Copyright and Open Access

Copyright and Open Access Policy

Plant Ecology and Evolution is published by two non-profit organizations dedicated to the understanding and conservation of plants biodiversity.

The journal content published after 1 January 2019 is in full Open Access.

- the content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (4.0 CC BY) allowing extensive dissemination and re-use (with appropriate credit to the authors and the original publisher)
- authors publish for free (no Article Processing Charges) and retain copyright of their articles
- readers access the online version of the content for free.

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 (4.0 CC BY):

"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."

The full legal code of the License is available here.

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 (Shenzhen Code) for valid publication of taxa names.

After publication, authors are allowed to archive/post any version of the manuscript (preprint, accepted manuscript and publisher’s pdf) on any repository or website, including on social networks.

Authors are encouraged:

- to post the publisher’s pdf (Version of Record) rather than other versions, as it is the final version of the article
- to use the DOI hyperlink to share and cite their paper.


Back issues (published before 1 January 2019)

The content of back issues (published before 1 January 2019) is subject to copyright. All rights are reserved. Permission of use must always be obtained from the Editor in chief. However, the individual reader can download one personal copy (pdf) of the article free of charge on Ingentaconnect. If you have questions about back issues or need permission for content of back issues, please contact the Editorial Office.