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As part of EDP Sciences’ ongoing commitment to furthering open science, this post forms the first in a series of monthly updates highlighting advancements at both the journal and publisher level. The series will share case studies on different open publishing models and the journals that are proving them to be viable alternatives to the traditional subscription model. It will also offer commentary on both the process and impact of transitioning towards becoming a fully open publisher. Join the conversation on social media with #RoadToOpen

In commemoration of the Société Française de Physique's (SFP) 150th anniversary, EDP Sciences has successfully contributed to a series of five Masterclasses titled "Master classes itinérantes". These events, primarily targeting PhD students in physics and related fields, were organized across France. The Masterclasses aimed to enhance participants' skills in scientific writing, while providing insights into scientific publishing and the evolving landscape of Open Science.

We are pleased to announce that two of our journals have been honoured at the 24th Editorial Grand Prix of the Press and Publishing of Healthcare Professions, an event hosted by SPEPS (Syndicat de la Presse et de l’Édition des Professions de Santé). The award ceremony took place on November 22 in Paris. From a total of 154 submitted articles, 14 articles were awarded.

In observance of Open Access Week 2023 (#oaweek23), we underscore our commitment to advancing the principles of open science and facilitating the unrestricted dissemination of scientific research. As a leading European publisher established in collaboration with learned societies, we have been strong proponents of open access initiatives and policies, aiming to advance these whenever possible.

The Portuguese Optical Society (SPOF) has recently joined the Journal of the European Optical Society-Rapid Publications (JEOS:RP), further enhancing the collaborative network within the national optical sciences community to develop the journal.

We are thrilled to congratulate Pierre Agostini, Anne L’Huillier, and Ferenc Krausz on their receipt of the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics. Their transformative research on attosecond light pulses stands as a monumental achievement in our understanding of ultrafast phenomena, especially the intricate behaviours of electrons. Two of the laureates, Agostini and L'Huillier, have French origins, and their work contributes to the global scientific community from their current academic homes in the United States and Sweden, respectively. We are especially proud of our association with Anne L'Huillier who was a previous editor of EPJ-D, and of the fact that all three have published articles in our journals, including the EPJ series, Web of Conferences, and Journal de Physique. (References: L'Huillier articles, Agostini articles, Krausz articles).

The III Regional Astronomical Summer School and inaugural Inter-Regional Astronomical Summer School (3RASS/1IRASS) successfully concluded on September 15, 2023, at the Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, Armenia. The theme of the Summer School was “From Observations to Scientific Writing”. Among the highlights of the scientific writing part was a specialised masterclass on "Writing Effective Abstracts and Titles," led by Anne Ruimy, Senior Editor at EDP Sciences and Publisher of Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A). László L. Kiss, A&A’s Board Member for Hungary, gave a two-part lecture on “The Art of Scientific Writing”. Close to thirty Ph.D., M.Sc and B.Sc. students from thirteen Asian and Middle Eastern countries participated in the week-long Summer School.

We are thrilled to announce a significant achievement in our ongoing efforts to elevate the quality of scientific discourse. Two of our journals—EPJ Nuclear Sciences & Technologies and Journal of the European Optical Society-Rapid Publications—have been officially included in the list of European Physical Society (EPS) Recognised Journals. This recognition is conferred upon journals that meet the highest quality criteria, which are stringently evaluated to ensure an unbiased, merit-based peer review process. The EPS's unwavering commitment to fostering the highest standards in physics publishing in Europe makes this recognition especially significant.

We recently announced that five of our mathematics journals, published in partnership with the Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles (SMAI), are advancing open science with a new, prescriptive data and code sharing policy. Earlier, we announced that one of these journals, Mathematical Modelling of Applied Phenomena (MMNP) partnered with Peer Community In (PCI) to enable transparent peer review of preprints. This recently published paper in MMNP demonstrates these policies in action by including a code availability statement, code citation, and a peer review statement.

This year, Peer Review Week (PRW) explores the theme "Peer Review and the Future of Publishing." This timely focus allows us to ponder upon the advancements and challenges in the ever-evolving landscape of academic publishing. Before we offer our thoughts on the topic, we want to first express our deepest gratitude to all our reviewers. Your contributions are invaluable in upholding the standards and integrity of scientific research.