeting such stringent deadlines and for their cooperative attitude, and our publisher, EDP Sciences, for their support and flexibility. A special thanks goes to Hendrik Hildebrandt, Michael Mertens, and Tim Schrabback for their particular dedication during the preparation of this Issue, working many hours overtime to get that many Letters processed within two months (and in many cases, on even much shorter time-scale). Furthermore, I thank Dr. Thierry Courvoisier for his help during the preparation of this Issue.

Bonn, Sept. 24, 2003
Peter Schneider

Remark on impact factor (April 2003)

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There is the widespread impression that Astronomy & Astrophysics has a smaller impact, as measured by citations to its articles, than some of the other major astronomy journals. This impression is apparently supported by the Journal Citation Report (JCR), which is prepared annually by the ISI Web of Knowledge; in the JCR statistics, A&A indeed shows a considerably lower impact factor than some of the other main journals in the field.

The Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophyics has now received information from the ISI Web of Knowledge that the impact factor statistics is seriously flawed. Owing to the short abbreviation(A&A) with which articles in Astronomy & Astrophyics are usually cited, and the possible non-uniqueness of this abbreviation among the scientific journals covered by the JCR, these are not counted. A similar situation occurred with The Astrophysical Journal, for which the three-letter abrreviation (ApJ) had been considered too challenging. After accounting for citations with ApJ, the impact factor of The Astrophysical Journal increased by more than a factor of two from 2000 to 2001.

After contacting the ISI Web of Knowledge, the Chairman of the Board of Directors was assured that the situation will be changed, and that in the future, the abbreviation A&A will be counted for the citations. In-house studies at the ISI Web of Knowledge have shown that very little confusion arises through this, and, more importantly, after accounting for these citations, the impact factor of Astronomy & Astrophyics becomes comparable to that of the other major astronomy journals.

Aa. Sandqvist,
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Special Letters Edition: First Science with the ODIN satellite (April 2003)

See table of contents of the relevant issue (402-3)

On February 20, 2001, a combined submillimeter/millimeter Astronomy and Aeronomy space mission was launched: the ODIN satellite. It presents a collaboration between Sweden, Canada, Finland and France, and is designed to study line profiles in the frequency range 486-581 GHz and at 118.75 GHz.

The Editors of Astronomy and Astrophysics recognize the importance of this event and present, in the present issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics, a special Letters Issue on the ODIN satellite. The 11 letters describe the basic features of the satellite and its instruments, and present first scientific results achieved with it.

P. Schneider, C. Bertout and H.J. Habing Editors

From the Publisher: new online version of A&A (April 2003)

We are very pleased to inform you that the new online version of A&A is now available from issue 402-2 onwards.
Keeping all the features of the previous online version (various full-text formats, abstracts and references, ...), we have improved the full HTML version for better ergonomics and increased clarity.

The whole article is now displayed on one single HTML page including direct access to:

  • sections of the article
  • list of figures
  • list of tables
  • online material
  • SIMBAD objects
  • CDS tables
  • table of contents of the relevant issue.

To improve access to scientific data, LaTeX source of tables are now released.

This new version has been designed by EDP Sciences following the specifications of the Editorial Board of A&A to improve the transmission of scientific works.
Hoping that you will be satisfied with this new version, we would like to thank our audience for its past and future comments, helping us to improve the quality of the online version of Astronomy & Astrophysics.

EDP Sciences

Future editorial structure of A&A (November 2002)

 Letter from the Astronomy & Astrophysics Board of Directors

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  • the rapid growth of the number of submitted papers,
  • the proceeding specialization of subfields in astronomy,
  • and the wish to involve more countries in the editorial process,
the Board of Directors of A&A has decided to change the editorial structure of the journal. The new structure will consist of an Editor-in-Chief, a Letter Editor and seven Scientific Editors. One of the Scientific Editors will act as the Associate Editor-in-Chief. The new system is expected to be effective starting January 2004.

