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In 2022, we proudly announced our membership of the UN SDG Publishers Compact. Since then, we have been working steadily on the ten commitments all signatories undertake. In particular, “Actively promoting and acquiring content that advocates for themes represented by the SDGs, such as equality, sustainability, justice and safeguarding and strengthening the environment.”

Paris, France, 3 May 2023: Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) is pleased to announce that it will continue to publish its research in open access for the second consecutive year under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model. In contrast to other core astronomy journals that have transitioned or will transition to open access via the Gold (APC) route, A&A has chosen a different approach to achieve immediate open access while minimizing any potential disruption to authors or subscribers. This decision reaffirms A&A's commitment to making its high-quality research easily accessible to the global scientific community, while also ensuring sustainability and financial stability for the journal.

Earlier this year, we wrote about how EDP Sciences is getting involved in the SFP’s 150th anniversary celebrations throughout 2023. In April, for example, we are proud to sponsor the International Physicists’ Tournament 2023 at the École polytechnique in Palaiseau. In May, our books team will be at the Festival Double·Science in Paris. Also in May, the first in a series of five Masterclasses on “Science publishing and Open Science” will take place in Nice.

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.