From: Charlotte Van Rooyen <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:08:23 +0200
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I am passing along some news that I hope will be of interest to
Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) one of the leading astronomy journals
and its publisher EDP Sciences, have announced the launch of Writing
Studio, a unique collaborative writing solution for Astronomy
researchers designed to make the article writing process easier.
Reinforcing an OpenSource strategy, EDP has chosen the Open Source
ShareLateX to develop this new service in partnership with A&A.
Writing Studio allows the co-authors of an A&A paper to work
collaboratively on a single version of their manuscript. The authors
can login to the system with their Orcid ID and from there, they can
work on their article communicating directly with their co-authors,
using a variety of tools. Once ready for submission, the article can
be automatically uploaded into the A&A submission system, with key
fields pre-filled ready for checking.
Further information can be found in the press release below or at the
If you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch, or contact
Nathalie Matelot at EDP Sciences:
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A&A Journal and EDP Sciences launch Writing Studio
A collaborative writing solution to support authors writing for
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Astronomy and Astrophysics (A&A) Journal and its publisher EDP
Sciences, announced today the launch of Writing Studio, a unique
collaborative writing solution for Astronomy researchers designed to
make the article writing process easier, and therefore let astronomers
concentrate on research.
Writing Studio is a unique LaTex tool developed in partnership with
A&A Journal and EDP Sciences that allows the co-authors of an A&A
paper to work collaboratively on a single version of their manuscript.
The authors can login to the system with their Orcid ID and from
there, they can work on their article communicating directly with
their co-authors, using a variety of tools. Once ready for submission,
the article can be automatically uploaded into the A&A submission
system, with key fields pre-filled ready for checking.
“Writing is hard and scientific writing is harder, and any help a
journal can provide to assist with the process is greatly appreciated,
especially by younger authors”, said Thierry Forveille,
Editor-in-Chief of A&A. João Alves, Letters Editor-in-Chief, added
“The Writing Studio provides A&A authors with a new way to tackle
their most important task: to sit down and transform astronomical data
into knowledge, word by word. This is a difficult task and the Writing
Studio aims to provide tools to ease this critical process”.
Jean-Marc Quilbé, President of EDP Sciences stated, “as publisher of
A&A Journal, we constantly seek to improve the experience our authors
have publishing with us. We have developed the Writing Studio to allow
authors to spend less time with LaTex and process, and more time on
presenting and defending their science in collaboration with their
The key benefits that Writing Studio brings are:
* A collaborative LaTeX solution: Multiple co-authors can jointly work
on a single version of the paper with up-to-date A&A macros already
* Direct communication between co-authors: Co-authors can ask each
other questions and can chat for real-time interactions.
* Dropbox integration: Articles can be edited offline and
automatically synchronized with the Dropbox online copy.
* Ease of Submission: (future functionality) article can be uploaded
to the A&A submission system with a single click, with key fields
pre-filled and ready for checking.
* Easier links to astronomical objects: Authors get auto-completion
for astronomical objects and additional information using tools
developed with the CDS.
* ORCID integration: Authors login to Writing Studio and are
recognized by their Orcid ID.
EDP Sciences has chosen the Open Source ShareLateX to build this tool
and a beta version was opened for testers in August 2015. The next
step is to link Writing Studio with all the EDP Sciences journals and
their submission systems and integrate this tool in a comprehensive
LaTeX dedicated workflow, from the writing of an article through to
its online publication.
For more information about this release, please contact Nathalie
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EDP Sciences is a not-for-profit publisher, established in 1920. It is
owned by professional societies with a mission to participate in the
dissemination of important research that accelerates scientific
progress and cross-fertilization of ideas of the society in general.
EDP Sciences is located in Paris and London and publishes over 55
scientific journals in the physical sciences, mathematics, life and
environmental sciences, energy, materials and engineering, health and
biomedical sciences. It also publishes 20 professional magazines,
conference proceedings (www.webofconferences.org) and books.
About Astronomy & Astrophysics Journal
Astronomy & Astrophysics is one of the premier astronomy journals and
publishes papers on all aspects of astronomy and astrophysics
(theoretical, observational, and instrumental). The Journal is
governed by a Board of Directors whose members are designated by
Member Countries. The Board decides on the policies for A&A, which
include the general guidelines for publishing, the selection of the
Editors, the various financial aspects, as well as the membership of