Compositionality — First Issue


Yay! The first volume of Compositionality has been published! You can read it here:

“Compositionality” is about how complex things can be assembled out of simpler parts. Compositionality is a journal for research using compositional ideas, most notably of a category-theoretic origin, in any discipline. Example areas include but are not limited to: computation, logic, physics, chemistry, engineering, linguistics, and cognition.

Compositionality is a diamond open access journal. That means it’s free to publish in and free to read.

The executive board consists of Brendan Fong, Nina Otter and Joshua Tan. I thank them for all their work making this dream a reality!

The coordinating editors are Aleks Kissinger and Joachim Kock. The steering board consists of John Baez, Bob Coecke, Kathryn Hess, Steve Lack and Valeria de Paiva.

The editors are:

Corina Cirstea, University of Southampton, UK
Ross Duncan, University of Strathclyde, UK
Andrée Ehresmann, University of Picardie Jules Verne, France
Tobias Fritz, Perimeter Institute, Canada
Neil Ghani, University of Strathclyde, UK
Dan Ghica, University of Birmingham, UK
Jeremy Gibbons, University of Oxford, UK
Nick Gurski, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Helle Hvid Hansen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Chris Heunen, University of Edinburgh, UK
Martha Lewis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Samuel Mimram, École Polytechnique, France
Simona Paoli, University of Leicester, UK
Dusko Pavlovic, University of Hawaii, USA
Christian Retoré, Université de Montpellier, France
Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Queen Mary University, UK
Peter Selinger, Dalhousie University, Canada
Pawel Sobocinski, University of Southampton, UK
David Spivak, MIT, USA
Jamie Vicary, University of Birmingham and University of Oxford, UK
Simon Willerton, University of Sheffield, UK

9 Responses to Compositionality — First Issue

  1. kenneth abbott says:

    No University of Cambridge. The guys who cracked the atom ;-)

  2. Tony Verow MD says:

    This is terrific Dr Baez et al. The open access is great.

  3. John Baez says:

    One way to include Cambridge would be to get Marcelo Fiore to be an editor.

  4. The link for Tobias Fritz doesn’t work.

    Also, since there are very many Max Planck Institutes, I would add that he is at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences.

  5. Paul Abbott says:

    Not one editor in Eastern Europe, Asia and only one in the entire Southern Hemisphere?

    • John Baez says:

      Nominate some experts in applied category theory from these places!

      • Paul Abbott says:

        But have you looked at all? The list of editors includes 11 UK editors, way more than from any other country! Surely you must realise that this looks unbalanced (and, clearly, unrepresentative). And I have no doubt that Ross Street—who you praised in your blog—could have recommended several other Australian editors.

        You define Compositionality as being “about how complex things can be assembled out of simpler parts”, but then (implictly) focus only on category-theory. Perhaps you should have asked Stephen Wolfram—someone who has spent his life arguing that arguing that complexity emerges naturally from simple systems—or do you dismiss NKS completely?

      • John Baez says:

        Steve Lack, from Australia, is on the advisory board of the journal. I’ll see if he can find some Australians who want to be on the journal. Most of the Australian category theorists I know are less “applied” than the thrust of this journal. One exception is Michael Johnson, who is giving one of the courses at Applied Category Theory 2020.

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