The centre Mersenne is a public publishing infrastructure serving the scientific community.
It aims to promote scientific publishing and dissemination of publications (journals, books, seminars and conferences) from all scientific disciplines (mathematics, physics, statistics, computer science…), both national and international, committed to open access and publishing mainly in LaTeX.
The centre Mersenne offers:
The centre Mersenne, set up by the CNRS and the Université Grenoble Alpes – UGA in response to a request from the scientific community, offers an alternative means of publication:
The Centre Mersenne has a dual purpose:
to promote scientific publishing
To support the editorial teams
Who the Centre Mersenne is aimed at?
The centre Mersenne was launched in January 2018 under the impetus of CNRS and UGA, with the support of the Grenoble IDEX.
The platform is developed by Mathdoc, a support and research unit of CNRS and Université Grenoble Alpes. Its mission is to develop documentary and publishing projects for the French mathematics community: Numdam, Portail Math or the centre Mersenne.
A team led by mathematicians:
The Steering Committee, composed of representatives of the supervisory bodies and the project, is kept informed of the activity, gives guidelines and decides on priorities when the workload exceeds the available resources.
It provides advice to the steering committee on journal acceptance, orientations and priorities. It is composed of:
Open Access / Diamond Open Access
- The Centre Mersenne promotes the view that open acess should be the normal way of disseminating research without any financial, legal or technical barrier.
- Research outputs should be freely, openly available to everyone over the long term. This involves the use of free licenses, such as Creative Commons CC-0, CC-BY, CC-BY-ND. See the summary table of the dissemination policies of the journals hosted on our platform.
- The Centre Mersenne’s agenda is to support Diamond Open Access or Gold OA without APC (no fees required to read nor to publish). This is why Open Access is one of the Centre Mersenne’s main selection criteria for publications willing to join.
- The Centre Mersenne adheres to the principles stated by the International Council for Science.
- Peer-review process is one of the Centre Mersenne’s selection criteria. This ensures a state-of-the-art quality-control over the published papers. All the articles of the publications published by the Centre Mersenne are reviewed by peers.
- The centre Mersenne encourages journal editorial teams to adhere to the COPE guidelines on peer review.
- The Centre Mersenne supports the Peer Review process through its service ‘Support to editorial process’ with the OJS software.
The Centre Mersenne is run by a public organization and its operation is not-for-profit, created by researchers, for researchers. It endeavours to fight research output’s privatisation and outrageous profit-making out of the scientific commons.
- The Centre Mersenne takes care of long-term preservation of every document published. To do this, we used the CLOCKSS permanent archiving solution.
- All documents and data hosted at Centre Mersenne are archived and can be made available for free, in case the Centre Mersenne were to cease activities.
The Centre Mersenne is committed to be transparent on its business model, pricing structure, and selection procedure.
The Centre Mersenne is committed to be transparent on its business model, pricing structure, and selection procedure. This logic requires stable and sustainable resources.
The economic model chosen by the centre Mersenne is a mixed one, since it involves a joint participation of the sponsoring institutions and the publications, depending on the services they request.
Structure of funding sources
The centre Mersenne has several sources of funding: its sponsors, journals, donations and project funding.
hus, the CNRS (INSMI, DDOR) and the Université Grenoble Alpes, the two supervisors of the centre Mersenne, grant fixed and exceptional subsidies to our publishing platform.
Journals contribute to the cost of installation, maintenance and provision of certain optional services for their websites.
The centre Mersenne also receives donations from laboratories, universities and libraries. If you wish to make a donation, you can contact us at the contact address. Our main donors :
Finally, the centre Mersenne also benefits from grants linked to the projects it works on:
The cost structure and corresponding funding sources are as follows
Correlation between the cost structure and the sources of funding :
|Cost structure||Resource structure|
|Infrastructure and maintenance (fixed cost)||Administrative supervision: human resources, infrastructure and operating costs
Journals: maintenance costs
|Research and development||Tutelles
|Coordination and support for editorial teams||Administrative supervision|
|One-time costs of setting up a publication||Tutelles
|Variable costs incurred by the flow of each journal (depending on the services selected and the editorial organisation and publication volume)||Journal|