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We would like to congratulate our longstanding colleague, Giorgio Parisi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, who has been awarded one half of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 “for the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales”. He shares this wonderful award with Syukuro Manabe and Klaus Hasselmann who, together with Professor Parisi, have been recognised “for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems”.

We are happy to welcome Alfonso San Miguel as Associate Editor to the EPJ – Special Topics (EPJ ST) editorial board. He is joining an international team of highly respected specialists and will be in charge of topical issues in materials science.

We are glad to introduce Enrico Formenti, from Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (now Université Côte d’Azur) as the new Editor-in-Chief of RAIRO-ITA. He replaces two of the current Editors-in-Chief; Dr. Olivier Serre and Prof. Christian Choffrut will retire from their editorial duties, while Dr. Sylvain Périfel will remain as co-Editor-in-Chief for a transition period of one year.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Biswajeet Pradhan, an internationally established scientist and author specialising in systems and modelling, to the Web of Conferences editorial board where he will support . ITM Web of Conferences and the areas of Information Technology, Computer Science and Mathematics.

We are pleased to announce that Mechanics & Industry (M&I) has just been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) where it joins over 16,500 other high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. These journals cover all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. In addition to the indexation, M&I has also been awarded the DOAJ Seal for “best practice in open access publishing”. This is a wonderful moment for M&I and comes only a few short months after it transitioned to full open access at the start of 2021.

As we slowly start to resume our pre-pandemic routines, we are heartened that the efforts of scientists to advance science for the betterment of society are more widely recognised and applauded than ever before. Reviewers, those oft-unsung heroes of publishing, play a vital role in keeping science ‘honest’. Peer Review Week therefore reminds us to pause for a moment, to thank our reviewers and to reflect on their contribution to understanding and tackling the challenges we face. Without doubt, “good peer review, whatever shape or form it might take, is critical to scholarly communications.”

We are pleased to announce that the next session in our Science Publishing Masterclasses series has been scheduled for 12-13 October 2021 in partnership, once again, with the Lumen Learning Center of the Université Paris-Saclay. Unlike recent sessions which were delivered online, this workshop will take place in person at the Institut de Mathématique d’Orsay.

We are pleased to present our new Archives feature “Modern commentaries – throwing new light on the past” realised in partnership with SciencePod.

On 2 July 2021, the highly-distinguished title of “Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour” (“Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur au grade de chevalier”) was bestowed upon Doctor Jacques Caton in recognition of 50 years of service to Orthopaedics and Traumatology surgery, and his role as spokesperson for the specialty in France. Doctor Caton was Secretary General, then President, of the National Trade Union of Orthopaedics and Traumatology Surgeons for over 20 years.

EDP Sciences is committed to supporting and respecting the rights and identities of all authors in accordance with the principles informing the Committee on Publication Ethics’ (COPE) working group. EDP Sciences has therefore introduced an author name change policy offering two routes to changing an author name on published papers in order to support anonymity for authors with a need for privacy.