We are proud to announce the publication of “Acoustics of the banjo: measurements and sound synthesis” by Jim Woodhouse, David Politzer, and Hossein Mansour. This is the first “Audio Article” to appear in Acta Acustica and introduces an exciting new article type with embedded audio files for ultra-rich content. A companion scientific article by the same authors is also available, “Acoustics of the banjo: theoretical and numerical modelling”.

The authors are all well-known experts in their field. Jim Woodhouse is Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge and counts “Mechanics of musical instruments” as one of his research interests. David Politzer is the Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Caltech and shared the Nobel Prize in Physics 2004 "for the discovery of asymptotic freedom in the theory of the strong interaction". Co-author Hossein Mansour did his PhD on the acoustics of stringed instruments, and worked at Dassault Systèmes as a specialist in simulation software for vibration and acoustics at the time of this research.

“Audio Articles” are scientific articles containing short, playable sound clips (look for the black ‘speaker’ symbol). We encourage researchers in musical acoustics and other domains to submit “Audio Articles”. Already, a number of other audio articles are in preparation and we are glad to offer acousticians the opportunity to present their research using audio as well as the written word.

“Audio articles” integral to Acta Acustica’s open data policy

Acta Acustica recently revamped its data policy to encourage authors to share their data and code to open access repositories under FAIR principles, thereby making research data and code available in addition to the published research. “Audio Articles” are no exception, including a Data Availability Statement by default, to explain where and how others can access the datasets associated with the article.

Innovation supported and encouraged by EDP Sciences

This is the second recent innovation in article types published by EDP Sciences. The first was introduced as part of a new journal, Visualized Cancer Medicine, in which articles are presented as or with videos accompanied by written abstracts. EDP Sciences is supporting and encouraging continuous development of a rich and dynamic audio-visual experience for readers and is confident authors will embrace the new content opportunities.

Acta Acustica is the journal of the European Acoustics Association (EAA) and reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. For instructions on how to submit “Audio Articles”, see the instructions for authorswhere information on the Data Policy is also available. Visit the websiteto sign up for free e-mail alerts and never miss another “Audio Article”!