The Editorial Board of The Canadian Entomologist (TCE) welcomes the comments that we receive from readers and authors. We take these comments seriously and implement appropriate changes when possible. We are pleased to announce three such changes that will further improve the speed, quality and flexibility of the service provided by TCE.
- Simplified submission requirement. Authors previously were required to submit papers with abstracts in both French and in English. Although they can still do so, authors now need only submit an abstract in the language of the submitted paper; i.e., French or English. This change eliminates delays associated with having abstracts translated, which will accelerate manuscript publication.
- New open access option. Although TCE has no page charges, there has always been a subscription fee. As of 2014, authors now have the option of paying a one-time open access (OA) fee. Payment of the OA fee makes articles freely available as soon as they are published online to anyone with internet access.
- More content. Elimination of page charges has increased submissions to the journal, with a consequence increase in the number of papers being accepted for publication. In response, TCE is expanding its content by 10%. This equates to an annual increase of 72 pages, or approximately 1-2 additional papers per issue.
In addition to the above changes, there are several other items that may be of interest. ‘Instructions to Authors’ were revised in March of this year. Revisions include instructions for the submission of ‘Supplementary Material’ and a link to third-party services that specialize in language editing.
You also may wish to read “Open access, predatory publishers, The Canadian Entomologist, and you”. This article appears in the Bulletin of the ESC (Sept. 2013, p. 131), and examines issues that should be interest to anyone publishing in scientific journals.
In closing, we note that Dr. Chris Buddle (McGill University, Montreal, QC) will be completing his tenure as Editor-in-Chief this fall. Dr. Kevin Floate (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, AB) is the incoming Editor-in-Chief.
We thank you, the authors and readers, for making TCE an ongoing success.