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By Jonathan Borwein, E.M. Rocha, Jose Francisco Rodrigues

ISBN-10: 1568814100

ISBN-13: 9781568814100

The electronic period has dramatically replaced the ways in which researchers seek, produce, post, and disseminate their clinical paintings. those methods are nonetheless quickly evolving as a result of advancements in details technological know-how, new achievements in laptop technology applied sciences, and projects resembling DML and open entry journals, digitization tasks, medical reference catalogs, and electronic repositories. those adjustments have caused many mathematicians to play an energetic half within the advancements of the electronic period, and feature led mathematicians to advertise and talk about new principles with colleagues from different fields, comparable to know-how builders and publishers. This e-book is a suite of contributions through key leaders within the box, providing the paradigms and mechanisms for generating, looking, and exploiting clinical and technical scholarship in arithmetic within the electronic period

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However, despite the enormous progress that recourse to b-on represents for mathematicians in Portugal, important gaps still exist in the area of mathematics, such as access to JSTOR, the journals of the EMS and the AMS and, in particular, the MathReviews. On the other hand, b-on’s impact on the classical libraries has yet to be evaluated, as well as the possible future consequences of the lack of paper versions of the main journals in case of insufficient financing, or discontinuation, of some online services.

Besides, the budget for the governmentfunded model seems to assume a stable publishing environment for the long term, without the need to invest in ever changing technology. Surely this is short-sighted. We will have to invest even more in the coming decade than we have in the past in order to keep up with changing technology. Will the government really do that investing? Indeed, every model of open access that has been proposed is clearly detrimental to the broad interests of mathematicians. But open access has become an obsession for many that has blinded otherwise thoughtful people into acting against their own interests.

After considering other options, HJM decided on free electronic access, but only to subscribers of the print edition. That is, we currently do not provide the option of an electronic-only subscription. Actually, finding the right subscription rate for electronic editions can be quite tricky. It has been suggested that the rate for electronic ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ 36 Implementing Electronic Access for an Independent Journal editions should be set not higher than 80% of the print subscription rate. While this sounds quite reasonable, one must not forget that printing costs depend mostly on the number of printed pages, and not so much on the number of copies.

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