About Project Euclid
Project Euclid was developed and deployed by the Cornell University Library, with start-up funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is now jointly managed by the Cornell Library and Duke University Press. It was originally created to provide a platform for small scholarly publishers of mathematics and statistics journals to move from print to electronic in a cost-effective way.
Through a combination of support by subscribing libraries and participating publishers, over 70% of the journal articles hosted on Project Euclid are openly available. As of 2018, Project Euclid hosts 1.8 million pages of open-access content.
Project Euclid's mission is to provide powerful, low-cost online hosting and publishing services for theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics scholarship worldwide. As a non-profit community-driven international partnership of academic libraries, independent and society scholarly publishers, and scholars, Project Euclid actively supports broad, sustainable access to this scholarship.
- Strong independent, society, and small business publishers
- User-friendly, reliable, well-designed online services
- Online services and data standards that improve discoverability
- Long-term preservation of access to scholarship
- Innovative global partnerships and collaborations among publishers, librarians, and scholars
- Not-for-profit, cost-effective, affordable, and sustainable business models
- Widely accessible scholarship
- High quality, curated scholarship
- Community-ownership and operation
Cornell University Library began developing Project Euclid in 2000, with initial funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In the early days of online scholarly publishing, small publishers suddenly faced new and potentially expensive technical challenges in the production and dissemination of their titles. To meet these new demands, many independent mathematics publishers turned their journals over to large commercial presses, and libraries began to see reduced competition and diversity in scholarly publishing and an increase in subscription prices.
Concerned with these developments, the Cornell Library began to explore alternatives to traditional commercial publishing. With Project Euclid, the Library set out to build an online publishing platform that would provide advanced hosting services to publishers who valued their independence and at the same time recognized the need to remain competitive in an increasingly online environment. By pooling investment in technology, Project Euclid can offer its partner publishers best-in-class services that are cost effective and affordable. In the same spirit of innovation, the Library also began hosting arXiv, the pioneering preprint repository. Both of these efforts were stimulated by a desire to keep scholarship affordable and to foster a healthy and diverse scholarly communications environment.
In 2008, the Cornell University Library joined forces with Duke University Press to cooperate and co-manage Project Euclid. This partnership brought extensive nonprofit publishing skills and perspectives to Project Euclid, which has continued to grow and develop for nearly twenty years. Today Project Euclid hosts 100 publications from over 35 partner publishers worldwide and includes several of the most eminent titles in mathematics and statistics.