Open Access Fund
In October 2006, the IMS Council took action to set up an Open Access
Fund to which individuals and organizations can donate. The fund will
be used to support the establishment and ongoing operation of open
access publications and
ventures which foster the development and dissemination of the theory and
applications of statistics and probability.
IMS currently has several open access publications, including;
Probability Suveys, Statistics Surveys, Electronic Journal of Probability,
Electronic Communications in Probability and Electronic Journal of Statistics. Each journal has modest
typesetting, electronic platform placement and Arxiv
posting. Three further
IMS open access ventures are the posting of all IMS journal articles
to ArXiv, assistance
to members in posting to ArXiv, and the IMS biobibs project.
The hope is that an Open Access Fund will assist the IMS in defraying
these expenses and provide an opportunity for individuals and
organizations to support such efforts. The above named publications
and ventures and future ventures will be supported by the fund.
Future ventures might include for example: an online encyclopedia of
probability and statistics comparable to Wiley's Encyclopedia
of Statistical Science, open access repositories for other
professional content such as data, interactive graphics, teaching materials
and software, and integration of such diverse content through a web portal.