Episciences Project to launch series of community-run, open-access journals.

Mathematicians plan to launch a series of free open-access journals that will host their peer-reviewed articles on the preprint server arXiv. The project was publicly revealed yesterday in a blog post by Tim Gowers. The initiative, called the Episciences Project, hopes to show that researchers can organize the peer review and publication of their work at minimal cost, without involving commercial publishers.
For the Episciences Project, the Centre for Direct Scientific Communication (CCSD), a unit of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, plans to create a publishing platform that will support online peer-reviewed journals. Each journal, or ‘epijournal’, would have its own editor and editorial board, and authors could submit their arXiv-posted papers to their journal of choice. The journal would then organize peer review, perhaps using workflow software provided by the CCSD.
Information: http://www.nature.com/news/mathematicians-aim-to-take-publishers-out-of-...


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