Introducing MathOA

In order to facilitate the rapid conversion of existing subscription journals to a “Fair Open Access” model based on open access, no author fees, and control by the research community, the MathOA foundation has been established in December 2016. It is modelled on the linguistics organization LingOA. Further disciplinary “xOA” organizations are being created, and an overarching Fair Open Access Alliance is also planned.

The main purpose of MathOA is to smooth the way for editorial boards to negotiate with commercial publishers, and to resign and set up the converted journal if required. Finding transitional and sustainable funding is a key task of MathOA. We are actively pursuing funding options and discussions with editorial boards.

MathOA is a non-profit foundation based in the Netherlands, a so-called Stichting in compliance with Dutch law. MathOA is formally governed by its board members and the executive editors of participating journals.  The board members are:

  • President: Jos Baeten (CWI Amsterdam)
  • Secretary: Mark C. Wilson (Auckland)
  • Treasurer: Lieke Schultze (CWI Amsterdam)
  • Benoît Kloeckner (Paris-Est – Créteil Val-de-Marne)
  • Johan Rooryck (Leiden)

Guidance on project direction and admission of new journals is determined by the academic advisory board:

  • Henry Cohn, Microsoft Research
  • Toby Gee, Imperial College London
  • Timothy Gowers, University of Cambridge
  • Thomas Hales, University of Pittsburgh
  • David Mumford, Brown University
  • Andrew Odlyzko, University of Minnesota
  • Victor Reiner, University of Minnesota

Project leader is Saskia C.J. de Vries (Sampan – academia & publishing).

If you are interested in belonging to the advisory board, please make your case by email.