Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

This multi-disciplinary Journal aims at promoting all areas of pure and applied ecology (plant, animal, microbial and human ecology) and environmental science (including environmental pollution, conservation, natural resource management, sustainable development, global change, climate change -impacts, mitigation and adaptation, ecological economics, environmental policy and law). The scope of the journal is quite broad to cover ecological research from population to landscape level, and both terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater and marine) habitats, and all aspects of environmental conservation and management.

The Journal publishes Original Research Papers, Reviews on topics of current interest (usually by invitation), Short Communications, View-points and Commentaries, and Book Reviews. Special issues, based on specific themes, are published at the suggestion of the members of the Editorial Board and conveners of international symposia and conferences. Case studies of environmental problems and their management in different countries or regions, and reports of recent conferences are also published.

 

Section Policies

Review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communication

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentary

Usually invited by the editors

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Only by invitation - offered book reviews not considered

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Opinion

Invited, short articles on a topic of current interest

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All contributionssubmitted to the Journal for publication are peer reviewed fortheir suitability by at least two researchers in the relevant field before their acceptance. However, the Editors check the submissions first for its relevance to the Journal and compliance with the guidelines. Submissions failing to meet the guidelines OR falling outside the scope of the Journal are rejected without review.

 

Publication Frequency

the journal is published bi-monthly in February, April, June, August, October and December each year. Six issues make one volume per year. Effective 2022 (vol. 48), papers are published on line as soon as these are finalised and proof-read, without assigning an issue number, but continuously paginated.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Declaration by Authors

In view of many unethical and incomplete submissions, and some cases of plagiarism/self-plagiarism, and other submission related problems , we are strengthening the submission process and request all authors to submit a mandatory Declaration in the prescribed format. It can be downloaded from Vol. 44, no. 1, 2018 OR click Here.

 

Policy on Ethics in Publication

The International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences follows a well-defined Policy on Ethics in Publication. Following are the basic elements:

  • Authorship: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the reported study. Each author’s contribution must be clearly spelled out at the end of Acknowledgement section. The order of authorship should be discussed among the authors before online submission. No change in the order or names (deletion, addition or replacement) of authors is not permitted under any circumstances after first submission. All authors’ signature is mandatory on the declaration.
  • Originality and Plagiarism: The authors are responsible for the originality of their contribution, and any material (text or figures or tables) used from the published or unpublished work of others, must be appropriately cited or quoted, and required permissions from the copyright owner must be obtained and declared. Any case of plagiarism will be reported to the authors’ institutions and funding agencies.
  • Data Availability: The editors reserve the right to ask the authors to provide the raw data used in the paper, if necessary. It is advisable to make such data publicly and freely available.
  • Multiple and Concurrent Publication: The Journal does not accept manuscripts which are essentially a duplicate publication of the material published elsewhere except that the abstracts in conference proceedings and academic theses are not considered as prior or duplicate publication. The authors must declare at the time of submission that the manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted to another journal, is not under consideration in another publication, and shall not been submitted elsewhere without notice for withdrawal from this journal.
  • Acknowledgement: Institutions where the work was carried out or where the facilities were used, and all sources of financial assistance must be acknowledged.
  • Conflicts of Interest: All submissions should include at the end of the Acknowledgement section all potential conflicts of interest.
  • Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects: The authors must state in their declaration that they have complied with the national/international regulations concerning the use of chemicals, procedures or equipment with potential hazards and the study involves the use of animal or human subjects, if so applicable.
  • Errata/Corrigenda and Retraction: If the authors discover genuine errors after publication, due to oversight of the authors or editors, the Journal will publish an Erratum/Corrigendum as soon as the error is reported to the journal. 
    If the journal discovers or receives verifiable information about the misconduct on the part of the authors (such as in respect of plagiarism, data fabrication, copyright violation, dispute among authors, etc), the Journal will issue retraction of the publication.



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