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Editorial Policy

Astronomy and Astrophysics - A European Journal publishes papers on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics.

It is divided into twelve sections. The titles of these are published in the Instructions to authors. Submission of a paper implies that it presents the results of original research not previously published (except in the form of an abstract or preliminary note or as a part of a lecture, review or thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication has been approved by all authors and by the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - in the institutes where the work was carried out and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in either the same or another language, without the consent of the copyright holders.

Observatory reports, review papers or conference proceedings are not admitted. Submitted papers should be of sufficient general interest to justify their circulation on a large scale and should be written in a concise form. Data papers, either observational or theoretical as well as extensive data material forming the basis of papers with astrophysical results, are published in the Supplement Series. Papers on instruments, observational techniques, data processing and computational methods are also published in the Supplement Series. Papers on instruments, observational techniques, data processing and computational methods are also published in the Supplement Series.

A Main Journal paper, though making large use of references, should be self-explanatory, in particular with an introduction sketching its place in its field and its purpose. Research Notes are short papers that contain either new results as an extension of work reported in a previous paper, or limited observations not urgent enough to be published as a Letter, or useful calculations that have no definite immediate astrophysical applications.

New important results which deserve faster publication should be submitted as Letters, provided they are not more than four printed pages.

Some large tables will be published only electronically (ftp and WWW); on the request of the Editor-in-Chief they may be published both electronically and as hard copy.

All papers go through an international refereeing system. They should conform to the Instructions to authors and be submitted to one of the two Editors-in-Chief, except the Letters, which should be submitted to the Letter Editor. Papers intended for the Supplement Series should be submitted to the Paris office. All authors of long papers in the Supplement Series will normally be required to pay the production costs for any pages in excess of 50. Taking the advice of the referees into account, the editors are responsible for deciding which papers are to be published. Since they are in charge of both the Main Journal and the Supplements, the editors may be led to direct a paper to the one or the other journal, depending on the content, and after consultation with the authors.

Page charges. For the Main Journal and for the Supplements, a page charge of US $ 100 per page will be billed to authors from institutes in all countries except those sponsoring Astronomy and Astrophysics. In the case of articles with authors in institutes in both sponsoring and non-sponsoring countries, pro rata page charges will be calculated and invoiced.

Permission to reprint. Requests for permission to reprint figures or tables which have already been published in A. & A. should be addressed to the copyright holders, not to the publisher. The address to write to is as follows:
Prof. C. Bertout,
Astronomy and Astrophysics,
Editorial Office,
Observatoire de Paris,
61 avenue de l'Observatoire
F-75014 Paris, France.

Offprints. For each article, 25 offprints are supplied free of charge whatever the number of authors may be: additional copies or special covers may be ordered at cost price. This must be done at the time when page proofs are returned (for Letters, when camera ready copy is sent).

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