Math journal editors resign to start rival open-access journal

“The four editors in chief of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics have informed their publisher, Springer, of their intention to launch a rival open-access journal to protest the publisher’s high prices and limited accessibility. This is the latest in a string of what one observer called “editorial mutinies” over journal publishing policies….”

Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics flips to Fair Open Access

“At the end of June 2017, the four editors-in-chief of the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics

informed Springer that they will not renew their contracts, which terminate on 31 December 2017.

Nearly all of the editorial board members will also resign, to form the editorial board of a new

journal that will be called Algebraic Combinatorics, run according to Fair Open Access Principles.

The new journal Algebraic Combinatorics will be up and running very shortly, with interim editorsin-chief

Satoshi Murai and Vic Reiner. The transition to Fair Open Access is supported by the

organisation Mathematics in Open Access (MathOA)….”

MathOA – Converting mathematics journals to open access

“In order to facilitate the rapid conversion of existing subscription journals to a “Fair Open Access” model based on open access, no author fees, and control by the research community, the MathOA foundation has been established in December 2016. It is modelled on the linguistics organization LingOA. Further disciplinary “xOA” organizations are being created, and an overarching Fair Open Access Alliance is also planned.

The main purpose of MathOA is to smooth the way for editorial boards to negotiate with commercial publishers, and to resign and set up the converted journal if required. Finding transitional and sustainable funding is a key task of MathOA. We are actively pursuing funding options and discussions with editorial boards.

MathOA is a non-profit foundation based in the Netherlands, a so-called Stichting in compliance with Dutch law. MathOA is formally governed by its board members and the executive editors of participating journals.  …”