The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers, RGS-IBG) has launched its first fully open access journal entitled Geo: Geography and Environment. The journal is a partnership with John Wiley and Sons Inc. “We are extremely pleased to partner with Wiley to offer a journal that will be at the forefront of many of the exciting developments within geographical and environmental research” said Dr Catherine Souch, Head of Research and Higher Education at the RGS-IBG. “By offering an open access journal, the RGS-IBG is strengthening its commitment to publish and disseminate high-quality research reaching the widest possible audience.”
According to the press release, Geo will focus on publishing “peer-reviewed articles from across the spectrum of geographical and environmental enquiry. The journal will focus on work of international significance, and welcomes submissions that bring new understandings to geographical research agendas, advance the discipline, foster methodological development and address contemporary geographical issues.”
Submissions for the nascent journal will be accepted starting on July 24, 2014. The journal is co-edited by Professor Gail Davies, of the University of Exeter, and Professor Anson Mackay, of University College London. “Growing imperatives for openness in science present both exciting opportunities and significant challenges for research’, said Professor Davies, ‘Openness has many meanings and the ethos of open access is still at issue. The RGS-IBG is actively shaping these debates and I am delighted to be editing Geo.”
Since the journal is freely available, costs involved with its publication will be funded by publishing authors, institutions, and their funders. RGB-IBG already offers authors the ability to self-fund published articles with its journals Area, The Geographical Journal and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. Those self-funded articles are made immediately available for free to the public as a result.
The journal will publish articles under a choice of Creative Commons Licenses, enabling authors to be fully compliant with open access requirements of funding organizations where they apply. All articles will be published open access on Wiley Online Library, with a publication fee payable on acceptance of the article. Online ISSN: 2054-4049