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To properly evaluate the potential for success of a new peer-reviewed journal, it is essential for the Mathres to examine and discuss numerous topics. This brief outline shows some of the important information that is required for the evaluation, planning and review process:

the likely contribution to science, particularly, the scientific mission and rigour of the proposed journal;
the likely rate of submissions of papers meeting international levels of excellence;
the fit with other Mathres journals;
the enthusiasm of a suitably experienced and qualified editorial team.

The proposal should contain the following sections:

1. Introduction

This should provide a general overview of the proposal including the history behind its development, and a summary of the reasons why it would be feasible to launch a new journal.

2. Aims and scope of the journal

This should state briefly what the suggested aims of the journal will be, what types of papers it hopes to publish and the various areas that it would include within its scope.

3. Editorial Board

The proposing Committee should have in mind likely nominees for the prospective post of Editor of the journal, as well as an Editorial Board, bearing in mind that the composition of the board should take into account the international nature of likely subscribers and readership, as well as providing coverage of any sub-disciplines of the subject. They should also be confident of being able to attract a pool of suitable reviewers.

4. Competing journals

This should list any competitor journals, providing brief information on their scope, any particular strengths or weaknesses, any affiliations to/endorsements by relevant organisations, etc.

It would be helpful to identify the main competitor(s) as well as any titles recently launched in the area. The proposal should show how the new journal would fit in the market, and highlight any particular strengths that could distinguish the new journal from its competitors.

5. Expert opinion

Provide the names of at least three people who may be approached for an expert opinion on this proposal.

6. Conclusion

Sum up the main points of your argument supporting the case for launching a new journal.