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Jisc and EDP Sciences conclude ‘Flexible Maths Journals Agreement 2021-2023’ -

International academic publisher EDP Sciences has partnered with Jisc, the membership organisation providing digital solutions for UK education and research. From January 1, 2021, for a fixed, discounted price, the ‘EDP Sciences Flexible Maths Journals Package 2021-2023’ offers online read access to four maths journals, with no fees to publish and a green compliant option for all Plan S funded articles.

The six journals included in the agreement are ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis, ESAIM: Control, Optimisation and Calculus of Variations, ESAIM: Probability and Statistics, RAIRO – Theoretical Informatics and Applications, RAIRO – Operations Research, and Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena.

The journals publish high-quality articles in theoretical and applied mathematics and informatics. Five of the six journals are published in partnership with the Société de Mathématiques Appliquées et Industrielles (SMAI), the exception being RAIRO – Theoretical Informatics and Applications. Jisc members taking advantage of the package will receive one mandatory title - ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis - and choose any other three titles. The special rate is available exclusively through Jisc.

Provided a sufficient number of institutions subscribe to the journals, all six titles will be published under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model for 2021 and there will be no fees to publish in the journals ensuring inclusivity regardless of circumstances. In the event of a journal not reaching the subscription threshold set for the content to be opened up in any given year, EDP Sciences is offering a green compliant option to ensure that authors can comply with funder mandates.

Jisc members who opt for the package will gain access to some of the best mathematics research at a competitive price. More significantly, they will also support the transition to open access for the four journals they choose and open science more generally. Although a relative newcomer to the field, S2O is already considered to be a fair and sustainable model which allows institutions to support journals for the common good of the academic community.

The mathematics community is particularly supportive of open science and keen to embrace initiatives that further the transition to open access. Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena claims to be the first mathematics journal in the world to adopt the S2O model and its transition to open access at the start of 2020 was timely in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the significant role mathematical modeling has played in recent events.

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