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A transition for Cybergeo

Denise Pumain
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1For an online journal, adaptation and renewal are constant qualities, most often accompanied by small incremental improvements, and sometimes by sudden changes of trajectory. This second modality of changes observed in complex systems was readily qualified as a bifurcation in the literature on self-organization processes, and is now more wisely called a "transition" if we wish to bring about a calmer participation to the adaptations that create novelty.

2Cybergeo has experienced more than one transition, in total autonomy during its first ten years, first at the initiative of its creator Ky Nguyen, then under the impulse of Christine Kosmopoulos, who pushed us to join OpenEdition, then Freemium, and to maintain the platform negotiated with PKP, while Arnaud Banos then Clémentine Cottineau led us towards the publication of Model Papers and Data Papers. The journal owes it to its readers and authors to guarantee the sustainability of the work entrusted to it, through its ethics of quality peer review, the durability of publications and scientific integrity in an open science approach. The recognition of the positive worth of all these evolutions has led us to celebrate 20 years of the journal as those of permanent anticipation of the changes that were to come.

3And here comes another transition, just as necessary, which will be accomplished quietly and in continuity. Twenty-six years after its creation, I am leaving the direction of the journal, not without emotion, but with great confidence in the choice of two new directors, Natacha Aveline and Emilie Lavie, whom I thank for having accepted the responsibility of continuing this collective work. My gratitude also goes to all those who, for nearly three decades, have contributed to the promotion of geography among the sciences through their writings and their attentive rereading. May these hundreds, if not thousands, of people know how much I have appreciated the chance to have benefited from the voluntary sharing of their knowledge and skills.

4I began these three decades with the naive expectation that the Internet would allow us to clean up the frugality of a science market that, as early as the last century, has encouraged the repetition of the same message a dozen times over in order to be heard. With electronics and the right to republish texts that it allows, I foresaw the possibility for each author to refine a work by correcting his or her mistakes, by enriching it successively with his or her discoveries and by completing his or her points of view. Instead of this asceticism of frugality, we have seen the range of publications unfold, in an unequalled abundance of multiple creativities. It is not certain that this freedom has brought more democracy, as bibliometrics injunctions have led to the reinforcement of inequalities in their supposed impact, and have allowed con-fraternal niches of mutual ignorance to develop.

5Fortunately, digital technology has brought its corrections. With the avalanche of new geo-referenced data, the knowledge and skills of geography are even more widely shared among the sciences and the general public. Algorithms such as Cybergeonetworks or Gargantext draw graphs named as "maps" to orient themselves in the mangrove of publications. But artificial intelligence fails, still and perhaps always, to produce meaning with the crossing roads of references and semantic connivances, and the epistemological factory is more than ever the domain of our natural and collective intelligence. In the contradictory currents of the time, Cybergeo has been able to maintain a generalist editorial line, with an openness to the diversity of thoughts, methods and cultures that honor the choice of geography. We would like to thank all those who have contributed to this.

6The editorial team, old and new, sends you its warmest wishes for a beautiful and happy year 2023.

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Denise Pumain, « A transition for Cybergeo », Cybergeo: European Journal of Geography [En ligne], Éditoriaux, mis en ligne le 20 décembre 2022, consulté le 16 juin 2024. URL :

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