Who we are


The Centre Mersenne develops a comprehensive publishing infrastructure based on a modular service catalog towards scientific communities publishing in LaTeX.
It also includes a dissemination platform for open access scientific publications.

Its mission includes supporting existing and new publications (journals, books, seminar or conference proceedings) from all kind of scientific disciplines engaged in open access and using LaTeX to produce articles.


The Centre Mersenne was founded in 2017 and launched in 2018, by Cellule Mathdoc (joint service unit of CNRS and University Grenoble Alpes) that develops projects for the French mathematics community such as Numdam, the French digital mathematics library, Portail Math or Cedram, a dissemination platform for French mathematics journals.

The centre Mersenne development is based on the Cedram experience.


Centre Mersenne is:


  • Thierry Bouche, Scientific Officer
  • Evelyne Miot, Scientific Officer
  • Célia Vaudaine, Operational Officer
  • Olivier Labbe, Technical Officer
  • Patrick Bernaud, Developer
  • Simon Chevance, Developer
  • Nicolas Franco-Nollet, LaTeX Copy-editor
  • Franck Lontin, System Administrator
  • Hanane Ayadi, Administrative and Financial Administrative


The Centre Mersenne's decision process is lead by two governing bodies.

  • A steering committee, which monitors the center’s activity, sets its agenda, decides on priorities. it is composed of:
    • INSMI'Director (National Institute for Mathematical Sciences and their Interactions), or representative;
    • UGA's Research Vice-President, or representative;
    • UGA's IDEX Research and Valorization Executive Director;
    • Mathdoc Director;
    • Mathdoc Assistant Director;
    • Centre Mersenne's Operational Officer.


  • A scientific committee providing advice to the steering committee on journal acceptance, orientations and priorities. It is composed of:
    • Claude Sabbah (président), CMLS, École polytechnique
    • Sylvie Benzoni, ICJ, Lyon et IHP
    • Djalil Chafaï, Ceremade, Paris Dauphine University
    • Jean-Pierre Demailly, IF, Grenoble Alpes University
    • Marie Farge, ENS Paris
    • Frédéric Hélein, IMJ, Paris Diderot University
    • Norbert Schappacher, I.R.M.A., Strasbourg University
    • Christoph Sorger, LMJL, Nantes

Institutional supports & partners

The Centre Mersenne is:

  • In partnership with UGA Éditions, the new publishing
    house of the Université Grenoble Alpes.
  • Supported by CNRS, the National Center for Scientific
    Research, or CNRS, a public organization under the
    responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and
  • avec des moyens de l’IDEX de Grenoble, (Excellence
    Initiatives) an Investment for the future instrument
    to create word-class multidisciplinary higher
    education and research groups in France.

Editorial policies

Open Access / Diamond Open Access

Peer Reviewing


Long-term Preservation


Business model

TThe Centre Mersenne aims at providing a long-term and quality support to scientific publications.

A financial contribution may be required in order to cover running costs (such as article preparation and typesetting, editorial management).

The Centre Mersenne cost structure and corresponding funding sources is the following:

Cost structure

Funding Sources

Infrastructure, maintenance
and coordination

Funding by founding organisations                  

Institutions supporting Mathdoc (CNRS, UGA) provide the Centre Mersenne with the necessary resources for the smooth development and running of the infrastructure.

Costs associated with the implementation of each journal and with support to editorial teams can also be covered by existing funds, up to a limit of 4 new journals/year. 


Implementation Costs for a publication

Support to the editorial team

Recurring costs induced by the editorial flow of each journal

Funding by journals

Recurring costs induced by each publication shall be borne by the journal itself. The following services: typesetting, detection of plagiarism, managing editor, editing and printing, will then be billed to the journal publisher or to the institutions supporting the journal.

Autres coûts Funding by ?

The Centre Mersenne calls on organisations wishing to promote open access in scientific research: learned societies, universities, research libraries, academic consortia, governments... to help by a donation to ensure quality services and enable lower operation costs for journals.