Copyright and Open Access

Open access policy

Plant Ecology and Evolution is a diamond open access journal. Providing immediate and unrestricted open access accelerates discovery and exchange of the latest research and creates a more equitable system of knowledge that is open to all. The publication of the journal is supported by two non-profit organisations, Meise Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium, and we therefore charge no publication fees.

Content published from 2018 onwards is available directly from the website. Content from before that date is freely available on Ingentaconnect.

Copyright notice

The content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) allowing extensive dissemination and re-use (with appropriate credit to the authors and the original publisher), and authors retain the copyright of their work.

Anyone is free to:
Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Authors are not allowed to publicly share a preprint or self-archive any version of the manuscript before or during the peer review process. This requirement prevents ethical issues such as the public disclosure of results during peer review or duplicate publication. It also prevents non-conformity with the rules of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants for valid publication of taxa names.

After peer review and upon acceptance of the manuscript, authors will be asked to sign a publication agreement to allow primary publication of the manuscript in Plant Ecology and Evolution. In this publication agreement, authors confirm that they agree with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) and its full legal code.

After publication, authors are allowed to share any version of the manuscript on any repository or website, including social networks. Authors are however encouraged to share the publisher’s pdf (version of record) rather than other versions, as it is the final version of the paper. Authors should use the DOI to share and cite their publication.

The content published before 1 January 2019 is subject to copyright and all rights are reserved. Prior consent of the editor in chief is required before use of the published material. Contact the editorial office for more information.