ESO and EDP Sciences signs new contract for Astronomy and Astrophysics - 29 May 2009

29 May 2009

A new contract for the publication of the scientific journal Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) has been signed with EDP Sciences (EDPS), by Prof Tim de Zeeuw, Director General of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and Dr Jean-Marc Quilbé, Managing Director of EDPS, at the ESO Headquarters in Garching near Munich, Germany.

It is a great pleasure for the Board to announce that the contract for the production of A&A from January 2010 has been signed at ESO with EDP Sciences. Thus, for a renewed period, EDPS will continue as the publisher of A&A”, said Professor Georges Meynet, Chairman of the Board of Directors of A&A.

The Board is in charge of managing the journal. It consists of representatives of A&A’s 23 member countries plus ESO, which has handled the legal matters of A&A since the journal was established in 1969.

Astronomy & Astrophysics is owned by and operated for the astronomical community, and it is important that we make sure that we have the best available publisher for the journal”, said Prof de Zeeuw.

EDPS is excited to be continuing as the publisher of this major journal of astronomy, which is an important vehicle for the dissemination and archiving of high quality science results”, said Dr Quilbé.

Following a “call for tender” issued by the Board to select a publisher for the coming years, EDPS emerged as the optimum choice. The Board thanks all bidders for their interest in A&A.


Georges Meynet
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A)
Tel: +41 22 3792398
Fax : +41 22 3792205

Jean-Marc Quilbé
Directeur Général / Managing Director
EDP Sciences (EDPS) 
Tel: +33 1 69 18 15 15 

Bruno Leibundgut
Director for Science
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Tel: +49 89 3200 6295

About the Announcement



A new contract for the publication of the scientific journal
A new contract for the publication of the scientific journal "Astronomy and Astrophysics"