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Royal Botanical Society of Belgium

Botanic Garden Meise

- Copyright and Self-archival policy -

Our policy is that authors do not have to pay to contribute to our journal, and that individual readers can access the online content for free on the publishing platform. However, re-use and wide open distribution are restricted, as explained below.

For general users

Plant Ecology and Evolution is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved. Permission of use must always be obtained from the Editor in chief.

Readers can access papers published at no charge on Ingentaconnect website. The reader can individually download one copy of the paper’s pdf for his/her personal use; posting this pdf on another website is prohibited, and considered as copyright infringement. If readers wish to share the paper with colleagues, they are welcome to use the “share content” options on Ingentaconnect, or to use the Digital Object Identifier hyperlink of the paper.

For authors

Prior to submission, authors should verify that the copyright and self-archival policy of the journal is compatible with the policies of their institutions and research funders (e.g. Open Access mandate). Authors do not have to pay any fee to publish in our journal: no page/colour charges, no submission fees, no Article Processing Charges fees (publication fee).

Before publication, authors are not allowed to self-archive any version of the manuscript. This requirement prevents ethical issues such as public disclosure of results during peer-review and duplicate publication issues; it prevents also non-conformity with rules of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code) for valid publication of taxa names.

After peer-review and upon acceptance of the manuscript, authors will be asked to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement with the co-publishers of Plant Ecology and Evolution. This Agreement contains permissions of use and self-archiving options for different versions of the manuscript.

Self-archiving policy (“green Open Access”)

Submitted manuscript (“preprint”)

After publication, the author is allowed to self-archive the submitted manuscript (preprint) on the author’s personal intranet page, or in the institutional intranet repository of the author’s institution/employer, with appropriate credit and acknowledgement of primary publication in the journal Plant Ecology and Evolution.

Accepted manuscript (“postprint”)

After publication, the author is allowed to self-archive the accepted manuscript (peer-reviewed and accepted, but not final) on the author’s personal website, in the institutional repository of the author’s institution/employer, and in some non-profit repositories such as PubMed Central, with appropriate credit and acknowledgement of primary publication in the journal Plant Ecology and Evolution.

Published version

The published version is the final version of the paper, as published in the journal Plant Ecology and Evolution, with final corrections and layout (“Version of Record”, “pubprint”).

Posting the published version on the Internet or institutional repositories is not allowed. However, the journal provides additional permissions for re-use of this version:

- the author is allowed to send or transmit individual copies of the published version (pdf, physical paper reprints) to colleagues upon their individual request, provided no fee is charged; any automated or systematic distribution is prohibited (such as posting the published version on a server, on a social network, through a mailing list…);

- the author is allowed to re-use material from his/her paper in another work authored by him/her, provided he/she mentions explicitly that this material was primarily published in Plant Ecology and Evolution, and presents a full bibliographic citation of the primary paper; if any modifications were made on the material, the author must state these modifications explicitly in the work;

- the author is allowed to include material contained in the published version in teaching or training activities at the author’s institution, provided he/she mentions explicitly that this material was primarily published in Plant Ecology and Evolution.

Final metadata

The author is encouraged to promote his work by registering the final metadata of the paper in his/her list(s) of publications (including on social networks), in institutional repository of the author’s institution/employer and in some non-profit repositories such as PubMed Central. In such cases, the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) hyperlink should be provided, ensuring linking to the published version. The abstract can be provided as well, except on social networks.

Gold Open Access

As Open Access mandates are very different from one institution/funding agency to another, the co-publishers of Plant Ecology and Evolution opted for the self-archiving policy mentioned above to accommodate author’s needs as much as possible.

If your institution/funding agency cannot agree to copyright transfer or requires specific licenses for wide re-use (e.g. Creative Commons), we may advise you to look for another outlet more suitable to your needs, e.g. in a full open access journal or in a hybrid journal offering full open access options.

Print ISSN: 2032-3913; Online ISSN: 2032-3921 © Botanic Garden Meise and Royal Botanical Society of Belgium.