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posted by jeffburdges (11 comments total)
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a series of arXiv
overlay journals called the Episciences Project that aim
to exclude existing publishers
from research publication in mathematics. As arXiv overlays, the Episciences Project avoids the editing and typesetting costs that existing open-access journals pay for using article processing charges. The French Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe
(CCSD) is backing the remaining expenses, such as developing the platform.Jean-Pierre Demailly
is the one responsible for convincing the CCSD to back an arXiv overlay approach. Various arXiv based approaches have been heavily discussed by mathematicians and physicists because authors do all their own typesetting work in math and physics anyways. Terrence Tao
his involvement as well.
Gowers has also explained
his involvement with the traditional open-access journal Forum of Mathematics
. In essence, Forum impose article processing charges only on an author's institution, and only if the institution will pay, and some authors may require publication in traditional looking journals when discussing their work with non-mathematicians.