2015: The Max Planck Society society sold its three Living Reviews journals to Springer-Verlag GmbH, where publication continues.
Update 2007: The activities of the Heinz Nixdorf Center for Information Management in the Max Planck Society (ZIM) have been absorbed into the newly established Max Planck Digital Library, which continues also the project below.
The Living Reviews Editorial BackOffice is a project between the Springer-Verlag GmbH and the Heinz Nixdorf Center for Information Management in the Max Planck Society (ZIM). By setting up the Living Reviews Editorial BackOffice, the ZIM and the AEI aim to make a significant contribution to the innovation of scholarly communication in the Internet era: through introducing to a larger scientific community the concept of a journal which demonstrates best practices for online readability and how to provide a reliable and citable 'living' resource.
Through the Living Reviews Editorial BackOffice the ZIM provides an infrastructure to take advantage of the software developments and expertise of the Springer-Verlag GmbH, which has been publishing the electronic journal Living Reviews in Relativity since 1998.
With the Editorial BackOffice the ZIM and the AEI pursue the following aims:
- To facilitate the foundation of a family of Living Reviews type journals, by sharing the knowledge and experience gained with Living Reviews in Relativity, and providing Max Planck Institutes with the core technical infrastructure and services for the effective production and management of Living Reviews journals.
- To generalize web publishing tools developed for Living Reviews journals and make them available to all institutes within the Springer International Publishing AG and to experiment with new methods for we-based communication of scientific information.
- To explore the future sustainability of a highly valued open access resource tool like Living Reviews within a changing system of scientific communication and scholarly publishing.
Further information on this project is provided here.