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The International Mathematical Union (IMU) is an international non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization, with the purpose of promoting international cooperation in mathematics. It is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU).

 

The International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) is a commission of the International Mathematical Union.


The International Mathematical Union and the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) jointly constituted a Working Group to study the issue of whether and (in the affirmative case) how both organizations should go forward with a Ranking of Mathematical Journals. After discussing the report at ICIAM 2011 in Vancouver IMU and ICIAM decided to start a blog on mathematical journals which became operational on November 18, 2011. 

 

CEIC produced in 2004 a document, see below, listing various recommendations relating to the changing environment of peer-reviewed journals. This document returns to the subject and offers more details on how journals can best serve the mathematical community and it focusses on how a good mathematics journal should be organized and managed.

The International Mathematical Union (IMU) has released, in cooperation with the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), the report "Citation Statistics" which analyzes the use and misuse of citation data in the assessment of scientific research. The report discusses, in particular, the impact factor, the h-index, and variants of these that are often employed to rank not only journals but also individuals, departments, or whole institutions.

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