Our new publisher

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.