Australasian Journal of Combinatorics

If you are a subscriber to the Australasian Journal of Combinatorics, take a look at the February 2011 volume. What is different? (Read on for the answer.)

The editor-in-chief of the journal is my old friend Liz Billington. She was one of the first people I met when I moved from Brisbane to Oxford in 1968. The chances of life took her in the opposite direction, from Oxford to Brisbane, where she has lived for many years now, in a beautiful house on the edge of a rain forest gully in Taringa.

The original honorary editor is Anne Street. She was one of my undergraduate lecturers; she taught me measure theory, although she is best known as a combinatorialist.

The associate editors are also at the University of Queensland; but, lest the whole thing seem a bit parochial, the editorial board spans the globe. The chief Managing Editor is Gordon Royle, whom I taught briefly in Oxford; he is also one of the triumvirate who run the SymOmega blog. Several other editors are co-authors, former students, or friends of mine.

The journal is published by the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia, which unlike the British equivalent is an incorporated company. I was the scrutineer for their elections in 2008.

I have a paper (with Christian Krattenthaler and Thomas Müller) provisionally accepted by the journal (but at the moment I am too busy to revise it).

The current volume contains papers on a wide spread of topics in combinatorics and graph theory. Maybe none of them is going to bring about a paradigm shift in mathematics, but how many papers do that? The journal feels good to hold, the type is big enough to read, and it avoids a piece of stupidity becoming more common in journals from big publishers, namely setting mathematical symbols in different fonts in the abstract, in headings, and in body text. They sensibly stick to standard LaTeX.

So I am very proud to have been made an honorary editor of the journal. If you missed my name, it is right at the very top of the list of editors, above even Liz’s name.

So I wish the journal well!

About Peter Cameron

I count all the things that need to be counted.
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4 Responses to Australasian Journal of Combinatorics

  1. Gordon Royle says:

    And we are delighted to welcome Peter on board as honorary editor. As the readers of this blog would know (apart those who accidentally arrived here looking for information about the little-known actor Cameron Counts), Peter is a wonderful mathematician with an immense breadth of knowledge across most areas of combinatorics and further afield.

    In fact, if you meet someone at a conference who says “My supervisor was Peter Cameron”, that will give you almost zero information as to her thesis topic, so broad is the possible range.

    • Thanks, Gordon – and as to your last point, see today’s post! (I am not too proud to shine in the reflected glory of my students.)

    • SoundEagle says:

      Hi Gordon,

      Indeed! If I were to conduct my honours, masters and PhD researches again (each one not necessarily just in one discipline, department and faculty), I would always pick supervisor(s) with a very broad range of expertise.

  2. Liz points out to me that I have missed out some of the history. The first honorary editor of the journal was Bernhard Neumann (who was the real father of my academic father), followed by Ralph Stanton, then Anne Street. She gave me the following data:

    Volumes 1-10 had just Bernhard as Honorary Editor; Volumes 11-26 had Bernhard and Ralph Stanton; Volumes 27-47 had Ralph and Anne as honorary editors. Vol 48 was just Anne, and now Volumes 49-?? have you and Anne.

    So I am in even more exalted company.

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