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The many dimensions of choosing a journal - summary for ecology
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This spreadsheet is assembled by Brian McGill (2013). Sources and metadata found below the table.
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For more details see: http://dynamicecology.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/follow-the-money-what-really-matters-when-choosing-a-journal
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Last 10 journals courtesy of Tobias Jeppsson (ISI impact factor reported instead of rank)
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LibrariesAuthor ChargePersSubscNon-Cost Factors
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Journal TitleISI rankSocietyPublisherProfit status $/article PriceIdxPriceRating $/page $OpenAcc Annual Self-archivingJSTOROpen access
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Nature1N/ANature Publishing GroupFor profit$18.490.69Good $- N/A $199YellowNoNo
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Science2AAASAAASNot-for-profit$20.030.78Good $- N/A $99Green5 yearsNo
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Ecology Letters3N/AWiley-BlackwellFor profit$20.841.81Medium $- $3,000YellowNo$ add-on
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Trends in Ecology and Evolution4N/AElsevierFor profit$25.561.92Medium $- $3,000$270BlueNo$ add-on
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Nature Climate Change5N/ANature Publishing GroupFor profit $- N/A $290YellowNoNo
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PLOS Biology6Public Library of SciencePublic Library of ScienceNot-for-profit $- 0Good N/A $2,900 N/A GreenN/AEntirely
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Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics7N/AAnnual ReviewsNot-for-profit$7.790.59Good $- N/A $86Yellow5 yearsNo
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Proceedings National Academy Sciences8National AcademyNational AcademyNot-for-profit$0.940.06Good$75$1,350$230Green2 years$ add-on (open after 6??? Months)
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ISME J(Intl Society Microbial Ecology Journal)9ISMENature Publishing GroupMixed$23.292.84Bad $- $3,600$523YellowNo$ add-on
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Ecological Monographs10Ecological Society AmericaEcological Society of AmericaNot-for-profit$5.880.62Good$75 N/A $45Green2 yearsNo
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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment11Ecological Society AmericaEcological Society of AmericaNot-for-profit$5.110.32Good$75 N/A $- Green2 yearsNo
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Molecular Ecology Resources12N/AWiley-BlackwellFor profit$57.1813.69Bad$3,000$375YellowNo$ add-on
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Global Ecology and Biogeography13~International Biogeography Society*Wiley-BlackwellMixed$27.321.94Medium $- $3,000$625Yellow10 years$ add-on
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Global Change Biology14N/AWiley-BlackwellFor profit$24.221.58Medium$433YellowNo$ add-on
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Molecular Ecology15N/AWiley-BlackwellFor profit$57.1813.69Bad$375YellowNo$ add-on
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Diversity and Distributions16~International Biogeography Society*Wiley-BlackwellMixed see Global Ecology Biogeog $625Yellow10 years$ add-on
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Methods in Ecology and Evolution17British Ecological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed ???? N/A Yellow$ add-on
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Proceedings of the Royal Society B18Royal SocietyRoyal SocietyNot-for-profit$7.651.02Good $- $3,645Yellow3 years$ add-on (open after 1 year)
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Journal of Ecology19British Ecological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$12.261.63Medium $- $3,000$45Yellow5 years$ add-on
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Ecology20Ecological Society AmericaEcological Society of AmericaNot-for-profit$2.390.3Good$75 N/A $90Green2 yearsNo
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Ecography21Nordic Ecological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$6.360.87Good $- $3,000$121Yellow7 years$ add-on
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Evolution22Society for Study of EvolutionWiley-BlackwellMixed$3.760.49Good$55$3,000$40Yellow3 years$ add-on
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Journal of Biogeography23~International Biogeography Society*Wiley-BlackwellFor profit see Global Ecology Biogeog $- $3,000$625Yellow10 years$ add-on
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Functional Ecology24British Ecological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$11.461.69Medium $- $3,000$45Yellow5 years$ add-on
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Journal of Animal Ecology25British Ecological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$10.531.54Medium $- $3,000$45Yellow5 years$ add-on
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Journal of Applied Ecology26British Ecological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$10.191.34Medium $- $3,000$45Yellow5 years$ add-on
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American Naturalist27American Society of NaturalistsU of Chicago PressNot-for-profit$5.020.68Good$60$1,400$80Green5 years/0 years$ add-on
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Conservation Biology28Society for Conservation BiologyWiley-BlackwellMixed$5.390.39Good$150$3,000$90Yellow10 years$ add-on
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Perspectives in Plant Ecology29N/AElsevierFor profit$13.371.79Medium $- $3,000 N/A GreenNo$ add-on
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Heredity30Genetics SocietyNature Publishing GroupMixed$8.661.3Medium$3,200$288YellowNo$ add-on
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Ecological Applications31Ecological Society AmericaEcological Society of AmericaNot-for-profit$1.840.14Good$75 N/A $70Green2 yearsNo
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Biological Conservation32N/AElsevierFor profit$10.650.94Good N/A GreenNo$ add-on
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Biogeosciences33European Geosciences UnionCopernicusNot-for-profit $- 0Good$400$3,271GreenN/AEntirely
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Bulletin American Museum of Natural History34Amer Museum Natural HistoryAmer Museum Natural HistoryNot-for-profit $- 0Good$85 $- N/A N/AEntirely
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Journal of Evolutionary Biology35European Society for Evolutionary BiologyWiley-BlackwellMixed$14.122.22Bad $- $3,000$187YellowNo$ add-on
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Biology Letters36Royal SocietyRoyal SocietyNot-for-profit$10.281.67Medium $- $2,380$2,832YellowNo$ add-on (open after 1 year))
