Instructions for Authors

Important notice for submissions from September 2019 on

From September 2019, it will no longer be possible to submit papers to the journal Acta Acustica united with Acustica. The publishing of the journal will be stopped at the end of the year 2019, with the Vol 105, Issue 6. For this reason, taking into account the average time for the peer review and the publishing, it will be not possible to submit a paper after 13th of September, 2019.
During the period from 1996 to 2019, the cooperation between EAA and Hirzel Verlag has proved to be of outstanding quality, and Acta Acustica united with Acustica is one of the leading journals in general Acoustics, in Europe and overseas. Since 1996, the journal was offered within a subscription based model. Subscribers also got access to an online archive of the journal with articles back to 1951. For some years now Acta Acustica united with Acustica also offered the possibility to publish contributions as Open Access publications.

During the next weeks, the European Acoustics Association and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal will inform authors further about the publishing project from 2020.
Jorge Patricio, EAA President, Jean Kergomard, Editor-in-Chief

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1. Function and Scope

Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published in collaboration with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, including

• General Linear Acoustics, • Nonlinear Acoustics, Macrosonics, • Aeroacoustics, • Atmospheric Sound, • Underwater Sound, • Ultrasonics, • Physical Acoustics, • Structural Acoustics, • Noise Control, • Active Control, • Environmental Noise, • Building Acoustics, • Room Acoustics, • Acoustic Materials and Metamaterials, • Audio Signal Processing and Transducers, • Computational and Numerical Acoustics, • Hearing, Audiology and Psychoacoustics, • Speech, • Musical Acoustics, • Virtual Acoustics, • Auditory Quality of Systems, • Animal bioacoustics, • History of Acoustics.

The journal reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers review papers, scientific papers, technical and applied papers, short communications, letters to the editor, and fast track articles. From time to time, special issues and review articles are also published. For book reviews or doctoral thesis abstracts, please contact the EAA.

Publication in EAA conferences or in conferences of the EAA member societies does not affect the manuscript submission and the review process in Acta Acustica united with Acustica. The material submitted is still considered as original material.


2. Manuscripts

2.1. Text processing

The Editors of Acta Acustica united with Acustica recommend that manuscripts should be written in LaTeX [1, 2]. This ensures that the manuscript is easily readable and greatly reduces costs. As a benefit to the author, the paper can be published considerably faster. Authors not familiar with LaTeX can use open source document processing systems based on top of the LaTeX typesetting system (e.g. Lyx, or may submit their manuscript as Word, WordPerfect, or RTF.

2.2. Languages

The only accepted language is English. Authors of contributions in English who require linguistic support may indicate this upon submission of their manuscripts.

2.3. Style

2.3.1. Formatting text

Any submitted manuscript should be in a form that allows the referees efficient study. No special formatting is required, but it should be:

The sheets of the manuscript should not be bound or stapled. Formulae should be clearly written using standard symbols which are explained at their first appearance. Nomenclatures or lists of symbols will be dropped.

2.3.2. Figures

In order to ensure a readable appearance in the printed version, authors are asked to adhere strictly to some guidelines for the design of figures (see for example Figures 1 and 2):

Figure 1. Recent values of the Impact Factor (IF) of AAA as computed by Thomson-Reuters.
Please do not forget that the IF is first, a measure of the size of a discipline.


Figure 2. (Colour online) Top: total time from first submission to first Editor decision
in days) since 3 years. The values of the most recent months are not significant,
and have been zeroed. Both the Editorial Board and the reviewers do their best to
provide useful reviews in a reasonably short time! Bottom: monthly number of
spontaneous submission (thick, black line); monthly number of rejected papers (thin, grey line).

