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We are pleased to announce that Mechanics & Industry (M&I) has just been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) where it joins over 16,500 other high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. These journals cover all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. In addition to the indexation, M&I has also been awarded the DOAJ Seal for “best practice in open access publishing”. This is a wonderful moment for M&I and comes only a few short months after it transitioned to full open access at the start of 2021.

As we slowly start to resume our pre-pandemic routines, we are heartened that the efforts of scientists to advance science for the betterment of society are more widely recognised and applauded than ever before. Reviewers, those oft-unsung heroes of publishing, play a vital role in keeping science ‘honest’. Peer Review Week therefore reminds us to pause for a moment, to thank our reviewers and to reflect on their contribution to understanding and tackling the challenges we face. Without doubt, “good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.”

We are pleased to announce that the next session in our Science Publishing Masterclasses series has been scheduled for 12-13 October 2021 in partnership, once again, with the Lumen Learning Center of the Université Paris-Saclay. Unlike recent sessions which were delivered online, this workshop will take place in person at the Institut de Mathématique d’Orsay.

We are pleased to present our new Archives feature “Modern commentaries – throwing new light on the past” realised in partnership with SciencePod.

On 2 July 2021, the highly-distinguished title of “Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour” (“Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur au grade de chevalier”) was bestowed upon Doctor Jacques Caton in recognition of 50 years of service to Orthopaedics and Traumatology surgery, and his role as spokesperson for the specialty in France. Doctor Caton was Secretary General, then President, of the National Trade Union of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Surgeons for over 20 years.

EDP Sciences is committed to supporting and respecting the rights and identities of all authors in accordance with the principles informing the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) working group. EDP Sciences has therefore introduced an author name change policy offering two routes to changing an author name on published papers in order to support anonymity for authors with a need for privacy.

As co-publisher of the European Physical Journal (EPJ) series of peer-reviewed journals alongside the Società Italiana di Fisica and Springer, we are pleased to share a short update on this year’s results in the latest Journal Citation Reports ™ (JCR) from Clarivate.

MMNP ranks Q1 following ground-breaking move to Subscribe-to-Open in 2020

Paris, France, 8 July 2021: We are pleased to report that our mathematics journals have performed particularly well in this year’s Journal Impact Factors ™ from Clarivate. The star performer is Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena (MMNP) which increased by 153% (from 1.642 to 4.157) having already increased by 73% last year. It is now ranked 13/108 in “Mathematics, Interdisciplinary Applications”, 6/265 in “Mathematics, Applied” and 10/58 in “Mathematical & Computational Biology” – all Q1 or the top 25% of the world’s most-cited journals. Indeed, every EDP Sciences maths journal indexed in Web of Science ™ has received an increased impact factor contributing to an unprecedented year in which all eligible EDP Sciences journals increased.

It is with great pleasure that the publishers of the European Physical Journal D: Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics announce the appointment of Prof. Dr. Joachim Burgdörfer (Vienna University of Technology, Austria) as Editor-in-Chief, effective 1 July 2021. A long-standing member of the Editorial Board of EPJ D, he succeeds Prof. Dr. Andrey V. Solov'yov, who steps down after almost 7 years in the EiC role. Read more on the EPJ portal.

Paris, France, 1 July 2021: In the latest Journal Citation Reports ™ (JCR) from Clarivate, every eligible* EDP Sciences journal indexed in Web of Science ™ has received an increased impact factor. Overall, there is a 32% increase for the twenty one journals compared to last year. Individual increases range from a modest rise to an impressive 225%. We recognise that impact factors are but one way to measure quality, nevertheless, they continue to be widely-used and recognised and therefore remain significant.