Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rejecta Mathematica: Caveat Emptor

Rejecta Mathematica is a real open access online journal publishing only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals in the mathematical sciences.

About Rejecta Mathematica


Rejecta Mathematica is an open access, online journal that publishes only papers that have been rejected from peer-reviewed journals (or conferences with comparable review standards) in the mathematical sciences.

At Rejecta Mathematica we believe that many previously rejected papers (even those rejected for legitimate reasons) can nonetheless have a very real value to the academic community. This value may take many forms:
  • "mapping the blind alleys of science": papers containing negative results can warn others against futile directions;

  • "reinventing the wheel": papers accidentally rederiving a known result may contain new insight or ideas;

  • "squaring the circle": papers discovered to contain a serious technical flaw may nevertheless contain information or ideas of interest;

  • "applications of cold fusion": papers based on a controversial premise may contain ideas applicable in more traditional settings;

  • "misunderstood genius": other papers may simply have no natural home among existing journals.
All research papers appearing in Rejecta Mathematica include an open letter from the authors discussing the paper's original review process, disclosing any known flaws in the paper and stating the case for the paper's value to the community.

Selection and Scope

Rejecta Mathematica publishes two types of papers: research articles and correspondences. The screening process for publishing research articles in Rejecta Mathematica includes no technical peer review (hence the slogan Caveat Emptor); rather, papers are selected on the basis of their potential interest to researchers in the mathematical sciences.

It is expected that the authors will discuss any known flaws or rediscoveries with full and honest disclosure in their open letter. As an additional means of quality control, follow-up correspondences are strongly encouraged from the community at-large and will be considered for subsequent publication.

The scope of Rejecta Mathematica is very broad, encompassing all disciplines relating to the mathematical sciences, including: pure and applied mathematics, statistics, engineering, and computer science.

Open Access

Rejecta Mathematica is an open access journal; all papers appearing in Rejecta Mathematica are immediately made freely available via this website for downloading, reading and distributing as long as the original authors and source are attributed.

All works published in Rejecta Mathematica are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license that allows redistribution of the work while the authors retain copyright ownership. Read more about Rejecta Mathematica copyright policies, including the specific terms of the distribution license.

Other Information

Rejecta Mathematica is published by Rejecta Publications, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Texas. Rejecta Publications, Inc. is not affiliated with any university or other educational institution.

Donations are graciously accepted in order to help defray the (modest) cost of web-hosting and administrative expenses. Alternately, you can support Rejecta Publications by purchasing Rejecta Mathematica merchandise.

Other Rejecta journals may follow (in disciplines outside the mathematical sciences). Please
contact us if you are interested in starting your own Rejecta franchise.


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