Figures should be submitted as separate files (one file per figure), in a vector graphic format: encapsulated postscript, .eps; Portable document format .pdf or any other true vector format. Bitmap formats like .bmp, .tif, .jpg etc. are only allowed for photographs and similar graphic material. Standard encapsulated postscript is recommended.
If the figures are on separate pages, the number of each figure and the name of the first author must be marked.
Figures in the print version of the journal are usually reproduced in black and white. Inclusion of coloured figures in the print version requires a special fee to be paid to the publisher. In the online version of the journal colour figures can be included at no extra cost, provided that the information contained in them is clearly recognizable and distinguishable when printed in black and white in the print version. A price list is given on

When preparing illustrations that will appear in colour in the online journal and in black and white in the print journal, authors must ensure that the chosen colours appear suitably when printed in black and white. Descriptions of figures in the text and captions should apply clearly to both versions, print and online. If a figure will appear in black and white in the print journal and in colour in the online journal, the statement ”(Colour online)“ should be added to the figure caption. The caption of colour figures that appear in black and white in the print journal may not contain indications referring to colours, such as ”red line“, ”blue line“ etc.

2.4. Bibliography

Articles submitted to Acta Acustica united with Acustica should cite all relevant work, part of which should have appeared in Acoustics journals such as Acta Acustica united with Acustica. This criterion will be applied to determine whether the article is within scope of the journal.

The number of citations should not exceed 80 except for review papers. References are cited by numbers in rectangular brackets, for example [3, 4]. The reference list is placed at the end of the manuscript. The order of references is according to their appearance in the article. All author names should be included in the reference (cf. References below).

For Latex contributions, if the bibliography is done in an external .bib file, authors are asked to upload both the .bib and the .bbl files obtained by a ”bibtex“ compilation of the main .tex file on their own computer.

The official abbreviation for Acta Acustica united with Acustica is: ”Acta Acust united Ac“.

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3. Submission

New and revised manuscripts shall be submitted online at the Editorial Manager  website (Click here) (see also Author Tutorial an Reviewer Tutorial given by Editorial Manager). The following information will need to be provided during submission:

3.1. Article type

Acta Acustica united with Acustica publishes review papers, scientific papers, short communications, technical and applied papers, letters to the editor, and a new article type: fast track.

For accepted scientific papers, technical and applied papers and review papers there is a paid open access publication option upon acceptance of a manuscript (alternatively to publishing a paper as a subscription article without a publication fee) (see Section 6.1).

3.2. Title

The manuscript title should be chosen carefully to reflect the content of the manuscript. No claims for novelty should appear in the title.
A short title should be suggested to appear in the heading of each page of the article.

3.3. Author(s) and their affiliation

The corresponding author should be fully registered in the online manuscript handling system. For other authors that are not registered, entering name and affiliation is sufficient. The submitting author can select a different author to become the corresponding author.

3.4. Field (Section/Category)

Manuscripts will be published and indexed under this Field in Acta Acustica united with Acustica.

3.5. Summary and conclusion

The summary should be a brief and precise representation of the content of your manuscript. The choice of wording is of utmost importance since searching in different indexes is mainly based on the summary text. The Summary must be limited to 200 words for Papers, or to 100 words for Letters to the Editor and Short Communications.
The conclusion summarizes the consequences of the work. It differs from the summary. Authors need to distinguish ”The method XXX has been applied...“ from ”The method XXX allows to...“ or ”The method XXX is limited by...“, for example.

3.6. Classification (PACS number)

For additional classification and for selecting reviewers, the PACS (Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme) is used. Please select one to five keywords accurately describing the area of your manuscript from the list.

3.7. Statement concerning the originality of the work

A manuscript can only be considered for publication if it is not under review or in print with another journal, as a whole or in substantial part. Previous submission to another journal is no objection, but the reason for submitting to Acta Acustica united with Acustica should be clarified.

3.8. Comments to the Editorial Office (optional)

Optionally, additional comments to the editorial board can be added. These comments will not be forwarded to the reviewers.

3.9. Suggested reviewers

With the exception of Letters to the Editor, the author is requested to suggest three reviewers. The editors are free to follow these suggestions or not. Please do not suggest three reviewers from the same country. Optionally, the author can oppose possible reviewers. Please give a good reason to oppose a reviewer. The editors reserve the right to ignore these objections.

3.10. Downloading files

Files containing the manuscript and figures should be uploaded online. At least one item ”Manuscript“ should be attached to the submission. If multiple documents are added, they will be included in the automatically generated PDF file used for review in the order given in the submission.

Figures should be submitted as separate files (a vector graphic format is required except for photographs). In the event of any problems while uploading a manuscript, please contact the Editor-in-Chief's office at the address given below.

