Journal of Ethnobiology

Journal of Ethnobiology publishes manuscripts based on original research in all areas of ethnobiology, the interdisciplinary study of past and present relationships between humans and their biological worlds.

Journal of Ethnobiology publication turnaround times

What is the typical length of time from submission to publication in the Journal of Ethnobiology?

The Journal’s overriding goal is to move papers through the system as quickly as possible. For high-quality submissions with positive reviewer responses, authors can expect 2–3 months from submission to final acceptance. Here is a summary of the general process:

  • Within a week of on-line submission, the Editors conduct an initial review to decide if the paper be will sent out for external review or sent back to the authors either as a final rejection or with ideas on how to improve before re-submitting.
  • If moved to external review, the paper is then immediately assigned to one of our editors, depending on the topic.
  • Reviewers (2–3) are generally given 4 weeks to complete the review. Soon after the reviews are back, the Chief Editor makes a decision on major or minor revisions or rejection.

In cases where the initial submission needs considerable work, there can be an extended review process. At the Journal of Ethnobiology we are committed to diversifying the voices of ethnobiology. This means going the extra distance to help young scholars, scholars for whom English is not their first language, or researchers who do not have access to the training needed to produce high-quality academic publications. Thus, unlike other high-calibre journals that might reject papers outright or after one round of revisions, we often work extensively with our authors to produce a quality product that they and the Journal can be proud of. In some cases, this conversation can span multiple submissions and a few years. How, then, should we calculate turnaround times for those cases?

A worrying trend among academic journals is to give a “reject and resubmit” decision for all papers—no matter how minimal or extensive the revisions required. By requesting a “new submission”, journals can improve their statistics vis à vis handling times. That is, this process allows them to print very short turnaround times from submission of the now much revised paper, to publication.

At the Journal of Ethnobiology, we are not interested in playing with these optics. We would rather focus on producing the highest quality ethnobiological journal that we can. To us, that means producing a socially-just journal that is diverse, scholarly, and has wide-reaching impact—giving each article the time it needs.

– The proud Editors of the Journal of Ethnobiology