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Oikos37Nordic Ecological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$6.501.03Good $- $3,000$195Yellow7 yearsNo
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Microbial Ecology38N/ASpringerFor profit$16.002.31Bad$3,000$1,860GreenNo$ add-on
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Behavioral Ecology39International Society for Behavioral BiologyOxford Univ PressNot-for-profit$15.090.64Good $- $2,800$144YellowNo$ add-on
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Ecosystems40N/ASpringerFor profit$9.261.35Medium$3,000$911GreenNo$ add-on
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Advances in Ecological Research41N/AElsevierMixed$17.453.23Bad$131GreenNo$ add-on
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Oecologia42International Association for EcologySpringerFor profit$22.323.47Bad $- $3,000$7,426Green3 years$ add-on
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Landscape Ecology45N/ASpringerFor profit$12.831.33Medium$1,397GreenNo$ add-on
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Wildlife Monographs49Wildlife SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$4.281.05Good$1,000$60Blue2 yearsNo
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Paleobiology54Paleontological SocietyAllen PressNot-for-profit$11.442.12Bad$100$55Yellow4 yearsNo
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Marine Ecology Progress Series58N/AInter-ResearchFor profit$11.442.12Bad$1,560$6,500BlueNo$ add-on
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Evolutionary Ecology61N/ASpringerFor profit$18.103.22Bad $- $3,000$991GreenNo$ add-on
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Theoretical Ecology69N/ASpringerFor profit$71.5619.1Bad$3,000$569GreenNo$ add-on
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Journal of Wildlife Management83Wildlife SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed see Wildlife Monographs $150$3,000$60White2 yearsNo
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Evolutionary Ecology Research114N/AEvolutionary Ecology LtdNot-for-profit$4.601.06Good $- N/A $77No (unrestricted after 12 months)N/A No
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Animal conservation2.7The Zoological Society of LondonWiley-BlackwellMixed$11.762.21Bad$- $3,000$171YellowNo$ add on
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Biological reviews10.3Cambridge Philosophical SocietyWiley-BlackwellFor profit$16.411.61Medium$- $3,000$529YellowNo$ add on
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Theoretical population biology1.2N/AElsevierFor profit$19.134.22Bad$- $2,200$551GreenNo$ add on
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Forest ecology & management2.8N/AElsevierFor profit$9.241.61Medium$- $3,300N/AGreenNo$ add on
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Basic & applied ecology2.7Gesellschaft für ÖkologieElsevierMixed$10.832Medium$81.00$3,000$225GreenNo$ add on
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Agriculture, ecosystems & environment2.9N/AElsevierFor profit$15.231.59Medium$- $3,300N/AGreenNo$ add on
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Ecological entomology2Royal Entomological SocietyWiley-BlackwellMixed$19.804.25Bad$- $3,000N/AYellowNo$ add on
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Fish and Fisheries5.9N/AWiley-BlackwellFor profit$47.724.96Bad$- $3,000$211YellowNo$ add on
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Biodiversity & conservation2.3N/ASpringerFor profit$14.531.69Medium$- $3,000N/AGreenNo$ add on
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BMC ecologyN/AN/ABMCFor profit$- 0GoodN/A$2,000N/AGreenN/AEntirely
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Metadata:
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Journal Title - self explanatory
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ISI Rank - a loose ranking based on my subjective merging of general science journals with ecology journals - of very limited value! (note last 10 are impact factor rather than rank)
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Society - the society that launched and directs the journal (I use a ~ on GEB/J Biogeography/Div & Distr because these have a post hoc weak affiliation with the International Biogeography Society)
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Profit status - my Folllow the Money dimension - one of not-for-profit, society sponsored but for profit publisher (called here "mixed"), and pure for-profit (as discussed in article, most factors especially price & price increase follow this dimension)
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$/article, price index and price category - all from http://www.journalprices.com/ by Ted Bergstrom and Preston McAfee (index and rating compare price to citation rate)(note how strongly good/medium/bad correlate with not-for-profit/mixed/for-profit)
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Author charge and open access fees - taken by me from publisher websites (note open access fees are the hybrid model if the open access column says "$ add-on" and gold-standard fee if it says "Entirely" (NB full price, non-member OA fees reported but some journals give discounts to members or students)
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PersSubsc - personal subcription fees (per year) taken by me from publisher web sites (note that journals vary widely in number of issues and pages which would need to be considered in a full analysis of this dimension) (NB: full price paper subscription reported - some but not all journals have discounts)
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NB - if you wan to assess total cost - look at the Library charge (as this is the dominant revenue source) except for the gold-standard open access journals in which case look at the OA fee
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Self-Archiving (aka Green OA) - taken from Sherpa/Romeo (http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/) which has an extensive database of self-archiving policies (NB: several errors have been found in this data so do look up your journal of interest directly on the journal website) (green=author can place polished PDF on own website, yellow means you can only archive the Word file that was accepted, Blue is between green and yellow and allows you to archive a Word file that has copyeditor changes - i.e. matches final word-for-word, and White means no archiving allowed
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Jstor - taken from JSTOR websites ("No" means publishers retain all access to and charge for historical archives), "x years" means there is a moving wall where issues older than x years are placed in Jstor (smaller is better)
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Open Access - taken from publisher websites ($ add-on=hybrid, Entirely=gold standard, NO = no open access option, but often JSTOR or free availability after 6-12 months provides a similar effect)
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