Once the above information is entered into the system, a manuscript PDF file will be generated. The submitting author should approve this automatically built file. Your manuscript will then be assigned a manuscript number and the Editor-in-Chief will forward it to an appropriate Associate Editor. The Associate Editor will send the manuscript to referees, supervise the reviewing process and inform you of his/her decision. Final disposition is up to the Editor-in-Chief. You can follow the review process at any time by logging in to the EM website,

3.11 Electronic Supplementary Material

Authors can submit Supplementary Material (SM) to complement their article. This might include additional figures or examples, animations, movies, audio, data sets used in the paper, computer code used to generate figures or tables, or other materials. SM is information that will be useful to a subset of readers, but is not essential to comprehension of the main results of the published article.
All files must be submitted electronically at the same time as the submission of the associated article. A simple naming convention should be used for files (e.g. suppl1.wav, suppl2.mp4, ...). In the submitted paper, the supplementary material has to be announced at the right place, and, at least, in a special, non-numbered, section entitled "Supplementary material", immediately after the section "Acknowledgement".

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4. Special issues

For topics of special interest, the Editor-in-Chief can decide to publish a special issue (or a special section in a regular issue). Proposals should be submitted to him. The following rules apply: two Associate Editors from two different countries are appointed; authors of several countries are invited to submit a paper; the peer-review process is regular; the paper format is the format of regular papers.


5. Proofs, Copyright, Self-archiving policy and Offprints

5.1. Proofs

Proofs will be sent to the person indicated as the corresponding author at submission of the manuscript on the first page of the manuscript. The corrected proofs should be returned within 8 days; corrections should be carefully done and clearly indicated. No new material can be inserted in the text at the time of proof reading.

5.2. Copyright assignment

The submitting/corresponding author will need to fill in and sign the Copyright Transfer Statement for the journal and return it to the publisher. To get to this form please click here.

To get to information on what rights you retain as an author and information about the journals self-archiving policy for authors, please go to Copyright & Self-Archiving Policy.

The above holds for subscription articles without a publication fee only. For paid open access articles and fast track articles, see Section 6.3.

5.3. Offprints

As soon as the article has been published in the online version of Acta Acust united Ac a complimentary copy of the article in PDF format will be sent to the corresponding author, together with a notification letter recapitulating the Copyright and Self-Archiving Policy of the Journal.

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6. Open Access publication option, Fast Track Article option, Fees

6.1. Open Access publication option for research articles

Alternatively to publishing a paper as a subscription article without a publication fee, there is a paid open access publication option upon acceptance of a manuscript. Authors may choose this option, if they wish to have their accepted manuscripts (scientific papers, technical and applied papers, review papers) published immediately open access upon publication without any embargo period. For instance, open access might be a requirement of their institutions or research funders, allowing also non-subscribers of the journal to access their articles free-of-charge.

6.2. Open Access Fast Track Article

Authors may choose this article type for fast track and open access publication of short scientific papers characterized by their concision and originality.

6.3. General

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7. Addresses

Correspondence concerning manuscript status should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief:

Prof. Jean Kergomard
Directeur de recherche
Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique
CNRS - 4 impasse Nikola Tesla CS 40006
13453 Marseille Cedex 13 France

Inquiries concerning manuscript style, file formats, layout of tables and figures and of the final paper
may be sent to the Production Manager:

Dr. Johann Wempen
Daucherstr. 98
D-85053 Ingolstadt
Phone +49 841 97 5852


S. Hirzel Verlag
Birkenwaldstr. 44
70191 Stuttgart
PO Box 10 10 61
70009 Stuttgart
Phone +49 (0)711 25 82-0
Fax +49 (0)711 25 82-290


If appropriate.



[1]  F. Mittelbach, M. Goossens, J. Braams, D. Carlisle, C. Rowley: The LaTeX Companion. Second edition. Addison-Wesley Professional, Bonn, Germany, 2004.

[2]  The LaTeX Project, LaTeX - A document preparation system,, 2011.

[3]   B. C. J. Moore, Gockel: Factors influencing sequential stream segregation. Acta Acust united Ac 88 (2001) 320-333.

[4]   L. Cremer, H. A. Müller: Principles and applications of room acoustics. Chapman and Hall, London, 1982.


Version: 2018-05-01

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