Forum of Mathematics, Pi and Forum of Mathematics, Sigma Information

Forum of Mathematics, Pi and Forum of Mathematics, Sigma Information

About Forum of Mathematics

Forum of Mathematics, Pi and Forum of Mathematics, Sigma are an exciting development in journal publishing. Together they offer fully open access publication combined with peer-review standards set by an international editorial board of the highest calibre, and all backed by Cambridge University Press and our commitment to quality. Strong research papers from all parts of pure mathematics and related areas will be welcomed. All published papers will be free online to readers in perpetuity. A publication charge for authors will be set at a rate justified by real publishing costs, and for the first three years Cambridge University Press will waive the publication charges.

All submitted articles will be peer-reviewed and will benefit from the full functionality associated with reputable journal publishing: copyediting, typesetting, reference linking, usage statistics, etc. The decision whether to accept articles will be made solely by the Editors in complete independence from Cambridge University Press.

The author will hold the copyright of published papers.
What is Pi?

Pi is the open access alternative to the leading generalist mathematics journals and will be of real interest to a broad cross-section of all mathematicians. Papers published will be of the highest quality. 

What is Sigma?
Sigma is the open access alternative to the leading specialist mathematics journals. Editorial decisions are made by dedicated clusters of editors concentrated in the following areas: foundations of mathematics, discrete mathematics, algebra, number theory, algebraic and complex geometry, differential geometry and geometric analysis, topology, analysis, probability, differential equations, computational mathematics, applied analysis, mathematical physics, and theoretical computer science. This classification exists to aid the peer review process. Contributions which do not neatly fit within these categories are still welcome.

Who are the Editors of Pi and Sigma?
The confirmed editors are listed below, and will be updated as further individuals are added.

Managing editor: Robert Guralnick, University of Southern California

Ian Agol, University of California, Berkeley
Douglas Arnold, University of Minnesota
Sébastien Boucksom, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu
Albert Cohen, University of Paris, Pierre et Marie Curie
Henry Cohn, Microsoft Research New England
Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University
Simon Donaldson, Imperial College
Tadahisa Funaki, University of Tokyo
Dennis Gaitsgory, Harvard University
Tim Gowers, University of Cambridge
Geoffrey Grimmett, University of Cambridge
Nicholas Higham, University of Manchester
Arieh Iserles, University of Cambridge
Carlos Kenig, University of Chicago
Robert Kirby, University of California, Berkeley
Bruce Kleiner, New York University
Fanghua Lin, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Curtis McMullen, Harvard University
Kurt Mehlhorn, Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Stefan Muller, University of Bonn, Germany
Peter Olver, University of Minnesota
Peter Ozsváth, Princeton University
Jonathan Pila, University of Oxford
Gilles Pisier, University of Paris, Pierre et Marie Curie
Andrew Pitts, University of Cambridge
Alexander Razborov, University of Chicago
Sylvia Serfaty, University of Paris, Pierre et Marie Curie
Theodore Slaman, University of California, Berkeley
Kannan Soundararajan, Stanford University
Terence Tao, University of California, Los Angeles
Richard Taylor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Peter Teichner, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
Stevo Todorcevic, University of Toronto
Stefaan Vaes, KU Leuven
Ravi Vakil, Stanford University
Eric Zaslow, Northwestern University
Shouwu Zhang, Princeton University
Günter M Ziegler, Freie Universität Berlin

Why is Cambridge University Press launching this initiative?
Cambridge is establishing the Forum of Mathematics in order to offer the community an open access journal of the highest quality as a genuine alternative to the traditional subscription model. This fulfils our commitment to support the dissemination of scholarly knowledge.

What is the publication charge for accepted papers?
Open Access publishing has to be funded somehow, and the prevailing model is through the levying of an article processing charge (APC) on each individual author’s institution or funding body. For Pi and Sigma we are committed to maintaining the APC at a level justified by real publishing costs, and both Pi and Sigma will have an associated APC of £750/$1100 per article.

However, we appreciate that there is at present little financial support within the community to cover APCs for open access publishing. Therefore, for the first three years Cambridge University Press will underwrite the APC for all authors (this applies to papers submitted on or before 31st December 2015), though we will encourage payment from those authors who do have appropriate funding through their institution or a funding body. After the first three years we will adopt an ongoing waiver policy for authors from eligible countries (see the appendix in the FAQs for the current list), and to others who can demonstrate a lack of access to appropriate funds. 

The full list of FAQs can be viewed here.