The Annales de l’Institut Fourier aim at publishing original papers of a high level in all fields of mathematics, either in English or in French.
The Editorial Board encourages submission of articles containing an original and important result, or presenting a new proof of a central result in a domain of mathematics. Also, the Annales de l’Institut Fourier being a general purpose journal, highly specialized articles can only be accepted if their exposition makes them accessible to a larger audience.
The Annales de l'Institut Fourier applies to each submission either a quick rejection, or a blind peer review process by anonymous referees (simple blind).
The Editorial Board of the AIF expects the referees to provide a careful assessment of the paper which they review. The referees should keep in mind that the AIF publishes approximately 80 articles a year, in all domains of pure and applied mathematics. As a consequence, the Editorial Board must be very selective, and the work of the referees is of fundamental importance to help the Editors in making their choice. The AIF aims at reaching the level of the best international journals in the domains it covers.
All manuscripts should be regarded as privileged and confidential, and their contents not disclosed without the author’s permission. The Editorial Board proposals for referees aim to avoid any conflict of interests between authors and referees.
Depending on the length of the article, a report is expected between two and four months. A shorter period will be especially appreciated by the Editorial Board and the authors in case of rejection. The referees are kindly asked to suggest other names as possible referees in case they are not able to submit a report within four months.
An anonymous report will be sent to the author. This report should contain detailed comments, concrete criticisms, and constructive suggestions about the content and exposition of the paper. Some questions to keep in mind are:
- Is the presentation clear and well organized?
- Are the results new and interesting?
- Are the proofs correct and given in adequate detail, or can they be substantially simplified?
- Do the introduction and abstract give an adequate summary?
The report can be downloaded as a pdf file on the web site of the AIF.
Specific comments for the Editor can be pasted on the web site of the journal, or sent by mail to the Editor in charge. They should set forth the frank opinion about the paper and recommend:
- Accept Submission,
- Light Revision Required,
- Substantial Revision Required,
- Decline submission,
Options 1 and 2 do not lead to a new evaluation round, unlike Option 3, which should be used only if the referee is convinced that the paper will be acceptable once the revisions are made.
Since 2003, the journal consists of one yearly volume divided in 6 issues. Occasionally the journal publish a seventh issue consisting of the proceedings of a Colloquium.
The AIF provides immediate online open access to its content. No subscription is needed to access the articles, and no download fees are charged. Please, consult the section [Legal Notice] for legal statements and copyright policy.
Authors are not charged for publication in this journal, and the journal does not request any submission fee nor any article processing fee.
A printed volume is published yearly and sold at a reasonable cost by the Association des Annales de l'institut Fourier.
This Open Access policy is made possible due to the support of various Institutions: Institut Fourier, CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes.
Authors are retaining all their rights.
The Annales de l’Institut Fourier allow authors to deposit their publications in open archives, with the agreement of their co-authors. Authors may deposit all versions of their article (the editor's version, the submitted version, the accepted version), without embargo, and provided that they indicate the url of the original article.
Starting from 2015, all articles are published under license CC-BY-ND 3.0.
Starting from 2015, all content is licensed under the Creative Commons license BY-ND 3.0.
The contents of the journal are archived by CLOCKSS archiving system to ensure long-term availability.