About the centre Mersenne

The centre Mersenne is a public publishing infrastructure serving the scientific community.

It aims to promote scientific publishing and the 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 in LaTeX.

The centre Mersenne offers:

Missions

The Mersenne project has been initiated under the impetus of the CNRS and the Université Grenoble Alpes – UGA to address a growing demand within the scientific community for scientific publication alternatives.

The Centre Mersenne is created as an alternative publishing venue:

public and not-for-profit (no privatisation of the research outputs),
diamond open access (no fee for the reader to read and the author to publish),
sustainable and affordable,
created by researchers for researchers.

The Centre Mersenne has a dual purpose:

to promote scientific publishing

To support the editorial teams

Who the Centre Mersenne is aimed at?

Researchers

Editorial teams

Who we are

Mathdoc

the centre Mersenne was launched in January 2018 by CNRS and UGA, with the support of the Grenoble IDEX, and is developed by Mathdoc. Mathdoc is a research support unit of the CNRS and the University of 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 of about ten people, led by mathematicians:

Scientific Officer

Evelyne Miot

Scientific Officer

Vincent Beffara

Operational Officer

Célia Vaudaine

Technical Officer

Olivier Labbe

Developer

Patrick Bernaud

Developer

Simon Chevance

Developer

Simon Panay

LaTeX Copy-editor

Nicolas Franco-Nollet

System Administrator

Franck Lontin

Administrative and Financial Administration

Agnès Agarla

LaTeX Copy-editor

Alexandre Moeschler

Editorial Secretary

Lilie Pons

Documentation Officer

Murielle Serlet

Developer

Jérôme Touvier

Developer

Guillaume Alzieu

Developer

Matthieu Fanget

Developer

Cynthia Rakotoarisoa

Translator

Romain Dziegielinski

GOVERNANCE

Steering committee

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.

Scientific council

It provides advice to the steering committee on journal acceptance, orientations and priorities. It is composed of:

Editorial policy

  • 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.

Business model

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.

Cost structure
Infrastructure, maintenance and coordination
One-time costs of setting up a publication
Support for editorial teams and staff
Sources of funding
Funding by the guardians

The institutions supporting Mathdoc (CNRS, UGA) provide the centre Mersenne with the necessary human resources for the development and management of the infrastructure. The costs of setting up a journal and supporting the editorial teams can also be covered by existing resources, up to a limit of 4 journals per year.

Recurrent costs incurred by the flow of each journal, (depending on the services selected, the editorial organisation and the volume of publications)
Funding by Publication

The recurrent costs incurred by each publication are borne by the journal itself.
Layout, anti-plagiarism, editorial secretarial, editing and printing services will therefore be charged either to the journal’s editorial team or to the institutions to which it is attached.
These rates may be subject to a discount, depending on the means available at the Mersenne Centre (i.e. according to the sources of funding obtained in support of the journal from institutions, libraries, means available at Mathdoc) as well as on priorities.