**Publishing Philosophy.**
As a non-profit journal published by the Department of
Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
the IJM aims to keep its costs low while maintaining the highest
production and editorial standards, and to pass the savings on
to subscribing institutions. At a subscription price of around 15 cents
per page, the IJM ranks among the least expensive journals in
mathematics.

**Electronic Edition.**
Since 2001, all articles published in the IJM have also been made
available electronically, in pdf and ps formats.
Access to this online edition is free and
unrestricted; the IJM is one of only a handful of mathematical print
journals that do not impose a fee for, or otherwise restrict access to,
their online edition. Future plans include digitization of the
entire IJM archive.

**Editorial Policy.**
The IJM strives to publish high quality research papers in all areas of
mainstream mathematics that are of interest to a substantial number of
its readers. Over the past several years, under an expanded Editorial Board, the journal has begun a
serious effort to raise the standards of its papers, broaden its
coverage, and increase its reputation in order to make it more
attractive to authors and subscribers alike.
The journal recently
implemented a new system of
centralized electronic processing of papers, which has resulted in
eliminating much of the administrative overhead involved in the
traditional processing of papers, reducing the burden on editors,
referees, and journal staff, and speeding up the publication process.

**Special Volumes.**
In 2004, the IJM inaugurated a series of affordable monographs with the
publication of the Baer
Volume, a collection of invited articles to mark the centenary of
the birth of Reinhold Baer, one of the founders of the IJM. A second
volume in this series, the
Doob Volume, was published in 2007, to honor the memory of
Joseph Doob, a founding editor of the IJM and a leading figure in
twentieth century American mathematics. The most recent volume in this
series is the Griffith
Volume, published in 2008, which contains the proceedings of a
Commutative Algebra Conference held in 2005 in honor of Phillip Griffith.

**Articles about the IJM.** The first four items below appeared
in "Math Times",
the newsletter of the Mathematics Department of the University
of Illinois, and describe some of the milestones achieved
by the Journal in recent years. The last item contains
(in pdf format) slides from a talk given at an AMS Special Session
"Problems and Issues in Electronic Publishing", at the AMS-SMM
International Meeting, Houston, May 13, 2004.

- Department takes over as publisher of the IJM (Math Times, Fall 2001)
- IJM implements new system of centralized electronic processing of papers (Math Times, Spring 2003)
- IJM publishes Baer Centenary Volume (Math Times, Fall 2003)
- IJM low cost leader among mainstream math journals (Math Times, Fall 2003)
- Efficient processing of journal submissions (Presentation at AMS Special Session, Houston, May 13, 2004)
- IJM publishes special volume in honor of Joseph Doob (Math Times, Spring 2007)

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