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Aims and scope

Computational astrophysics opens new windows in the way we perceive and study the heavens. This rapidly growing new discipline in astronomy combines modern computational methods, novel hardware design, advanced algorithms for both simulations and data analysis, original software implementations and associated technologies to discover new phenomena, and to make predictions in astronomy, cosmology and planetary sciences.

In the journal Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology (CompAC) we unify two distinct groups of disciplines:

  • Astronomy, planetary sciences, physics and cosmology
  • Computational and information science

The combination of these disciplines leads to a wide range of topics which, from an astronomical point of view, cover all scales and a rich palette of statistics, physics and chemistry.  Computing is interpreted in the broadest sense and may include hardware, algorithms, software, networking, reduction and management of big data resulting from large telescopes and surveys, modeling, simulation, visualization, high-performance computing, data intensive computing and machine learning.

CompAC publishes novel full-length research articles, letters-to-the editor, comprehensive reviews, and concise manuals describing best practices in scientific computing and software reports.

Articles submitted to CompAC should be transparent and include all technical details for reproducibility of computational results, as well as information where benchmarks of the codes used may be found. Besides providing detailed information on simulations in the main part of simulation papers, authors will be motivated to attach an appendix to their article providing relevant information on the source code used for the research described in the manuscript.

Why publish your article in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology?

High visibility

Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £785.00/$1230.00/€1000.00 for each article accepted for publication.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

SpringerOpen provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.  

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous Publication of research articles by Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology

Articles in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title.Comput Astrophys Cosmology [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse.Comput Astrophys Cosmology 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

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Funding your APC

​​​​​​​Open access funding and policy support by SpringerOpen​​

​​​​We offer a free open access support service to make it easier for you to discover and apply for article-processing charge (APC) funding. Learn more here