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The fascinating physics behind a banjo’s distinctive voice

Researchers measure and synthesize the musical acoustics of a 5-string banjo

Musical instruments bring delight to players and listeners alike. Creating the voice – or characteristic style and tone – of an instrument is an exquisite balance of physics and craftsmanship. To date, there has been little analysis of the acoustics responsible for different plucked-string instruments’ distinct voices.

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DOAJ Seal awarded to Acta Acustica demonstrating “best practice in open access publishing”

We are pleased to announce that Acta Acustica, among 22 other EDP Sciences’ journals, has recently been awarded the DOAJ Seal which “is awarded to journals that demonstrate best practice in open access publishing”. Only around 10% of journals indexed in the DOAJ are awarded the DOAJ Seal, so it is a gratifying mark of recognition of the excellent work Acta Acustica is doing.

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Video Interview – A Discussion with the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Acta Acustica

Acta Acustica, the official journal of the European Acoustics Association (EAA), completed its first year as a fully open access publication at the end of 2020. We were pleased to learn more about the ethos of the journal in discussion with Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dr. h.c. Manfred Kaltenbacher (Editor-in-Chief) and Prof. Jean Kergomard (Co-Editor in Chief at the time and now Consulting Editor). They kindly took the time to answer some of our questions about publishing in the journal, and the future of Acta Acustica.

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With its first special issue on “Auditory models: from binaural processing to multimodal cognition”, Acta Acustica moves from open access to open science

Acta Acustica, the journal of the European Acoustics Association (EAA), opens its first special issue since its relaunch as an open access journal in January 2020. Editors are seeking submissions on the topic of “Auditory models: from binaural processing to multimodal cognition”. The deadline for submissions is March 2021. Articles will be published as soon as they are available.

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Acta Acustica now indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

We are pleased to announce that Acta Acustica, the Journal of the European Acoustics Association, has just been accepted into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) where it joins over 12000 other high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. These journals cover all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. This is a great step forwards for Acta Acustica which became the first acoustics journal of a learned society to transition to open access at the beginning of 2020. Indexation in the DOAJ means Acta Acustica is in compliance with the open access policy of the DOAJ and meets all the strict criteria required for inclusion.

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Acta Acustica and CNRS conclude pure publish open access agreement

Paris, France, 11 May 2020: Acta Acustica and the CNRS (le Centre national de la recherche scientifique) are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of a pure publish open access agreement which enables corresponding authors affiliated with selected CNRS laboratories to publish open access in Acta Acustica free of charge. The agreement with the CNRS is the first open access agreement to be concluded on behalf of Acta Acustica.

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Acta Acustica now indexed in IET Inspec

We are pleased to announce that Acta Acustica is now indexed in IET Inspec, the definitive engineering, physics, and computer science research database.

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New Editor in Chief for Acta Acustica

The Board of the EAA is glad to announce the nomination of a new Editor in Chief our Journal “Acta Acustica” by May 1st : Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn. Dr. h.c. Manfred Kaltenbacher.

Manfred is presently an associate editor of AA, he possesses a good knowledge of acoustics and acousticians and has been recently elected President of the Austrian Acoustics Association. Manfred is Head of Technical Acoustics at the Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics/E325-A3 at Vienna University of Technology, and is moving to the Graz University of Technology. He has accepted the challenge to make our new open access Journal a big success. Please help him in his mission!

He will be assisted by Dr. Jean Kergomard, the present EiC who will be acting for one year as “Past Editor in Chief”.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean for all the effort he has put (and will continue) for 6 years to making our Journals internationally recognized!
Very early, he realized the transition of publication word to open access and dared conducting this transition (with the support of previous board) within the EAA which is now one of the first scientific associations proposing open access journal to its members.

Prof. Manell ZAKHARIA.
President of the European Acoustics Association.
https://euracoustics.org/

An ‘open’ road for Acta Acustica, the journal of the European Acoustics Association

Last June, it gave us great pleasure to announce that EDP Sciences and the European Acoustics Association (EAA) had agreed to publish Acta Acustica (formerly Acta Acustica united with Acustica) in partnership from January 2020. At the time, we also announced that the journal would become fully gold open access from January 2020. Now, with the publication of its first editorial, and with four more articles accepted for publication, we are delighted to announce that Acta Acustica is live.

In his editorial, Professor Manell Zakharia, President of the EAA, expresses the desire “…to make Acta Acustica, a top scientific level Journal and transform the first full open access Acoustics Journal controlled by a non-profit association in a great success.” To support this aim, the EAA has established a financial support system for authors belonging to the EAA National Societies to support the cost of article processing charges (APCs) for EAA society members.

The current editorial board will remain in place, led by Professor Jean Kergomard, Editor-in-Chief and Director of Research at the Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique, CNRS in Marseille, France.

“The launch of the new open access journal during the International Year of Sound is timely,” commented Anne Ruimy, Senior Publishing Editor. “Acta Acustica is sure to create a ‘buzz’ in the acoustics community!”

Acta Acustica reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications covering all subjects in the field of acoustics. Visit the Acta Acustica website to find out more about the journal, to read the instructions for authors or submit a paper and to sign-up for free e-mail alerts so that you never miss future articles.

Forthcoming articles include:

  • Passive modelling of the electrodynamic loudspeaker: from the Thiele-Small model to nonlinear Port-Hamiltonian Systems
  • Effect of phoneme variations on blind reverberation time estimation
  • Correction of the Doppler distortion generated by a vibrating baffled piston

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Senior Publishing Editor, EDP Sciences.

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