Received: 01 August 2017
Accepted: 15 August 2017
Published: 28 August 2017
International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves 1(2) p. 1-3.
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This second volume of the journal builds on the momentum of our first issue, and if traffic to the website is any indicator, our outreach continues to expand. To date, we have had almost 2000 visitors to the website over an eight month period, with more traffic each month, and more visitors clicking on more than one article. We will continue to monitor the website and will provide a full analysis of our traffic in the next issue, as we will have a year of data to review.
On that, our third issue will focus on the work of UNESCO’s 170 University Chairs affiliated with the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. These Chairs promote “international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work” and we have issued a special call to highlight their work to our international and interdisciplinary readership. If you are a UNESCO Chair and are interested in publication, please consider publishing your work as a research article, note, case study, video, photo essay, or in any digital format. We look forward to your submissions.
The journal remains, in perpetuity, an interdisciplinary, digital, Open Access, subscription-free publication. This makes for more cost-effective publication, reduces the ecological footprint of the journal, and allows for full-colour/full-spectrum production across a range of digital formats. This new format is part of a wave of journals that are abandoning the confines of paper publications and embracing a digital future that includes video, audio, full-colour mapping, and interactive formats that are not limited by the challenges of publication costs and hard copy dissemination. This format also allows for a much shorter delay between submission and publication.
We look forward to working with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Chairs on the next issue and the global biosphere reserve community on future volumes. The deadline for submission of materials for the next issue is January 5th, 2018, for publication on January 31st, 2018.
The International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (ISSN: 2371-7890 Online) is published twice a year by VIU Press at Vancouver Island University 900 Fifth Street Nanaimo British Columbia Canada V9R 5S5.
Editorial Board of the International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves
Dr. Leah Barclay, Research Fellow, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Australia
Dr. Laura Loucks, Research Coordinator, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, Canada
Dr. Martin Price, Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development
and Director, Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland
Dr. Maureen Reed, Professor and Assistant Director, Academic of the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Lisen Schultz, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Dr. Pamela Shaw, Research Director Mt Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, Vancouver Island University, Canada
Taylor Alexander, Researcher, Editor, and Publication Coordinator, Mt Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute & VIU Press, Vancouver Island University, Canada
Dr. Martin Price
Dr. Pamela Shaw
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The International Journal of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves is a digital, Open Access, subscription-free publication. This makes for a more cost effective publication, reduces the ecological footprint of the journal, and allows for full-colour/full-spectrum production across range of digital formats.
This includes video, audio, full-colour mapping, and interactive formats that are not limited by conventional issues of publication costs and hard copy dissemination. This format also allows for a much shorter delay between submission and publication.
We fully support sharing scientific information and encouraging scientific literacy at no cost to our readers. We also respect the rights of our authors. While Open Access, our authors retain copyright to the materials and their work must be properly cited.
Our authors will not pay to publish in this journal: VIU Press funds the submission, editorial, review, and publication process. Our authors will not be charged any submission, publication, or processing fee.
This journal is organized to accept a range of formats: Research Papers, Research Notes, Case Studies, and all Digital Formats. The first are full-length academic articles that are peer reviewed and edited; the second are short summaries that are edited and provide a means of disseminating information on a wide range of topics; the third presents specific examples on projects and processes; and the final format is limited only by the creativity of our submitters – as a fully online journal, submissions can take any digital format.
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 Research Director Mt Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, Vancouver Island University