This regular issue leads off the thirtieth volume published by the European Journal of Mineralogy (EJM), and this may be the last editorial I will write as editorial manager. It is time for a change, in a changing world of scientific publication. Indeed, alongside the usual ‘big sharks’, i.e. the monopolistic publishing houses that have been dominating the market and pressurizing institutional subscribers for decades, a wealth of new, online players is emerging under the Open Access (OA) banner. These are a true challenge not only for journals published by non-profit learned societies, but for scientific publication in general. The...

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