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What is a good journal?

What is a good mathematical journal? Beyond science, here is a list of desirable features:

  • read. free electronic access for readers
  • write. free access for authors
  • board. frequently renewed international editorial board and editor in chief
  • review. peer reviewed editorial process
  • archive. sustainable archival of published articles
  • preview. full compatibility with arXiv.org
  • metadata. systematic production and diffusion of metedata according to standards
  • rendering. high quality rendering of mathematics such as with LaTeX

None of the available journals match all these criteria! Even the forthcoming arXiv overlay journals announced by épisciences.org will not fulfill the archive criterion. Well established electronic journals such as Electronic Journal of Combinatorics or Electronic Journal of Probability fail with the preview criterion and the archive criterion (not for EJP thanks to LOCKSS). Most well known traditional journals fail with the read and preview criteria. The so called Gold open access journals fail systematically by design with the write criterion.

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