Max Reuter, Editor-in-Chief at JEB, Professor at University College London
We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Evolutionary Biology will move to Oxford University Press as publisher, starting in January 2024. JEB will follow its sister journal Evolution Letters, co-owned by ESEB and SSE, which runs on a different contract schedule and already switched to OUP at the beginning of 2023.
JEB’s move comes after careful consideration by the society and a lengthy process of evaluating offers and negotiating the contract. While we have been served well by our current publisher, Wiley, we feel that the society’s interests and ideals are better aligned with the spirit of OUP, a smaller not-for-profit company. OUP has a strong track record of academic publishing and counts many society journals among its roster — including several leading journals in our field. We are looking forward to collaborating with OUP during this new chapter in the JEB’s history and hope that our author- and readership will share our excitement.
Much work is already underway behind the scenes to prepare the transition and make it as seamless as possible. Article submission will continue to be through ScholarOne, but in preparation for the first issues to be published by OUP accepted articles will be routed to the new publisher from mid-October this year. ESEB will continue to run the journal’s editorial office in-house, providing dedicated support for our authors. Similarly, benefits for ESEB members will carry through the transition. Free access to the journal will be switched to OUP at the start of the new year and large discounts on Open Access fees will be offered as before.