New journal

It is not an every day activity, but recently the publishers Taylor & Francis (known from the Journal of Molluscan Studies) launched a new journal: Neotropical Biodiversity. It is an open access journal, but remarkable is it charges no author fees (the only other example I know is the European Journal of Taxonomy). The expenses of open access publishing in Neotropical Biodiversity are covered by Ecuador´s National Secretariat for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. This means there are no article publishing charges and your article will be freely available for everyone on publication.


I was quite surprised about the involvement of the Ecuadorian government, but if this is a sign of real commitment with biodiversity research (and nature conservation) it is only to be appreciated very much. The scope of the journal is broad and the editorial board is dominated by Ecuadorians and Americans. The first issue is in progress and has so far papers on mites and frogs.

A welcome addition as outlet for papers on the Neotropics. Let’s hope that it will stimulate researchers in this realm to do research that is worth publishing in this journal.



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