Episciences IAM: rethinking scholarly publishing in informatics and applied mathematics

The aim of the thematic community Episciences IAM (Informatics and Applied Mathematics) is to offer a quick dissemination workflow of scientific results, validated and labelled by high quality journals, in the domain of informatics and applied mathematics.

It relies on the technical platform Episciences, which is dedicated to the submission of scientific papers, already deposited and available on open archive repositories such as HAL, arXiv or CWI, to a process of evaluation and peer-reviewing. This environment for electronic published journals (overlay journals) is developed and hosted by the CCSD.


The driving force for this project is the take-over of the best journals in the field by the scientific communities, organised in thematic executive committees (so-called epicommittees) gathering international experts.

This project is intended for:

  • existing journals wishing to be liberated from a commercial editorial environment or already open-access journals in search of shared support services
  • newly created journals looking for a simple and highly visible editing environment

The journals are selected by the IAM epicommittee, which ensures the scientific quality, while promoting the creation of new journals in subfields not yet covered. The epicommittee is charged with the responsibility for, and editorial coherence of, the journal portfolio as well as the corresponding ethical aspects.

The current members of the Epi-IAM committee are:

  • Samson Abramsky (Oxford University)
  • Jos Baeten (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica)
  • Ruzena Bajcsy (University of California — Berkeley)
  • Nachum Dershowitz (Tel Aviv University), Chair
  • Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Carole Goble (University of Manchester)
  • Jun Murai (Keio University)

Inria took the initiative in launching the Episciences IAM community and aims to build a consortium in coordination with institutions wishing to participate in this project. Collaborations may be financial, in-kind contributions or involve technical assistance (i.e. access to a repository).

Journals handled by Episciences IAM:

  • DMTCS (Discrete Mathematics & Theoretical Computer Science)
  • FI (Fundamenta Informaticae)
  • JDMDH (Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities)
  • JIPS (Journal d'Interaction Personne-Système)
  • JTCAM (Journal of Theoretical, Computational and Applied Mechanics)
  • LMCS (Logical Methods in Computer Science)
  • MNA (Mathematical Neuroscience and Applications)
  • NL (Network Letters)
  • Revue de l'ARIMA
  • TheoretiCS 

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