Introducing Communications of the American Mathematical Society

journal logoThe American Mathematical Society is excited to announce the launch of a new journal, Communications of the American Mathematical Society, designed to publish the very best research and review articles across all areas of mathematics. The journal will be a natural home for both pure and applied mathematics, presenting a window into a holistic view of mathematics and its applications to a wide range of disciplines. In support of emerging research from mathematicians around the world, the journal will be published via the Diamond Open Access model.  The Founding Chief Editors are Ralph Cohen and Qiang Du.

Ralph Cohen is the Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Emeritus, at Stanford University, and has served as Mathematics Department Chair, and  as Senior Associate Dean, Natural Sciences, College of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford.  Dr. Cohen received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.  He has received multiple research and  teaching awards and serves on several editorial boards.  He is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the AMS.  His main areas of research are Algebraic and Differential Topology.

Qiang Du is the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbia University. He is also affiliated with the Data Science Institute (DSI). Dr. Du earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University, serves on several editorial boards, and has received multiple awards.  His research interests are in numerical analysis, mathematical modeling and scientific computation with selected applications in physical, biological, and materials sciences, as well as data and information sciences and machine learning.

Dr. Cohen and Dr. Du provided some details about their backgrounds and their shared vision for the new journal:

How did you get involved in editorial work?  What has led to your role with the new journal, Communications of the AMS?

Ralph:  I’ve served on many editorial boards including the AMS Surveys, Topology, Journal of Topology, Homology, Homotopy, and Applications, and Geometry and Topology.    CAMS will be a top rate journal, serving a broad range of mathematics. Its diamond-open-access status will be free to both authors and readers.  I am very happy to be involved in  this exciting project.

Qiang: I’ve served on the editorial boards of many journals, including Mathematics of Computation at AMS. With CAMS, I am very happy to see AMS is taking a leading role on the diamond-open-access journal publishing and is making a great effort promoting the interaction of theoretical and applied mathematics.

How do you view the role and responsibilities of a Chief Editor?

As EICs, we will work with the editorial board and the associate editors to ensure that papers published in CAMS will be of the highest standard in the mathematical sciences. We will also work with the AMS publication team to provide a smooth submission, review and publishing process.

What are the greatest challenges you face working on a new journal launch?

Building CAMS as a top journals in the mathematical sciences will take much effort. There are already some very reputable journals in mathematics, which often are authors’ initial choices.  CAMS will aim to be in the same league in terms of the quality of research works published while serving to showcase the benefit of diamond-open-access platform to the mathematics community.

Can you describe the contribution to mathematics you envision CAMS providing?

 We hope that the diamond-open-access can be well-received in our community, help creating a role model to this scientific publishing platform.  By making effort to promote the strong interactions between theory and applications, we hope CAMS can help inspire new mathematical concepts and research areas and generate wider impact of mathematics on other subjects and the society.


More information about Communications of the American Mathematical Society can be found here. You can watch a short video about the journal here. Published continuously, we expect the first articles to begin in the first half of 2021.

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