Applied Mechanics News

Friday, June 16, 2006


Dear Colleagues:

This is to inform you of the progress of:


You may have received my message from September, 2005, announcing the formation of JoMMS. Marie-Louise and I resigned from the editorship of a large mechanics journal with a commercial publisher. Twenty-one of the twenty-three members of the Board of Editors resigned with us, along with George Herrmann who was founder and senior editorial advisor. Together we have formed JoMMS, which is published by the nonprofit Mathematical Sciences Publishers (MSP).

The response to the announcement of JoMMS has been strong. We have received a substantial number of manuscripts from around the world, and reviewers have been diligent. Consequently, Volume 1 (2006), Issues 1, 2, and 3 are now available on the web site. Ten issues are planned for 2006. The papers in the first three issues consist of: 8 from North America, 12 from Europe, and 5 from Asia. The print version will soon be distributed to subscribers.

Detailed information is on the web site, but a brief summary of the advantages of JoMMS may be helpful:

Direct advantages to authors of JoMMS with MSP:

(1) Quality - The editors and the Editorial Board of JoMMS make it their primary goal to have this new journal as an outlet for quality research free of commercial interests. We continue the philosophy of broad coverage of mechanics with stringent peer review, which is shown in the first three issues by the variety of topics and the quality of the papers. Moreover, we are equally committed to providing maximum access to your papers. You may also see that MSP takes pride in the final polishing of the language and format. In this modern age of rapidly changing priorities, few publications put quality at the head of the list

(2) On-line submission is easy - after initial problems, there have been no complaints. No hassle of reviewers - we find that most reviewers are conscientious without computer-generated repeated and irritating reminders. Nevertheless, our processing time is reasonable, with an average of 44 days from submission to first editorial decision.

(3) No page charge to the author. No extra charge for color figures, which are strongly encouraged. (Consider the charge to the author of $500-$1000 for one color figure by many society, university and commercial publishers.)

(4) Free e-access to the world for papers accepted for publication during the first year, through December 31, 2006. Papers are readily accessible from Google and other search engines. (Consider the charge of $25-$120 for one download from commercial journals.)

(5) For papers accepted after the first year, members of the subscribing institutions have exclusive e-access for a period of one year past publication. Subsequently the papers will be free to the world for e-access, similar to the new NIH policy. (This affects you, since the citation rate is higher for papers with free e-access!!)

(6) Downloaded pdf versions of the paper have complete linking between text, equations, and references. References have linking to the source journal. Forward linking to papers published subsequently that refer to the downloaded paper will be continually updated. MSP is the only publisher that offers the reader the links where they are needed, inside the PDF file. Try this by downloading the pdf file for a paper from the January issue. Despite the short time that JoMMS has been available, there have been some 500 downloads, an average of 25 per paper.

(7) Author retains copyright, and so can distribute the final version of the paper and place it on a personal web page. The author gives MSP a license to publish the paper. (Consider what you have been giving away.)

And most important:

(8) Cost: The institutional subscription cost is $500/year for print and e-access ($400 for e-access alone). Consider the price of $4000 - $8000 per year for some leading mechanics journals, with yearly increases of 5-20%, which is choking access. Subscriptions may be placed on the web page.

We are leading a standard for publication in the 21st century. There appear to be few present journals that come close to our benefits to you and the community.

Please feel free to ask any questions and/or offer suggestions. We remain completely open to new ideas.

Best regards,

Charles Steele

See also a previous entry in Applied Mechanics News on JoMMS.


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