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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.

Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A), a leading international journal dedicated to the dissemination of original research across the broad spectrum of astronomical and astrophysical disciplines, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new associate editors to its editorial board: Vasiliki Pavlidou, Andreas Koch-Hansen, and Eva Schinnerer.

Paris, France, September 06, 2023. The annual meeting of the A&A Board of Directors was held in Heraklion, Greece on May 31st and June 1st 2023. During this meeting, the A&A Board, the governing body of the journal, made several key decisions. These included defining long-term scientific policies, establishing publishing guidelines, and appointing new Scientific Editors. Additionally, the Board recommended approval of the journal budget to the ESO Council and took other actions to maintain and develop A&A's status as one of the premier peer-reviewed journals in the field.

EDP Sciences is pleased to share the progress of our journals in the recently announced Journal Citation Reports™ and CiteScores. The latest results not only demonstrate a collective and consistent performance across our publications but also highlight notable individual achievements within their respective fields.