|A&A makes the transition to article-numbering (January 2010)|
The Editorial on the transition to article numbering can be consulted in A&A, vol. 509, E1, 2010.
Quick dissemination of validated science results is an important aspect of academic publishing. Over the years, the electronic
editions of journals have become the primary vehicle for achieving that objective. With the new contract period for publishing
A&A, the preparation of the electronic edition is being optimized for speed of publication.
A&A 512, L1 for the Letter that is published first in Volume 512The title page of the published manuscript will provide its full reference, e.g.,
A&A 512, L1 (2010) and A&A 512, A12 (2010).The page numbering will be internal to each manuscript, i.e., the first page of each paper will always be numbered as 1. The page number will be located at the bottom of each page and will take the form "Page n out of N" where N is the total page number of the manuscript and 1 ≤ n ≤ N.
Finally, the paper’s reference will be repeated as the running title of even-numbered pages while the running title of oddnumbered pages will be left unchanged.
The manuscripts accepted for publication will appear in the currently opened A&A volume as soon as they are ready to become public. A&A users will also be able to see on the Journal website how the open volume is being filled up every day with newly published manuscripts. At the closure date of the volume, its contents will be sent to the printer. The printed volumes of A&A will contain the publications in the sequence E1, E2, etc., L1, L2, L3, etc., A1, A2, A3, etc. However, the A&A website and the table of contents of each volume will display the published papers in the usual manner, with a table of contents sorted by sections.
Authors do not need to worry about the changes, since everything will be taken care of in the editorial and production process.
Citing an article will be in a format only slightly different from earlier since there will always be a capital letter in front of the last number. For Letter number 4 and article number 12 in Volume 552, the references will be as follows.
Writer, U.V., & Author, B. C. 2010, A&A, 552, L4