A new journal in combinatorics

Advances in Combinatorics is set up as a combinatorics journal for high-quality papers, principally in the less algebraic parts of combinatorics. It will be an arXiv overlay journal, so free to read, and it will not charge authors. Like its cousin Discrete Analysis (which has recently published its 50th paper) it will be run on the Scholastica platform. Its minimal costs are being paid for by the library at Queen’s University in Ontario, which is also providing administrative support

Investigating peer review overlay services

Today, a new journal in mathematics was launched by Timothy Gowers and Dan Kral. The journal, called ‘Advances in Combinatorics’, is an overlay journal, built entirely on articles contained in the arXiv repository. It is free to read and will not charge authors to publish. The relatively low costs of running the journal are being covered by Queen’s University Library in Ontario, Canada, which is also providing administrative support.

 

PCI Evol Biol

“Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology (PCI Evol Biol) has been launched in January 2017. It is a community of 339 recommenders playing the role of editors who recommend unpublished preprints based on peer-reviews to make them complete, reliable and citable articles, without the need for publication in ‘traditional’ journals. Evaluation and recommendation by PCI Evol Biol are free of charge. When a recommender decides to recommend a preprint, he/she writes a recommendation text that is published along with all the editorial correspondence (reviews, recommender’s decisions, authors’ replies) by PCI Evol Biol. The preprint itself is not published by PCI Evol Biol; it remains in the preprint server where it has been posted by the authors. PCI Evol Biol recommenders can also recommend, but to a lesser extent, postprints….”

[1608.07878] TrueReview: A Platform for Post-Publication Peer Review

Abstract:  In post-publication peer review, scientific contributions are first published in open-access forums, such as arXiv or other digital libraries, and are subsequently reviewed and possibly ranked and/or evaluated. Compared to the classical process of scientific publishing, in which review precedes publication, post-publication peer review leads to faster dissemination of ideas, and publicly-available reviews. The chief concern in post-publication reviewing consists in eliciting high-quality, insightful reviews from participants. 

We describe the mathematical foundations and structure of TrueReview, an open-source tool we propose to build in support of post-publication review. In TrueReview, the motivation to review is provided via an incentive system that promotes reviews and evaluations that are both truthful (they turn out to be correct in the long run) and informative (they provide significant new information). TrueReview organizes papers in venues, allowing different scientific communities to set their own submission and review policies. These venues can be manually set-up, or they can correspond to categories in well-known repositories such as arXiv. The review incentives can be used to form a reviewer ranking that can be prominently displayed alongside papers in the various disciplines, thus offering a concrete benefit to reviewers. The paper evaluations, in turn, reward the authors of the most significant papers, both via an explicit paper ranking, and via increased visibility in search.

Predecessors of preprint servers

Abstract:  Although there was an early experiment in the 1960s with the central distribution of paper preprints in the biomedical sciences, these sciences have not been early adopters of electronic preprint servers. Some barriers to the development of a ‘preprint culture’ in the biomedical sciences are described. Multiple factors that, from the 1960s, fostered the transition from a paper-based preprint culture in high energy physics to an electronic one are also described. A new revolution in scientific publishing, in which journals come to be regarded as an overlay on electronic preprint databases, will probably overtake some areas of research much more quickly than others.

Predecessors of preprint servers

Abstract:  Although there was an early experiment in the 1960s with the central distribution of paper preprints in the biomedical sciences, these sciences have not been early adopters of electronic preprint servers. Some barriers to the development of a ‘preprint culture’ in the biomedical sciences are described. Multiple factors that, from the 1960s, fostered the transition from a paper-based preprint culture in high energy physics to an electronic one are also described. A new revolution in scientific publishing, in which journals come to be regarded as an overlay on electronic preprint databases, will probably overtake some areas of research much more quickly than others.

SciPost:

From the “about” page:

  • Two-way open access
    Publicly-funded science should be openly accessible to scientists and the general public, perpetually, worldwide. Conversely, scientists should not have to pay publishing charges to disseminate the fruits of their research efforts.
  • Non-profit
    Academics do not perform research for profit, and by extension the publication of their scientific results should not involve commercial profit-making.
  • By Professionals
    Scientists should carry the final responsibility for all stages in the scientific publishing process.
  • Peer-witnessed refereeing
    Scientific publications should undergo the strictest possible peer refereeing process, witnessed by the community instead of hidden behind closed doors.
  • Accountable and credited refereeing
    Peer refereeing should be accountable, and should be incentivized by being credited.
  • Post-publication evaluation
    Peer evaluation does not stop at the moment of publication.

Quantum – the open journal for quantum science

“We propose the launch of an arXiv overlay journal for quant-ph. Quantum is a free and open access peer-reviewed journal that provides high visibility for quality research on quantum science and related fields. It is an effort by researchers and for researchers to make science more open and publishing more transparent and efficient….”

Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique – Homepage

“Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique is a peer-reviewed mathematical journal founded in 2015. The selection of articles follows a usual editorial process: the submissions are evaluated by the editorial board after reception of the referee reports. Articles are published in english or in french (with an abstract in english)….Épijournal de Géométrie Algébrique also aims at promoting the Épisciences platform among the mathematical community. This platform (a new tool devoted to scientific edition) enables to publish peer-reviewed research articles submitted from an open repository. Developed by the CCSD (a common service of CNRS, INRIA and University of Lyon), it consists of a high-quality technical interface and it benefits from a long-term institutional support. Its evolution (development of the interface and creation of new tools) is carried out in close colaboration with the scientific community….”

I am thinking of starting an…arxiv-based overlay journal in logic

“I am thinking of starting an effort to mount an arxiv-based overlay journal in logic, in the style of Discrete Analysis (https://gowers.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/discrete-analysis-an-arxiv-overlay-journal/). 

My idea would be a completely open-access journal focussing on topics in mathematical and philosophical logic, on the overlay journal concept.

Please let me know below if there is interest in supporting such a venture. Would you submit your research articles to such a journal? Would you serve as referee? As editor? To what extent would the community support such a venture? 

Please vote-up or share this post if this is a venture that you would support.  If there is strong support for such an effort, I will take it more seriously to make it happen….”