Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Ecological cycles are the various self-regulating processes that recycle the earth's limited resources - water, carbon, nitrogen, and other elements - that are essential to sustain life. The Eco Cycle strategy is based on these processes and is aimed at bringing about a society with non-toxic and resource-efficient cycles. Understanding how local cycles fit into global cycles is essential to make the best possible management decisions to maintain ecosystem health and productivity for now and the future. The European Ecocycles Society has been created by researchers studying these cycles, and the goal of this journal is to publish scientific results in this field.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Written by one of the editors without restrictions in size, subject, or style.

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Aquaponic Corner

Specific, science-centered opinions and comments on the new, ecocycle-based food production technology of aquaponics are published in this section. Full papers on the subject will be assigned to sections ART and REV.

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Articles

Standard academic articles on all issues around ecological cycles. Articles should usually be:

- between 4,000 and 8,000 words (not including references);

- otherwise follow the general guidelines.

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Review Articles

Reviews of policy, technical, regional, or other developments in ecological cycles will be considered by the Editors. They should:

- usually be between 2000 and 5000 words in length (not including references);

- aim to summarise and critique developments in a particular area;

- not be overly theoretical in nature;

- otherwise follow the general guidelines.

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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are

- selected for publication that are pertinent to material published in Ecocycles or that discuss problems of general interest.

- Letters are always reviewed.

- Those selected for publication are intended to reflect the range of opinions received.

- The author of a paper in question is usually given an opportunity to reply.

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Policy Papers

In this Section policy issues are evaluated and discussed

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News and Announcements

We are accepting submissions on an ongoing basis for our general issues.

Ecocycles is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic, academic journal on ecological cycles. The editorial board is made up of leading international scholars spanning diverse disciplines.

We are particularly interested in specific articles that have a wide scope and take sustainability as a central issue in their approach.

Ecocycles publishes electronically twice a year, in January and August. We accept submissions of papers, interviews, and book reviews on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Authors should carefully review the Online Submission and Author Guidelines before submitting their work.

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Book and Media Reviews

Ecocycles generally commissions reviews. If you wish to be considered as a book reviewer, or want to suggest a book for review, please contact the Editor in Chief. The review should:

- be no more than 2000 words in length (not including references);

- otherwise follow the general guidelines.

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Errata

Short correction of a published text will be accepted.

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Peer Review Process

  • International standards are followed: manuscripts are reviewed by an editor and at least two anonymous professional reviewers within circa four weeks. The Editor in Chief makes the decision of acceptance or rejection of the submitted manuscript.
  • The Editorial Board of ECOCYCLES has a zero tolerance on plagiarism policy. Plagiarism issues are checked by the reviewers and by the online Dupli Checker (duplichecker.com) tool.

 

Publication Frequency

Ecocycles will begin by publishing two issues a year aiming to become a quarterly journal. Individual papers will be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.

 

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. LICENCE: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication ethics statement

ECOCYCLES is committed to ethical standards. The editors of ECOCYCLES work hard to guarantee an unbiased, transparent, and fair peer review process and editorial decisions.

ECOCYCLES endorses the position statements developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010 for editors and authors (readable at http://publicationethics.org/resources/international-standards-for-editors-and-authors)