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SPARC announces new partnership  Peter Suber
 Mar 22, 2002 09:49 PST 
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For Immediate Release
March 22, 2002

For more information, contact:
Alison Buckholtz, 202-296-2296 x115
or ali-@arl.org


SPARC COLLABORATION WITH JOURNAL OF VEGETATION SCIENCE
SUPPORTS RESEARCHER-DRIVEN PUBLISHING

Affordable Alternative Journal Surpasses Established Title

Washington, DC - SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
Coalition) today announced its partnership with the Journal of Vegetation
Science (JVS). JVS, founded in 1989, is the official organ of the
International Association for Vegetation Science and is published by Opulus
Press, a researcher-founded independent publisher based in Sweden. It
competes with the commercially-published Plant Ecology (formerly Vegetatio).

The editorial board of Vegetatio resigned en masse in 1989, dissatisfied
with the high price of the commercial journal. JVS, the new journal owned
by the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), was
launched in 1990. Most of the former Vegetatio editors joined the Board of
JVS. JVS is published by Opulus Press, which describes itself as an
"alternative high-tech, low-profit publishing house serving the
international community by offering high-quality scientific literature at
low prices." JVS was Opulus Press' first offering; today it publishes five
other ecological journals affiliated with scientific societies.

JVS, which is indexed in Current Contents and the Science Citation Index,
has surpassed Plant Ecology in ISI's citation indexes. JVS's 2000 impact
factor is 1.589, and in ISI's subject category for plant sciences JVS
ranked 29th of 137 journals in 2000, when sorted by impact factor. Plant
Ecology, the competitor from which most of the editorial board resigned in
1989 to join JVS, has a 2000 impact factor of 0.822. It ranked 68th of 137
journals in 2000, when sorted by impact factor.

JVS is available electronically for an institutional subscription fee of
USD $350 per year, while library subscriptions to Plant Ecology cost $2384
(with the combined paper and online versions available at a cost of an
additional 20 percent). Currently nearly 900 individuals and more than 400
libraries subscribe to JVS.

"When I decided as editor-in-chief of Vegetatio to leave that journal, I
was encouraged by the overwhelming support from both editors and authors
for a new society-owned journal," said Eddy van der Marel, a founding
editor of JVS and emeritus professor at Uppsala University in
Sweden. "This atmosphere of community cooperation is still with JVS, and
contributes to its success in attracting prestigious authors."

"The Journal of Vegetation Science is an outstanding example of a
researcher-founded, researcher-published journal that, with time and
community support, has proven itself," said Rick Johnson, SPARC Enterprise
Director. "Today JVS is a viable, affordable, and more prestigious
alternative to a title many libraries and researchers consider too expensive."

The Journal of Vegetation Science publishes papers on all aspects of
vegetation science, with particular emphasis on papers that develop new
concepts or methods, test theory, identify general patterns, or that
otherwise are likely to interest a broad readership. It accepts original
papers (including shorter ones), reviews, forum contributions and reports.
It also commissions reviews of selected books.

Papers may focus on any aspect of vegetation science including theory,
methodology, spatial patterns (including plant geography and landscape
ecology), temporal changes (including palaeoecology and demography),
processes (including ecophysiology), and description of ecological
communities (by phytosociological or other methods), provided the focus is
on increasing understanding of plant communities. Papers with a more
applied focus may be directed to JVS' sister journal, Applied Vegetation
Science, which is also indexed in Current Contents and the Science Citation
Index.

When JVS was founded in 1989, IAVS, in cooperation with Opulus Press,
launched a Global Fund to adopt members in less developed countries and
support their subscriptions to the journal. The Global Fund, seeded with
yearly revenues and personal contributions from members, has now adopted
more than 40 members in eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and
China. With each new paid subscription, the Global Fund continues to grow.

###

SPARC is a coalition of research universities and libraries supporting
increased competition in scholarly publishing. Its membership currently
numbers approximately 200 institutions and library consortia in North
America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. SPARC Europe, a regionally
focused initiative, is being rolled out throughout 2002. SPARC is also
affiliated with major library organizations in Canada, the U.K. and
Ireland, Denmark, Australia and the USA. SPARC is located on the web at
<http://www.arl.org/sparc>http://www.arl.org/sparc; SPARC Europe is located
on the web at <http://www.sparceurope.org>http://www.sparceurope.org.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Alison Buckholtz, Associate Enterprise Director
SPARC--The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
21 Dupont Circle, Ste. 800
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Ph: 202 296 2296 x115 Fx: 202 872 0884
ali-@arl.org <http://www.arl.org/sparc>http://www.arl.org/sparc
http://www.sparceurope.org




