Terms of Reference

Updated March 2009

It is agreed that the electronic proceedings of the member Conferences are published at a Joint Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW)
  1. To publish member conference’s proceedings on the internet at JACoW.org
  2. To provide support to member conferences by means of tools for conference organisation, proceedings production and shared software licenses
  3. To train editors in the techniques and technologies involved
Basic Organisation
The management of JACoW is the responsibility of the Steering Committee and the implementation and operation is done by the Team. The Team (the technical experts) reports to the Steering Committee which is composed of the decision makers of the member conferences.
Requirements for Membership
Each conference undertakes to adhere to a number of conditions which are listed below. Conferences wishing to join the collaboration should state their acceptance of these conditions and apply to the Steering Committee for membership. The application is approved by simple majority of the Steering Committee members.
Conditions of Membership
Each conference agrees to
  • Adhere to the basic requirements for publication on JACoW
  • A collaborative approach to template preparation and software to be supported
  • A collaborative approach to the selection of Acrobat software to ensure backward compatibility
  • Send their representatives on the JACoW Team to the annual JACoW Team Meetings
  • To continue and possibly expand the international collaboration in electronic publication
  • To encourage publication of post mortems by their editorial teams.
JACoW Steering Committee
The Steering Committee comprises the decision makers from member conferences (Scientific Programme Chairmen or their equivalent or someone nominated by them) and the JACoW officials. The representatives of member conferences are defined as: the previous, present and future Scientific Programme Committee Chairmen /their equivalent (or someone nominated by them) from each series. The change from present to previous etc. takes effect once the current conference has taken place. The JACoW officials are the Chairman and Secretary, Deputy Chairmen and Regional Support Managers.

The Steering Committee should meet at least once per year at the conference in N. America, Europe or Asia. Extraordinary meetings may also be called by a consensus of five Steering Committee Members.

The JACoW Team
The Team is loosely defined but must contain a Chairman and Secretary, the Regional Support Centre Managers and a rolling set (past, present and future) of editors. Experts may also be co-opted to the team.

A Deputy Chairman may be appointed by the Team for three year periods. The role of the Deputy Chairman is to assist the Chairman and Secretary in the management of the collaboration, reporting directly to the Chairman.

Control of JACoW
The activities of JACoW are to be carried out in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

It is the responsibility of the Chairman of JACoW to communicate all proposals for change to the Steering Committee.

Changes to the Terms of Reference must be approved by a simple majority of the Steering Committee members.

The JACoW Chairman is proposed by the Team and the Steering Committee has to approve the nomination. The appointment as Chairman is for three year periods.

The JACoW Team reports to the Steering Committee through the JACoW Chairman. The JACoW Team is responsible for the execution of the tasks which are necessary to meet the objectives of the collaboration.

Rights of Individual Conference Organisers
The existence of the combined site does not detract from the rights of individual conference organisers to publish their proceedings on other web sites, storage media or hard copies of their choice.
Editorial Responsibility
The Proceedings of each conference are the responsibility of the Editors or Editorial Board of the proceedings, or a person designated by the Chairperson of the Scientific Programme Committee of the relevant conference.
Web Sites
JACoW is located at a primary location registered under the domain name of JACoW.org. Mirror sites may be established but the host institutes must undertake to support the full functionality and content of the primary JACoW site and to provide the necessary hard- and software, backup and maintenance.
Regional Support Centres
A JACoW regional support centre should supply the host environment for the JACoW tools for conference organisation, management and paper processing (SPMS). This requires that there is an Oracle system capable of installing the JACoW software, the provision of Oracle system support, an Oracle webserver and someone responsible for JACoW systems support. Institutes accepting this role are required to guarantee continuity for an initial three year period and to agree to give one year’s notice of the termination of such support. The JACoW Proceedings Scripts Package (JPSP) is not included in this support.
Modus Operandi
The JACoW Team reports to the Steering Committee through the JACoW Chairman.
The Steering Committee must approve all changes to the organisation, membership and operation of JACoW by simple majority.
The Steering Committee and Team should meet independently at least once per year.
The JACoW Team is responsible for the execution of the tasks which are necessary to meet the objectives of the collaboration.