Combinatorics is flourishing, at least in the lists of the European Mathematical Society publishing house.

A few years ago, I mentioned the new journal *Combinatorics, Physics and their Interactions*, aka *Annales de l’Institut Henri Poincaré D*.

Now they have announced a new journal starting up next year, *Journal of Combinatorial Algebra*, with Mark Sapir as editor-in-chief. The “Aims and Scope” say,

Its domain is the rich and deep interplay between combinatorics and algebra. Its scope includes combinatorial aspects of group, semigroup and ring theory, representation theory, commutative algebra, algebraic geometry and dynamical systems.

I am not completely certain how this scope differs from that of the Springer *Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics*, but no doubt this will become clearer in time; a journal is defined by its contents more than by its aims and scope.

It is particularly pleasing that both these journals are specifically about combinatorics and something else. This is combinatorics doing the job it grew up to do, in my opinion.

And also, of course, the first issue of the *EMS Surveys in Mathematical Sciences* in 2014 was devoted to a survey article by Terence Tao on “Algebraic combinatorial geometry”.

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From the list of editors it looks to me a lot more combinatorial algebra than algebraic combinatorics. So I would guess the emphasize will be on combinatorial phenomenons in algebra rather than using algebra to study combinatorics.

It is a shame that Sapir apparently has no interest in open access. Furthermore, when I commented online (G+ 22 April) about this: “Looks like an “amateur” journal. I wish the editors well, but it looks like a missed opportunity to me.” I received the witty reply: “Your comment is stupid”. I hope it proves worthwhile, but it still seems like a missed opportunity to me.

If it is any consolation, I had a similar experience with him.

Well, as we know, any UK authors who publish there will have to put a post-acceptance preprint on a public website within three months of acceptance in order to count the paper for the REF; this seems as good as open access to me,,,

So what about papers with no UK authors?

Some non-UK authors do use the arXiv…