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Pierre-Gil Salvador
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1Dear colleague and subscriber,

2Like other journals in recent years, we are seeking the best way to sustain our journal while maintaining its quality and ensuring the widest diffusion possible. By means of a short questionnaire, we have already shared with you the reasons for our concern. (1) The slow decrease in subscriptions puts into question the sustainability of our business system (at present subscriptions barely cover the expenses related to the cost of layout, printing and distribution of each issue). (2) Today scientific articles are increasingly consulted and purchased online. (3) The limitations of a printed model compel us to use black and white, which produces an often degraded version of figures in colour that are more and more complex (prohibitive cost of colour printing). (4) Finally, the evaluation of the journal and its attractiveness at an international level (impact factor) are today limited by a mobile barrier (impossibility of online consultation for 3 years, thus ignorance of the articles and indirectly of their citation, a criterion for judging the impact factor). Thus two main closely-related questions emerge from all these considerations: whether or not to maintain the printed version that we produce at the present time, and whether our business model should provide an enlarged liberty of access or a limited one, by use of a mobile barrier that logically favours subscribers.

3After having long explored and tested several models for the publication and diffusion of journals, and in taking account of your comments, we have decided to abandon the printed version, if possible by the end of this year 2015, to develop an exclusively online version. We will develop this version towards an OpenAccess formula, which for institutions remains subject to the purchase of a digital package giving access to the articles in the journal, and to the possibility of downloading a colour pdf that meets the standards of today’s journals. The novelty for individuals is that the articles will be freely available as soon as they are placed online, without subscription, but in an html type of format (plain text available only on internet). It is this liberty of access that should favour the diffusion and citation of the articles in our journal. Why subscribe individually to the journal, as it will be directly accessible online? There again, we will develop the present formula by proposing a model of single membership that includes membership in the GFG and subscription to the journal, which will give access to downloading the colour pdf reserved for institutions. You will observe that the page layout of the articles in this issue has already evolved towards that which is anticipated for the digital version.

4We hope that this new formula is satisfactory to you and that it will ensure a bright future for our journal. The only objective of all the efforts undertaken has been to provide the widest scientific readership possible for all those who contribute their publications and thus participate in the readability and influence of our discipline.

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Pierre-Gil Salvador, « Editorial », Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement, vol. 21 – n° 2 | 2015, 99-100.

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Pierre-Gil Salvador, « Editorial », Géomorphologie : relief, processus, environnement [En ligne], vol. 21 – n° 2 | 2015, mis en ligne le 09 juillet 2015, consulté le 27 mars 2017. URL :

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Pierre-Gil Salvador

Université Lille 1 – Sciences et Technologies – UFR de Géographie et Aménagement, av. Paul Langevin, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex – France ( Tél : +33 (0)3 20 43 43 88.

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