In the new system the Editor-in-Chief will receive all submitted regular papers and will assign a Scientific Editor to each paper. The Scientific Editor will be responsible for the refereeing process and will decide on whether the paper should be accepted or not. The final responsibility for acceptance lies with the Editor-in-Chief. The Associate Editor-in-Chief will assist the Editor-in-Chief, e.g., by taking over his/her duties during times of absence. Letters will be submitted directly to the Letter Editor, who will have the same duties as in the present system. All papers will be handled in a web-based peer review system. The final language editing will be done at the central office.

As of 1 January 2004, Dr. H. J. Habing will retire and Dr. C. Bertout will continue as the Editor-in-Chief. Dr. P. Schneider will continue as Letter Editor. Herewith, we invite applications for the seven positions of Scientific Editors.

The Scientific Editors are expected to have a broad knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics and to have expertise in one or several of the main sub-fields of A&A, i.e. cosmology, extragalactic astronomy, galactic structure and stellar populations, interstellar and circumstellar matter, stellar structure and evolution, stellar atmospheres, the Sun, planets and planetary systems. Candidates should have a strong record of published research in astronomy and astrophysics, should have experience as a referee and/or journal editor, and be prepared to commit the time needed to handle the peer review of up to three hundred papers per year. Limited support for office equipment and secretarial help as well as an annual indemnity will be provided to the Scientific Editors. The initial term of appointment is three years.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and a concise cover letter that summarizes the candidate's qualifications and reasons for seeking a Scientific Editor position. Possible support from the home institute for the task should also be discussed. Applications should preferably be e-mailed or sent/faxed to the Chairman of the Board of Directors:

Prof. Aage Sandqvist
Stockholm Observatory
SE-106 91 Stockholm
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fax: +46 8 5537 8510

Applications received by 31 January 2003 will receive full consideration.

Informal inquiries about the positions may be directed by e-mail to Aage Sandqvist.


On behalf of the Board of Directors
Aage Sandqvist

An important announcement for readers, authors and libraries (August 2000)

1. Change of publisher and merger of the journals

At its meeting in May 1999, the Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics took two important decisions.
  • From 1st January 2001, the Main Journal will be published by EDP Sciences, who has published the Supplement Series since 1980.
  • From 1st January 2001, the Supplement Series will be merged with the Main Journal.
The Supplement Series was started in 1970 to publish papers with large amounts of tables or figures. Since 1994 long tables have not been published on paper, but have been stored electronically at the Centre de Donnies Stellaire at Strasbourg. In this way the material is made available to readers in computer readable form, which they can use for further work. Partly because of this change, the number of papers submitted to the Supplement Series in the last few years has been declining. The advent of electronic publishing, together with the electronic storage of tables, has removed the need for a Supplement Series. It is expected that the new merged journal will appear four times per month.

The new contract with EDP Sciences for the publication of the Main Journal has now been signed. Library subscriptions for the new Main Journal per 100 pages will be significantly lower than for the old Main Journal and Supplement Series. The actual library subscription for the Main Journal in 2001 will depend on the number of pages to be published. The Board of Directors will decide this at its meeting in May 2000. If the combined Main Journal publishes the same number of pages in the year 2001 as will be published in the Main Journal and the Supplement Series in the year 2000, then a library which subscribes this year to both journals will pay 18% less next year. A library, which this year takes only the Main Journal, will pay 11% more for the combined Main Journal.

New LaTeX macros will become available after the summer. There will be little difference for the authors.

The Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics would like to thank Springer, the publisher of the Main Journal from 1969 to 2000, for its past services.

2. New websites

There are now three new websites available for the journal.

The Board of Directors of Astronomy & Astrophysics now has its own domain and website
On this website you can find details of the Board of Directors and their work.

The Editorial Offices have websites, which give instructions to authors about submitting their papers. They are

3. Publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics is now very fast

In 1999 the times were as follows:

For all the published Letters,
10% are accepted after 13 days,
20% are accepted after 18 days,
50% are accepted after 37 days,
80% are accepted after 65 days.

The median time between acceptance and publication is 35 days.

For all the published papers,
10% were accepted within 38 days,
20% were accepted within 54 days,
50% were accepted within 93 days,
80% were accepted within 152 days.

After the acceptance of the papers,
20% are published within 56 days,
50% are published within 69 days,
80% are published within 85 days.

Aa. Sandqvist, Chairman
A.G. Hearn, Vice Chairman

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