As more and more journals are becoming digital – with several being exclusively available in digital format – it is increasingly important to establish viable means for ensuring free access to back issues of mathematical journals. For the mathematics community, it would be optimal to have the shortest possible window before open access. On the other hand, a short window would put financial pressure on learned societies and make it difficult to reach a broad agreement.
The IMU Executive Committee – on the advice of the IMU Committee on Electronic Information and Communication (CEIC) – has now created an ad hoc Committee on Permissions (CoP) to advise the IMU on a negotiating strategy regarding the window for open access.
Specifically, the task of the CoP is to report to the IMU Executive Committee regarding the following:
The first report of CoP will be considered by the IMU Executive Committee at its meeting in February 2022.
The chair of CoP is Thomas Brennan (Harvard Law School, US), and his email address for this is firstname.lastname@example.org. Other members are
Henry Cohn [Chair of CEIC] (US)
Samuel Hansen (US)
Evelyne Miot (France)
Valeria Simoncini (Italy)
Stephen Watt (Canada)