Open Access Journal (Required Post #2)

Journal of Insect Science:

Find the journal here: http://jinsectscience.oxfordjournals.org/

The Journal of Insect Science is an “international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal” that publishes papers on the biology and cultural impacts of insects and other arthropods.The Journal of Insect Science was founded with support from the University of Arizona library in 2001 by Dr. Henry Hagedorn, who served as editor-in-chief until his death in January, 2014. The Entomological Society of America then added the Journal of Insect Science to its publishing portfolio in 2014. This journal is currently published by the Entomological Society of America, one of the primary authorities of entomological research, both domestically and internationally.

I found this open access journal through the Entomological Society of America website, one of the most popular news sites in our discipline. The Journal of Insect Science is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes papers on all aspects of insects and arthropods. Specifically, this journal features entomological research relating to conservation biology, agriculture and medical practices.

This journal aims to disseminate their publications as widely as possible.  The scope as advertised is wide; and covers subjects related to biology (molecular-ecological), as well as insect-related agricultural and medical research.

The Journal of Insect Science does not elaborate on open access on its website, but the publication company, Oxford University Press claims support “sustainable open access business models and regularly report on our findings, both to our partners and the wider academic community.” The Oxford University Press website also claims that they were the first publisher to transition a mature journal to the open access format. Today, they publish nine fully open access journals.

I often refer to this source to stay up to date with the latest insect-related news.  It’s a credible source with a wide reach, a sure sign of the numerous benefits of the open-access model.

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