About JACoW

In 1996, the Joint Accelerator Conferences Website collaboration was set up in order to publish the Proceedings of the European Particle Accelerator Conference (EPAC) and of the predecessor of this conference, then simply called PAC. The collaboration was joined by the first Asian Particle Accelerator Conference in 1998. Today, sixteen conference series are members of the growing JACoW Collaboration, which is at once an electronic publisher, a mutual-aid society of editors and conference organizers or "scientific secretariats," and a developer and operator of conference-management software.

Each conference series agrees to adopt common templates, and to produce JACoW-compatible files of papers for publication at the site. They also agree to abide by terms of reference and boundary conditions which have been put in place to facilitate the training of JACoW editors through hands-on experience in processing of papers, and also through attendance at the annual JACoW Team Meetings where technical problems related to electronic publication are addressed.

JACoW has thus become a collaboration in electronic publication, with a Steering Committee composed of the Chairs of the past, current and future conferences in each of the member series.

More recently, the JACoW Collaboration has developed a Scientific Program Management System (SPMS) based on Oracle software. Originally designed to handle contributions to a scientific conference from abstract submission through to the production of the proceedings, it is now also used for many of the organization's own activities, as well as (at the option of individual conferences) to manage delegate and industrial exhibition registration, refereeing and hotel accommodation.