Arctic Science - an NRC Research Press Open Access Journal

December 04, 2014

Arctic Science will be on exhibit at Arctic Net's international Arctic Change 2014 conference, taking place December 8-12, 2014 in Ottawa.

We're very excited to announce the launch of Arctic Science, our first fully open-access journal. 

This journal will maintain the high-quality editorial standards of our other NRC Research Press journals, while providing free, immediate public access to the final published article. And, for an introductory period, article processing charges in Arctic Science will be waived!

As collaborative, international scientific discovery and research in the Arctic is becoming ever more critical, our team identified an immediate need for an interdisciplinary Canadian‐based, openly accessible, science journal focused specifically on this region.

The interdisciplinary approach will allow researchers to easily share and discover the broad range of studies being conducted in Arctic regions and to therefore have a more complete understanding of all the issues affecting the area and its people. For policymakers, the journal will be a source for them to make informed decisions.

"When we first discussed this possible new journal, my reaction was, “why don't we already have such a journal?” The subject matter embraces many areas of interest to Canadian researchers and those from other northern areas of the world, and it fits well in the current stable of NRC Research Press journals. Over the past decade or so, there has been increasing interest in the Arctic, from scientists and citizens around the world. Human-induced climate change has become of concern to most people and nations, and it has particular relevance to the Arctic and species found there, from large animals like polar bears to the phyto- and zoo plankton of the Arctic Ocean..." Bruce Dancik, Editor-in-Chief of the NRC Research Press journals.

This new journal  is led by Editor, Dr. Greg Henry (University of British Columbia), along with the first Associate Editors Trevor Bell (Memorial University); David Hik (University of Alberta); Scott Lamoureux (Queen’s University); and Warwick Vincent (Université Laval). 

Arctic Science's first Editor, Dr. Greg Henry, has published over 70 papers and reports and supervised and mentored over 80 students. His research focuses on effects of environmental change on tundra ecosystems and includes studies of experimental climate change, permafrost disturbances, grazing and vegetation change in forest-tundra and near Arctic communities. He was a founding member and recent Chair of the International Tundra Experiment (ITEX), and was the leader of one of the largest projects (CiCAT) in the Canadian International Polar Year program. He was also a founding member and is a project leader in ArcticNet. 
 
Arctic Science JournalThis interdisciplinary journal will publish original peer-reviewed research from all areas of natural science and applied science & engineering related to northern Polar Regions. With a focus on basic and applied science including the traditional knowledge and observations of the indigenous peoples of the region as well as cutting-edge developments in biological, chemical, physical and engineering science in all northern environments. Reports on interdisciplinary research are encouraged. 

If you happen to be at ArcticChange 2014 next week in Ottawa, join us Wednesday afternoon at Booth #4 for our launch party (there will be cake!). We also have some really great swag to give away. So, please stop by. 

Why an open access journal?

Open Access has significantly changed the scholarly publishing landscape in recent years. The fundamental principle of making the products of research as widely available and accessible as possible is one we firmly support. There are a variety of ways to achieve open access and we aim to provide flexible, convenient and affordable options for authors, and users, of the research we publish.

Since 1929, our goal has been to provide a quality Canadian outlet for the publication of research and to put Canadian science on a global stage. An open access platform for Arctic Science is particularly appealing as it will ensure the widest possible reach and quick and easy access for Canadian and international researchers, policy makers, as well as communities impacted by changes in the North.

We know that deciding where and how to publish as new publishing options become available and funding requirements change can be a significant challenge. So we’re working on ways to help guide our authors through the process. Please visit http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/page/open-access/about for further information about our Open Access initiatives and support for research communities.

Soon, we plan to take it a step further by creating a high-quality, open access, multi-disciplinary -- and uniquely Canadian --publishing platform. We are in the beginning stages of development and are working with stakeholders from research and publishing communities in Canada to build a comprehensive, sustainable, open access platform that serves the needs of Canadian (and international) researchers and respects the fundamental principles of open access. 2015 will be an exciting year of progress and change, stay tuned for more news about another new open access project, coming soon.


Learn more about our new open access journal on the  Arctic Science website.
Arctic Science is on Twitter @ArcticScienceJ and Facebook

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