Ecography goes Open Access
Ecography becomes an Open Access journal 1 January 2020
We are delighted to share the news that Ecography will become a full Gold Open Access journal on 1 January 2020. This means that papers are made freely accessible for anyone to read, directly upon publication. Authors may share their articles with anyone, on any platform or via any communication channel. Open Access increases visibility and helps make research reach a larger audience, and generally, this also leads to increased downloads and citations. In addition, in January 2020 all articles published from 1997 onwards will be made free for anyone to read. We are convinced that Open Access offers many advantages over traditional publishing and that the free and unlimited access to Ecography’s papers will strengthen the journal.
Why is Ecography going Open Access?
The publishing landscape is rapidly changing. As a society, we need to adapt to these changes, to make sure that our journals can continue to thrive and deliver the very best research to readers across the globe. For a long time, the publishing of Ecography has been heavily subsidized by the Nordic Society Oikos (NSO). This model has worked when the landscape has been stable and our other journals have been able to attract enough subscription income to provide support for the full journal portfolio. But now, when more and more funders and countries mandate Open Access, increasing pressure and uncertainty is placed on the traditional subscription system. To ensure the long-term survival of all our journals, and to start the transition towards a more open and freely accessible publishing landscape, the board of NSO has decided to move Ecography to Open Access beginning in January 2020. The move to Open Access will not affect the editorial process — the scientific judgement of paper quality is independent of our publication model. We intend to keep the quality of published papers at the highest scientific level.
Although there are many advantages of Open Access, we understand that there also are potential concerns. Moving to a system where authors pay a fee to publish comes with a risk of building new barriers. As a society, we are committed to reduce barriers in publishing and we are therefore setting aside funds for a voucher program to be developed by the Ecography editorial board.
More and more funders have unique agreements with Wiley, where part of the APC (Article Processing Charge) or the full APC is covered by the funder. Please read more here: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/open-a...
In addition, Wiley offers waivers and discounts to corresponding authors based in developing countries. Read more here: https://authorservices.wiley.com/open-research/open-access/for-authors/w...
All accepted papers submitted after 15 August will be charged an APC (Article Processing Charge) of $2200. For the category Brevia, there will be a 50% waiver (APC = $1100) whereas News and Views papers will be waived entirely (= no APC). Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information: http://www.ecography.org/authors/faq