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1 EEF - Ecologie et Ecophysiologie Forestières 2 Unité Annales des Sciences Forestières 3 Equipe Ecologie Forestière LERFoB - Laboratoire d-Etudes des Ressources Forêt-Bois 4 LERFoB - Laboratoire d-Etudes des Ressources Forêt-Bois

Abstract : The landscape for science editing in general, and particularly in the field of forest sciences, is changing at an accelerating pace. The Internet provides a huge number of new opportu-nities for disseminating scientific knowledge under diverse forms like databases, videos, short papers, additional material. There are many concerns in the scientific community about open access to research results. The European Commission for instance now requires that results produced with the financial support of European programs in the framework of Horizon 2020 should be published under an open-access scheme, unless there is a specific reason not to make them openly available in the case of a -hot- innovation for instance. Another concern arises from the observation that while the journals devoted to forest sciences i.e., with -forest- or -forestry- in their title published a majority of the papers devoted to forests up to the 1990s, this is no longer the case. A recent bibliometric survey covering the years 2002–2012 revealed that less than 10 % of the papers dealing with some aspect of forests and forestry were actually published in journals devoted to the forest science area unpub

This shows the vitality of research activities on forests and the fact that forests are a wonderful field of investigation for ecolo-gists, economists, biologists, engineers, computation scien-tists, biometricians, etc. worth publishing in the best disciplin-ary journals. It also poses the difficult question of what are the actual added value and the specificity of journals devoted to forests and forestry as compared to more specialized journals in ecology, genetics, wood sciences, etc. For these reasons, Annals of Forest Science decided to change several aspects of its editorial policy. Annals of Forest Science now fully complies with the requirements of green open access. All papers published in Annals of Forest Science are now made freely available under

Autor: Erwin Dreyer - Marianne Peiffer - Jean-Daniel Bontemps - Jean-Michel Leban -



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