Last week Tim Gowers, Cambridge University mathematician and open access advocate who led the recent boycott of Elsevier, announced an exciting new open access initiative for mathematicians on his blog.
The project, called the Episciences Project, will make it super quick and easy to set up open access journals called “epijournals”. Epijournals are electronic journals that link to pre-prints of academic journals held on arXiv servers. The articles collected in these journals will have gone through the same editorial processes and peer review that traditional journal articles have. However, in epijournals these articles are not formatted or typeset and, therefore, cost almost nothing to produce.
All costs associated with site maintenance will be covered by the Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe (CCSD) in collaboration with the Institut Fourier at Grenoble University leaving the scientific community free to run its own publishing system.
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