Algebraic Combinatorics

Open Access Community Investment Program Participant

Algebraic Combinatorics


Algebraic Combinatorics is participating in the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). The program's goal is to help match libraries, consortia, foundations, departments and other prospective scholarly publishing funders with non-profit publishers and journal editorial boards that are seeking financial investments to sustain or transition journals or books to Open Access (OA) publishing.

About Algebraic Combinatorics

Algebraic Combinatorics (ALCO) is a mathematics journal that published its first issue in January 2018. It is a specialty journal in the burgeoning field of algebraic combinatorics, spanning across and intricately linking several areas of mathematical research. It is owned by mathematicians, dedicated to free dissemination of research, and committed to non-APC Open Access publishing, with no fees for authors or readers.

ALCO was founded in 2017 when the full editorial board of the SpringerNature-owned Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics resigned. The subject of algebraic combinatorics is a thriving subspecialty within modern mathematics. By 1992, the area had blossomed and matured to a stage where it was felt that it needed its own specialty journal, and the Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics (JACO) was founded and published by SpringerNature. Up to 2017, it was essentially the only journal with this topical focus. However, its editorial board had grown tired of the lack of Open Access for its articles, and high pay-wall prices, along with the recognition that SpringerNature had little incentive to think about the composition of its board. After being approached by the open-access organization MathOA, with both advisory and financial help, the JACO board decided to resign, to form Algebraic Combinatorics.

ALCO’s service provider is the Centre Mersenne in Grenoble, which is also dedicated to Diamond Open Access. Centre Mersenne provides technical support for the journal’s editorial platform, Open Journal System from Public Knowledge Project and hosts the journal's articles on their servers, in addition to providing other services, such as archival storage and DOIs.

ALCO has taken over as the top journal in the area. It has simultaneously created a new governance structure, leading to a rejuvenated and more diverse editorial team.

Investment Criteria

Each OACIP participant completes a standardized form which asks for the criteria that libraries and other investors require in order to make investment decisions. These criteria will provide transparency around issues important to investors in this space.

Fully funded through 2026!

Funds committed: $25,000 annually for five years

Funding needed: $0 annually for five years

Funding Tiers

Five-year commitments are being sought for annual contributions at the tiered levels below:

Support Level

U.S. Classification (Carnegie Classification-Basic)

Canada Classification (CRKN Bands)

Recommended Support(US$)


Baccalaureate/Associate's; Associate’s; Special Focus 4-year; Special Focus 2-Year; Tribal Colleges & Universities; Academic Departments

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5



Master’s; Baccalaureate

Bands 6, 7, 8, 9




Bands 10, 11, 12, 13



Special Programs; Supporting Organizations; Funding Agencies; Consortia

Special Programs; Supporting Organizations; Funding Agencies; Consortia


Invest in this Program

The Algebraic Combinatorics Funding Community

  • Iowa State University
  • KU Leuven
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University Libraries & School of Information Studies
  • Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Western University


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