The aim of the project is to build and offer the mathematical community a platform for peer-reviewed open access journals using open source software. The platform will be based on the “Open Journal System” (OJS) software and later be linked closely to the digital library eLibM that already provides a wide range of mathematical journals. A broad mathematics-specific infrastructure is set up which is tailored to the specific requirements of the entire publication workflow – from writing the article to its publication.

Features particularly suited for mathematicians:


  • TeX- or LaTeX documents can be seamlessly integrated, processed, and further edited.
  • MathML can not only be used to correctly display formulas in browsers, but also to search for mathematical formulas on the platform. For mere display, MathJax is also offered.
  • A unique service, especially for articles using or describing software, is the option to link directly from the articles to swMATH, a comprehensive database about mathematical software.


This infrastructure is flanked by optional value-added services provided by FIZ Karlsruhe, such as technical and organizational support in using the platform, editorial services, metadata standardization, reference linking, usage statistics, etc.
Publishers are free to choose the type and scope of services which best meet their needs. A financial model is developed that will ensure cost-effective use and maintenance as well as the long-term availability of the platform.

The main target groups are mathematical societies and other academic institutions that publish mathematical journals, no matter whether their publications are already offered as OA, are still to be founded, or are just being transformed into OA journals. The offer is intended for the production and presentation of journals through Gold Open Access. It focuses, however, on journals that are funded by institutions, i.e., that do not entail any costs for authors and readers. Other financing models such as moderate Article Processing Charges (APC) are also addressed.

Authors benefit in their daily work from a facilitated communication and the possibility to submit and edit manuscripts more easily. On the one hand, import and export features will allow for the seamless data transfer between the platform and the common word-processing systems. On the other hand, authors should be able, whenever they wish, to export their own articles, including metadata, and to store them themselves.

Editors benefit from clearly structured workflows and standardized processing steps that can be adapted to the individual requirements of the journal. Transparent communication channels, up-to-date and traceable information on the production status, and quality assurance features complement the offer. To finally publish the article in a renowned digital library such as eLibM ensures that the article is properly stored and that specific content can be retrieved from mathematical publications thanks to a special indexing and editing process.

Readers benefit from optimized, barrier-free access to a wide range of relevant, quality-checked scientific information with in-depth coverage of historic publications. They are also informed about the legal status of the documents, e.g., potential copyright restrictions.


The new eLibM has been online since September 2017. As part of the project, the German Mathematical Society (DMV) has migrated the publication of its "Documenta Mathematica" to the new eLibM.


The project will be carried out with advice and support from academic societies, publishers from the mathematical community, and a Scientific Advisory Board.


Members of the Scientific Advisory Board:

Prof. Dr. Jürg Kramer (Chair)
Prof. Dr. Gert-Martin Greuel
Prof. Dr. Ari Laptev
Dr. Jiří Rákosník
Prof. Dr. Ulf Rehmann