About the Centre Mersenne
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 scientific disciplines engaged in open access and using LaTeX to prepare articles.
The Mersenne project has been initiated 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),
- open access (to foster the dissemination of research results),
- 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 and foster dissemination of open access publications: existing journals as well as newly-created journals,
- to offer, at affordable price, all the necessary tools and professional services to editorial teams to help them manage their journal.
Who the Centre Mersenne is aimed at?
- Researchers wishing to read and upload articles of those open access publications that are members of the Centre Mersenne,
- Editorial teams of scientific publications looking for a technical, editorial and organisational support.
Who we are
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 that is currently integrated within Centre Mersenne.
The Centre Mersenne development is based on the Cedram experience.
To know more about:
- Thierry Bouche, Scientific Officer
- Evelyne Miot, Scientific Officer
- Célia Vaudaine, Operational Officer
- Olivier Labbe, Technical Officer
- Patrick Bernaud, Developer
- Simon Chevance, Developer
- Simon Panay, Developer
- Nicolas Franco-Nollet, LaTeX Copy-editor
- Franck Lontin, System Administrator
- Agnès Agarla, Administrative and Financial Administration
Institutional supports and partners
The Centre Mersenne is:
The Centre Mersenne's decision process is lead by two governing bodies.
It monitors the center’s activity, sets its agenda, decides on priorities. It is composed of:
- INSMI's Director (National Institute for Mathematical Sciences and their Interactions, a component of CNRS);
- UGA's Research Vice-President;
- UGA's IDEX Research and Valorization Executive Director;
- Mathdoc Director;
- Mathdoc Deputy Director;
- Centre Mersenne's Operational Officer.
It provides advice to the steering committee on journal acceptance, orientations and priorities. It is composed of:
- Claude Sabbah (président) - Research Supervisor at CNRS - Centre de Mathématiques Laurent Schwartz (CMLS), École polytechnique
- Sylvie Benzoni - Camille Jordan Institute (ICJ), Lyon - Institut Henri Poincaré (IHP)
- Djalil Chafaï - Ceremade, Paris Dauphine University
- Jean-Pierre Demailly - Institut Fourier, Grenoble Alpes University
- Marie Farge - Research Supervisor Emeritus at CNRS - Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) - Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) - École nationale Supérieure Paris (ENS Paris)
- Frédéric Hélein - Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu (IMJ), Paris Diderot University
- Norbert Schappacher - Institut de Recherche de Mathématiques Avancées (IRMA), Strasbourg University
- Christoph Sorger - Laboratoire de Mathématiques Jean Leray (LMJL), Nantes
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.
- 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 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 through the archiving solution CLOCKSS.
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 aims at providing a quality and long-term support to scientific publications, while keeping costs low.
- Publishing a journal implies recurring costs, and the business model chosen by the Centre Mersenne involves the following: most of the costs are covered by institutions supporting Mathdoc. In parallel, 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 are as follows:
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 initial 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
Initial 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, plagiarism detection, managing editor, editing and printing, will be billed to the journal publisher or to the institutions supporting the journal.
Fees might be adjusted if Centre Mersenne receives support by third parties (libraries, consortia, foundations, etc.), either for its whole operation, or specifically for a given publication.