, Volume 71, Issue 4, pp 425-426
Date: 08 Apr 2014

Annals of Forest Science changes its scope and complies with green open access rules

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The landscape for science editing in general, and particularly in the field of forest sciences, is changing at an accelerating pace. The Internet provides a huge number of new opportunities for disseminating scientific knowledge under diverse forms like databases, videos, short papers, additional material. There are many concerns in the scientific community about open access to research results. The European Commission for instance now requires that results produced with the financial support of European programs in the framework of Horizon 2020 should be published under an open-access scheme, unless there is a specific reason not to make them openly available (in the case of a “hot” innovation for instance).

Another concern arises from the observation that while the journals devoted to forest sciences (i.e., with “forest” or “forestry” in their title) published a majority of the papers devoted to forests up to the 1990s, this is no longer the case. A recent bibliometric survey covering ...

Handling Editor: Marianne Peiffer/Erwin Dreyer

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