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Congratulations to the Société Française de Physique (SFP) on its 150th anniversary! We look forward to a year of celebrations marking this wonderful milestone which got underway on 16 January 2023 with a “Cérémonie d’inauguration” at the Sorbonne. Sylvie Retailleau (former Editor-in-Chief of J3EA), Françoise Combes (Associate Editor of Astronomy & Astrophysics) and Serge Haroche (Journal de Physique author) were the guests of honour and Agnès Henri, Managing Director also attending, was very proud of their connections with EDP Sciences.

We are pleased to welcome three institutions to the National Open Access Agreement in France (Accord national pour l’accès ouvert en France) from 2023. The new members are Université d'Artois, Université de Rouen and Université Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne. Corresponding authors from these institutions and, indeed, all member institutions, may publish their work open access, free of charge in 31 participating journals. There are no publication fees or article processing charges (APCs).

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for EPJ D topical issue on “Electron and Positron Interactions and Their Applications”. The issue is intended to gather contributions from contemporary research on electron and positron interactions, both theory and experiment, and applications of these studies across areas such as, but not limited to, atmospheric modelling, materials characterisation, medical science, biological imaging and chemical processing.

The increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in writing has sparked discussions around ethics and authorship in the academic publishing industry. The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) has presented an overview of the current debates on its website and has recently published a position statement regarding the use of AI in research papers.

We extend a very warm welcome to Dr. Silvia Soria in her new role of co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the European Optical Society-Rapid Publications (JEOS-RP). She joins Sergei Popov, the longstanding Editor-in-Chief, who has led the journal with the support of Co-Editors Riad Haidar, Gerd Leuchs and Sergei Turitsyn as well as an expert, international Editorial Board.

EDP Sciences is pleased to announce that it will no longer be using physical, promotional items, commonly known as 'goodies' or ‘swag’, for corporate promotion at the conferences and events it attends. Instead, it will make annual donations to Fondation de France to support its Children and Education program, especially in providing higher education for all, and to Bibliothèques Sans Frontières to support its mission of promoting access to information and education for marginalized communities.

EDP Sciences and the Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles (SMAI) are delighted to announce that their Subscribe to Open (S2O) model for open access publication of six mathematics journals* has been successfully supported by the library community for another year, allowing the journals to continue to be published in open access in 2023.

We are pleased to inform you that Security and Safety is accepting submissions for its Special Issue on “Security and Safety in Physical Layer Systems”.The goal of this Special Issue is to share the advancements in the Physical Layer Systems (PLS) field and spreading the adoption in scenarios of B5G and 6G. Experts and scholars in relevant fields around the world will be invited to share their insights into the topics of security and safety in physical layer systems.

Security and Safety (S&S) is pleased to announce that it has been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The journal joins nearly 19,000 other high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals that meet DOAJ's strict criteria and are dedicated to promoting open access to scholarly and scientific content.

We are pleased to highlight the recently completed EPJ D topical issue on “Quantum Optics of Light and Matter: Honouring Alain Aspect”. The topical issue examines the discoveries, motivations, and continuing legacy of Alain Aspect, our longstanding colleague.