DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA: Efficient Production of Mathematical Literature
Electronic tools can be used to increase speed and to significantly reduce costs of the production process for mathematical and, more general, scientific literature.
If all scientific journals and books were produced that way, this could stop the trend of permanent increase of scientific library budgets, without reducing the quality of literature support.
As an electronically produced and fully refereed journal, DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA uses highly automated software tools in order to minimize production time and work.
They way DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA is managed was recently described in the report
by its Managing Editors.
The software tools developed for DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA have also been used in order to produce the Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians 1998 (ICM) as an Extra Volume of that journal.
The scientific part of these proceedings (ca. 2200 pages consisting of 186 manuscripts written by the Invited Speakers of the ICM with ca. 160 embedded graphics) was produced - by one person - during the time from July 1, 1998 ( = deadline for manuscript submission ) through July 15, 1998 ( = submission date of the final postscript file to the printer).
During that time, manuscripts were formated in a uniform layout and recycled to the authors for final corrections. Moreover, the tables of contents, the author indexes, and the postscript versions for the final volumes were built. These postscript files were the input for the printer in order to produce the printed volumes.
Thanks to the new electronic production methods it was possible, for the first time in the hundred year history of the ICM, to publish two of the three volumes - as printed books - already before the congress started, while the volume containing the reports on the ICM ceremonies appeared still in the same year 1998.
Main ingredients for the production were standard software building tools like the well known Unix program "Make", but also "Perl", "Emacs", some standard format converters, and, of course, electronic mail.