Innovative Math Journal Publishes First Articles

Post Date:
Oct 31, 2019

Queen’s University Library is pleased to announce that a new and innovative journal in mathematics, which the library has supported since its beginnings, has recently published its first five articles. The journal, Advances in Combinatorics, is an overlay journal, built entirely on articles contained in the arXiv repository and founded by Timothy Gowers (University of Cambridge) and Dan Kral (University of Warwick).

“Our support of this journal is part of the library’s ongoing efforts to advance innovative, cost-effective scholarly communication models, and we are very pleased to see the first articles being published in Advances in Combinatorics,” says Michael Vandenburg, Interim Vice-Provost and University Librarian.

Queen’s Library was keen to participate in the venture from the outset, with former vice-provost (digital planning) and university librarian Martha Whitehead spearheading efforts at Queen’s and collaborating with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The library covers the relatively low costs of the journal and provides administrative support.

“I am excited by the business model of the journal, which is that its very small running costs are being met, for the next five years, by Queen’s University Library,” wrote Dr. Gowers on his blog. “My dream would be for other libraries to have the foresight to support similar ventures, since the potential for savings … is huge.”

Dr. Gowers also explained the model on social media: “An arXiv overlay journal is one where the articles are not hosted by the journal itself but simply live on arXiv. That doesn't mean they are "just preprints" – they are refereed in the usual way and are prepared using a style file. The journal is free to read and free to publish in. It has annual running costs roughly comparable to the cost of publishing a single open access article in a commercial journal.”

More information about the Advances in Combinatorics journal is available in this Queen’s Gazette article.

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