Frequently asked questions about electronic subscriptions

Which journals offer electronic subscriptions?

At present the Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society and the ANZIAM Journal offer electronic subscriptions.

How much does it cost?

In general a subscription to just the electronic version of one of our journals will be slightly cheaper than a print subscription. Institutions may subscribe to both print and electronic versions for slightly more than the print subscription. For full details see the Journal subscriptions page.

What do we get for our subscription?

A subscription buys your site unlimited internet access via the Web to the full versions of articles in the volumes of the journal for that year. Note that this means that you get `perpetual access' to these articles, rather than one years access to all the volumes of the Journal.

Abstracts for all articles will be available in HTML format for ease of viewing. Full articles will be available in Adobe's standard PDF format which can be viewed using the freely available Acrobat Reader (and other software). The full articles (which may be viewed on-screen, or printed on your local printer) will be as close as possible to the printed version. A free trial of part of one of the volume parts of the Journal is available.

Access will be controlled by checking the Internet Address (IP address) of machines requesting restricted files. Usually this means that anyone from your site will be able to access the journal electronically without the use of passwords. See the Terms and Conditions for what constitutes a `site'.

Terms and Conditions of Electronic Subscriptions

What if we stop subscribing?

You will continue to have access to those volumes of the journals for which you have paid.

What can nonsubscribers see?

Nonsubscribers will have access to the contents pages and abstracts of the articles but they will not have access to the full articles.

What is an IP address?

When a user requests a web page, the request carries with it the internet address of the user. The web server which receives this request can look at the address and decide to allow or disallow access to the requested page.

Internet addesses can be written in a number of forms. For example, and both point to the same machine (in this case the AustMS web server). We have found that for identification purposes, the numerical form of this address, known as an IP address is the most reliable. More about IP addresses

Since most of our subscribers are universities, our aim is that a single electronic subscription will enable access from all the computers on a single campus. For most campuses, all the machines on that campus have the same first part of the IP address. For example, machines at the Australian National University campus have IP addresses of the form 150.203.*.* . For most institutional subscribers, a single `Class B' address range of this form is what we need to provide access.

We realize that for some subscribers, fixing the range of IP addresses may not be so straightforward. The conditions of use restrict each subscription to a single site. We will sometimes have to make compromises between this restriction and the desire to keep the IP address ranges that need to be checked manageable. Usually we will err on the side of granting wider access. In some cases we may be able to offer special pricing to organisations which comprise a number of disjoint sites. In any case, if the situation for your campus or institution is complicated, please contact us for advice

Can individual subscribers get access?

Individual members can subscribe to the paper version of the journals at a substantial discount to the list price. Technical considerations mean that extending this offer to electronic subscriptions is difficult. If sufficient interest was shown by a sufficient number of members, we are willing to look into how we might best be able to cater for individual subscribers.

Updated: 19 Mar 2008