From: kirby@math.berkeley.edu (Rob Kirby)
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 1998 13:29:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Geometry & Topology journal
Dear Colleagues:
This letter concerns the free electronic journal, Geometry &
Topology, and three issues I want to bring to your attention:
1. G&T is offering a printed version at a low cost.
2. Background and financing of G&T.
3. The future.
1. The second volume (1998) of G&T is being printed with soft
cover by International Press. It will have about 350 pages (with a
month and a half to go, the exact number of pages is not yet clear),
and will sell for $35 plus handling and insured mailing ($6.50 in the
US). I hope you will strongly encourage your library to not only buy
this volume, but to subscribe yearly (the first volume, about 110
pages at $12 plus handling is also available from IP). The tables of
contents for both volumes are appended below, and can be found on the
journal web site: http://www.maths.warwick.ac.uk/gt/
The subscription to G&T and back copies can be ordered through
International Press at journals@descartes.intlpress.com or through the
journal at gtorders@maths.warwick.ac.uk. Please let me know how your
library responded. If necessary I will follow this up by contacting
them, and then it would be useful to have an email address for the
right person to contact at your library.
2. As befits a journal which is formally owned by its editors
and is run for the benefit of the geometry/topology community, weP
should be open and candid about financing. At the moment, all
editorial work, including formatting and other TeX work, is done
gratis by the editors with some help from the departments at Warwick
and Berkeley. In the long run, some of this should be paid by the
journal out of subscriptions, as this is the only source of revenue.
The community can help by providing manuscripts which are in good TeX
shape, and by encouraging their libraries, and even individuals, to
subscribe.
International Press has given us good terms for printing and
fulfillment. We are able to offer both volumes at about 10
cents/page, even though we have, as yet, few economies of scale. This
can be compared with the average cost per page of over 50 cents/page
for most of the large commercial journals (Elsevier's Topology is
priced at about 80 cents/page) (see
http://www.math.berkeley.edu/~kirby/journals.html
for prices of journals).
We have invested in 200 copies of volume 2 at $5000, plus a modest
charge for fulfillment (handling subscriptions and mailing). We hope
to get over 100 subscriptions in the next few months, and to recover
the investment before the end of 1999.
3. G&T is now established as a high quality journal. The
price for the printed version is lower than essentially any paper math
journal. With increased subscriptions and more pages, the price
should only go lower with economies of scale. Thus it seems
reasonable to expect an eventual subscription base of over 500,
perhaps in the ballpark of 1000. The principal unknown is the fact
that the electronic version of G&T is free. It is not clear how that
will cut into sales of the paper version, but if the cost is low
enough (as it is), libraries are likely to want a paper version on
their shelves.
We have usually felt that our math journals are "ours", and they have
been in the sense that we write the papers, referee, and choose which
papers to accept. However, the fact that the big commercial
publishers often charge our libraries high prices, ask for the
copyright, and often prefer that we do not make our papers permanently
electronically available at, for example, xxx.lanl.gov, makes some of
our journals NOT "ours".
So the goal of G&T is to be a high quality journal without the minuses
just mentioned. We ask for your support in submitting papers to G&T
and in subscriptions by your library.
Yours,
Rob
Geometry and Topology : Cumulative Index of Papers
===================================================
Volume 1 (1997)
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1 pages 1--7 Graham Niblo, Lawrence Reeves,
Groups acting on CAT(0) cube complexes
2 pages 9--20 Christopher Anand
Ward's Solitons
3 pages 21--40 Walter D Neumamm, Gadde A Swarup
Canonical decompositions of 3-maniolfds
4 pages 41--50 Robert E Gompf
Spin^c structures and homotopy equivalences
5 pages 51--69 Vyacheslav S Krushkal, Peter Teichner
Alexander duality, gropes and link homotopy
6 pages 71--89 Lawerence R Taylor
An invariant of smooth 4-manifolds
7 pages 91--109 Allen Hatcher, Darryl McCullough
Finiteness of Classifying Spaces of Relative
Diffeomorphism Groups of 3-Manifolds
Volume 2 (1998)
===============
1 pages 1-10 D Kotschick
Einstein metrics and smooth structures
2 pages 11-29 Peter Scott
The Symmetry of Intersection Numbers in Group Theory
3 pages 31-64 Michael T Greene, Bert Wiest
A natural framing of knots
4 pages 65-77 David Gabai, William H Kazez
Group negative curvature for 3-manifolds
with genuine laminations
5 pages 79-101 Victor M Buchstaber, Nigel Ray
Flag Manifolds and the Landweber-Novikov Algebra
6 pages 103-116 Paolo Lisca
Symplectic fillings and positive scalar curvature
7 pages 117-144 Igor Belegradek
Intersections in hyperbolic manifolds
8 pages 145-174 Matthew Ando, Jack Morava, Hal Sadofsky
Completions of Z/(p)-Tate cohomology of periodic spectra