Frequently Asked Questions

APC stands for Article Processing Charge, also known as a publication fee. It is a fee which is charged to the authors to make an article available open access.

Open access (OA) refers to free, unrestricted online access to research outputs such as journal articles and books. OA content is open to everyone in the world, with no fees to access the material. It also means that you as an author are free to spread your article on social media, on websites and to any other place you wish.

Several funders and institutions have agreements with our publisher Wiley, covering either the full APC or part of it. Please read more here:

We offer waivers and discounts to corresponding authors based in developing countries. Read more here:​

There are many costs involved in the production of a paper. The Oikos Editorial Office uses several service providers in order to publish our journals: ScholarOne (manuscript handling), Deanta (type setter), DataDryad (data deposition), Wiley (publication platform), as well as staff at the office itself, who runs the day-to-day office tasks, like emailing authors, communication with editors, reviewers, copy editing, proof reading, etc. The APC has been chosen at a level that can cover all these costs, without a goal of making a profit.

Manuscripts that are already in the submission system will not be charged an APC. Any submissions received after 15 August will be charged an APC if the paper is ultimately accepted. Any revised papers that are submitted after 15 August will not be charged an APC if the original submission was made before 15 August. Manuscripts that have received a ”reject, but invite to resubmit” are considered as new submissions and will be charged an APC if submitted after 15 August.

Your article will be published under the CC-BY license. This is the most common Open Access license and it complies with all funder mandates. The license means that you, and anyone else, is free to share, copy and redistribute the article in any medium or format as long as the article is cited. Please read more here:

Viridis or other accessible color ramps for figures can be used when possible. It is an addition to R that can be downloaded from the below link

Viridis color ramps are not only aesthetically very nice, they are designed to still be interpretable when printed in greyscale, and are interpretable to end users with various types of color blindness. You can make your figures prettier AND more accessible to people with disabilities just by adding a call to viridis. 

A good title and abstract may be the difference between when  a reader clicks on your paper or they just keep scrolling.

Wiley has compiled author tools to improve your paper content. For general tips on how to prepare an article, please visit:

What makes a good title:

What makes a good abstract:

Certainly. We can make a blog post with a link to your video and your article, or we can share via our twitter or facebook accounts. Tips on how to make a video abstract can be found here:

The editorial office hand edits every manuscript that is accepted for publication. Therefore, the accepted manuscript needs to be converted to word / open office / neo office / RTF or similar formats. Here is some examples of links that may help you covert your paper:,,,


One of the key factors in sustaining long-term usage for your research is through search engine optimization (SEO). Pay particular attention to your title and abstract and use keywords. Learn more here.

It should be fine to publish press material once the article has been published online on WOL.
I’ve just included this link for your reference which offers general guidelines on Wiley’s Embargo Policy. 

Yes. Every issue has a photo cover from one of the authors included in that issue. We are looking for colour photos that may be associated with your article, either your study organism or perhaps a picture from the field where the study was done. When sending photos, please make sure that you took the picture yourself or if you have permission from the photographer to use it freely. The image will be distributed according to CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported. Please also note that the photo must be sharp and of high enough resolution. It must be 300 dpi at a full journal page. We take the liberty of choosing a picture that works for the lay out of the cover. Please send suggested covers to ecography [at] oikosoffice [dot] lu [dot] se

After 12 months you may post an accepted version of your article on your home page, university page etc. Here is a summary of the Wiley embargo policy:

There is a 24 hour-minimum embargo on all unpublished articles. Essentially, this means that once Wiley has released the article to the media for the purpose of compiling press releases, they are then not permitted to release these press releases until 00:01 on the day which the article appears live on Wiley Online Library.

You can read more on the embargo in our Ecxlusive Licence Form:

You can share our face book posts or tweets within your social net work for the posts that mention your article. You can also contribute to our blog by sharing the story behind your article, make a video of for e.g. you doing field work, or let a colleague interview you. That video can then be posted via our you tube channel. You can also make a press release via your University and send us the link so that we can share that among our readers. If you have any other ideas of how you would like to promote your article, please contact the editorial office (ecography [at] oikosoffice [dot] lu [dot] se).

Normally you should have a decision within two-three months. We always try to keep handling time to a minimum, but sometime it takes a bit longer to get the  quality referee reports we want to make a decision.

After acceptance it normally takes 4-6 weeks for editing, type setting and corrections until a manuscript is live on early view at Wiley.

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