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For Immediate Release <br>
March 22, 2002 <br><br>
For more information, contact: <br>
Alison Buckholtz, 202-296-2296 x115 <br>
or <u>ali-@arl.org <br><br>
<br>
</u><b>SPARC COLLABORATION WITH <i>JOURNAL OF VEGETATION SCIENCE <br>
</i>SUPPORTS RESEARCHER-DRIVEN PUBLISHING <br><br>
<i>Affordable Alternative Journal Surpasses Established Title 
<br><br>
</i>Washington, DC</b> - SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic
Resources Coalition) today announced its partnership with the <i>Journal
of Vegetation Science </i>(JVS).  JVS, founded in 1989, is the
official organ of the International Association for Vegetation Science
and is published by Opulus Press, a researcher-founded independent
publisher based in Sweden.  It competes with the
commercially-published <i>Plant Ecology</i> (formerly <i>Vegetatio</i>).
<br><br>
The editorial board of <i>Vegetatio</i> resigned en masse in 1989,
dissatisfied with the high price of the commercial journal.  JVS,
the new journal owned by the International Association for Vegetation
Science (IAVS), was launched in 1990. Most of the former <i>Vegetatio
</i>editors joined the Board of JVS.  JVS is published by Opulus
Press, which describes itself as an "alternative high-tech,
low-profit publishing house serving the international community by
offering high-quality scientific literature at low prices." JVS was
Opulus Press' first offering; today it publishes five other ecological
journals affiliated with scientific societies. <br><br>
JVS, which is indexed in Current Contents and the Science Citation Index,
has surpassed <i>Plant Ecology</i> in ISI's citation indexes.  JVS's
2000 impact factor is 1.589, and in ISI's subject category for plant
sciences JVS ranked 29th of 137 journals in 2000, when sorted by impact
factor. <i>Plant Ecology</i>, the competitor from which most of the
editorial board resigned in 1989 to join JVS, has a 2000 impact factor of
0.822.  It ranked 68th of 137 journals in 2000, when sorted by
impact factor. <br><br>
JVS is available electronically for an institutional subscription fee of
USD $350 per year, while library subscriptions to <i>Plant Ecology</i>
cost $2384 (with the combined paper and online versions available at a
cost of an additional 20 percent).  Currently nearly 900 individuals
and more than 400 libraries subscribe to JVS. <br><br>
"When I decided as editor-in-chief of <i>Vegetatio </i>to leave that
journal, I was encouraged by the overwhelming support from both editors
and authors for a new society-owned journal," said Eddy van der
Marel, a founding editor of JVS and emeritus professor at Uppsala
University in Sweden.  "This atmosphere of community
cooperation is still with JVS, and contributes to its success in
attracting prestigious authors." <br><br>
"The <i>Journal of Vegetation Science</i> is an outstanding example
of a researcher-founded, researcher-published journal that, with time and
community support, has proven itself," said Rick Johnson, SPARC
Enterprise Director. "Today JVS is a viable, affordable, and more
prestigious alternative to a title many libraries and researchers
consider too expensive." <br><br>
The <i>Journal of Vegetation Science</i> publishes papers on all aspects
of vegetation science, with particular emphasis on papers that develop
new concepts or methods, test theory, identify general patterns, or that
otherwise are likely to interest a broad readership. It accepts original
papers (including shorter ones), reviews, forum contributions and
reports. It also commissions reviews of selected books. <br><br>
Papers may focus on any aspect of vegetation science including theory,
methodology, spatial patterns (including plant geography and landscape
ecology), temporal changes (including palaeoecology and demography),
processes (including ecophysiology), and description of ecological
communities (by phytosociological or other methods), provided the focus
is on increasing understanding of plant communities. Papers with a more
applied focus may be directed to JVS' sister journal, <i>Applied
Vegetation Science, </i>which is also indexed in Current Contents and the
Science Citation Index. <br><br>
When JVS was founded in 1989, IAVS, in cooperation with Opulus Press,
launched a Global Fund to adopt members in less developed countries and
support their subscriptions to the journal.  The Global Fund, seeded
with yearly revenues and personal contributions from members, has now
adopted more than 40 members in eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America and
China.  With each new paid subscription, the Global Fund continues
to grow. <br><br>
### <br><br>
SPARC is a coalition of research universities and libraries supporting
increased competition in scholarly publishing.  Its membership
currently numbers approximately 200 institutions and library consortia in
North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  SPARC Europe, a
regionally focused initiative, is being rolled out throughout 2002. 
SPARC is also affiliated with major library organizations in Canada, the
U.K. and Ireland, Denmark, Australia and the USA.  SPARC is located
on the web at
<a href="http://www.arl.org/sparc"><u>http://www.arl.org/sparc</a></u>;
SPARC Europe is located on the web at
<a href="http://www.sparceurope.org"><u>http://www.sparceurope.org</a></u>.
<br><br>
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ <br>
Alison Buckholtz, Associate Enterprise Director <br>
SPARC--The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition <br>
21 Dupont Circle, Ste. 800 <br>
Washington, DC  20036  USA <br>
Ph: 202 296 2296 x115  Fx: 202 872 0884 <br>
ali-@arl.org 
<a href="http://www.arl.org/sparc">http://www.arl.org/sparc</a> 
<a href="http://www.sparceurope.org/" eudora="autourl">http://www.sparceurope.org</a>
<br><br>


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