Since 2004, the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO) publishes official reports of every workshop, containing extended abstracts of one up to three pages, including references, of the given talks. These "Oberwolfach Reports" (OWR) are published in succession of the "Tagungsberichte". The aim is to report periodically upon the state of mathematical research, and to make these reports available to the mathematical community.
As before, the workshop report can be downloaded by the participants from our website (via "Scientific Programme/Annual Schedules"). The MFO quarterly publishes the collected workshop reports electronically as well as hard cover book series "Oberwolfach Reports" (OWR, ISSN 1660-8933) in cooperation with the European Mathematical Society. Interested libraries or institutes can subscribe to OWR on a non-profit basis (in 2004, 4 issues with more than 3000 pages for 190 Euro plus shipping) or can make exchange arrangements with their institute publications. Zentralblatt MATH and Mathematical Reviews will regularly receive a copy of OWR.
As a sample copy, Issue 1 of Volume 1 (2004) is freely available as a pdf file. The electronic version with full search facilities will be available for each subscriber on the website of the European Mathematical Society - Publishing House.
For subscription, please take a look at our flyer, containing the editorial and the order form. In case that your library is interested in an exchange arrangement, do not hesitate to contact our librarian, please.
As official documents, the OWR will be quotable and it will be possible to refer to results, open problems, and new developments in a particular field of mathematics represented in an Oberwolfach workshop. Moreover, these reports will be used to satisfyingly prove the scientific activities at our institute.
Oberwolfach leaves the copyright of the extended abstracts to the authors. Thus, the reports will not affect any further publications of the results by the authors in any form. However, the MFO holds the copyright on OWR as a whole and has the right of publication and distribution, either in printed form or electronically.
The extended abstracts should keep an informal style and reflect eventually the provisional status of the presented results. We encourage also to include open questions and conjectures in order to promote new research problems. The added references should provide the necessary background and point to related papers.
The organisers point out a reporter (Berichterstatter) and ask the speakers to send an abstract of their talks as a Latex document by email to the reporter within four weeks upon completion of the workshop. This can also be taken into consideration when submitting a proposal for a talk, such that the additional work for the speakers after the workshop will be minimized.
It is also possible that the organisers include a small section in the report on special activities like a discussion session or a session of short talks. As a rule, abstracts or research reports from participants which did not give a talk, are not included.
We should like to ask the organisers, the reporter and the authors (i.e. the workshop speakers) to take a look at our guidelines concerning the format and the editing process of OWR. We strongly urge the reporter and the authors to use our latex template for OWR. In case of further questions do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, please.
I should like to thank you for your cooperation.
Gert-Martin Greuel, Director