Open access and entomology!

Entomology open access!!!

The journal Insects is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal of entomology published quarterly by MDPI online, with a physical location in Basel, Switzerland. The managing editor is physically located in Beijing, China. Insects publishes review articles, research papers, and short communications of entomological research. Topics addressed include biology, physiology, and behavior of insects and closely related arthropods.

The scope of this journal includes, but is not limited to: basic and applied entomology; biology, physiology, and ecology of insects; insect classification and taxonomy; reproduction and development of insects; evolution of insects; insects and public health; insects and environment; insects and plants; and pest management. Basically, this journal covers the spectrum of entomology and seeks to address as many facets of entomology as possible. It is a journal that can be helpful to any and all entomologists.

In regards to open access, the journal gives the following statement: “Articles published in Insects will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The copyright is retained by the author(s). MDPI will insert the following note at the end of the published text:

© 2017 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).”

In addition, the website gives an ethics statement explaining that although there is a rigorous peer-review process and although the editors work their hardest to ensure that plagiarism does not occur, it still happens. This is not a flaw in open access. Open access journals are just as meticulous and scholarly as any other journal outlet.

As a scientist, I am a full supporter of the open access movement. Now that I know much more about the concept, I plan to pursue publishing in open access journals as often as I can. It really only makes sense, and if we want our research to reach and help as many people as possible, it really is the way to go.