Ideas in Ecology and Evolution is a new open-access journal which “publishes only short forum-style articles that develop new ideas or that involve original commentaries on any topics within the broad domains of fundamental or applied ecology or evolution”. They also have an interesting review process:
Referees for Ideas in Ecology and Evolution are not anonymous; they are paid – not just for their reviewing services, but importantly, they are paid to forfeit their anonymity. In other words, in the event that the paper is published, payment of referees secures their consent to reveal their identities – directly within the published paper – as having refereed the paper. Referee identity is also revealed to authors of rejected papers. Referees must agree to these conditions in advance, before receiving the paper for review. This is done on-line, and the referee is paid upon receipt of the review.
The author pays for the review process and publication. It costs $400 to submit an article ($300 to pay two reviewers, $100 for the rest of the process) and an additional $300 upon acceptance. That’s the drawback of most open-access systems – that they require authors to incur substantial costs. Not that ‘closed-access‘ journals publish your articles for free…but it can still be a barrier for some authors. Granted, many of them are willing to waive their fees for authors who are unable to pay. I haven’t seen anything of the sort here, but that isn’t surprising in a journal this new.