Modern Phytomorphology: An experience of Open Access publishing from Ukraine

According to our statistic, one of the most popular pages of the Global Botanical Portal is “Scientific Journals“. So we are going to pay special attention to the site as well as to inform you in details about some new and popular periodical editions. Today, thanks to Dr. Andriy V. Novikov, we talk about the scientific journal “Modern Phytomorphology” as an successful experience of Open Access publishing from Ukraine.20180130_202618.jpg

Modern Phytomorphology is a botanical journal established in 2011 in Lviv, Ukraine. First idea of the journal was to publish extended proceedings of the conference on plant morphology, which held also in Lviv. However already in 2012 the aim of the journal was revised, and independent articles were accepted. In 2014 when economical crisis came to Ukraine, the journal was faced with a challenge since the conference was terminated and there simply were no money to print the next issue of the journal. Perhaps the solution was found in change of global strategy. From the beginning, the journal was published as an Open Access and was accessible for free from a web. But printing of hard copies was an essential and most cost-consuming part of publishing process. Therefore in 2015 the editorial team decided to switch existing model onto online publishing and to concentrate on developing of new online platform. Since, in 2016 the new website built on WordPress and integrated with Open Journal System CMS was introduced for public.27400334_1682439145145995_1755114531_n

The new strategy allowed not only to save money, but also to reconsider a global idea of scientific publishing. Such crucial changes were applied as continues publishing; online submission, review and status tracking system; free DOI identifiers from Zenodo; interactive pdfs instead of standard files; white space concept in visual design, application of combined open fonts, and many others. In total about 50 small and big changes and correction were applied to the journal during 2016-2017. Such reformation of the journal was supported by Fulbright foundation, which provided Andriy Novikov, a founder and editor of the journal, with one year grant.

As a result of six years of work, recently Modern Phytomorphology was included in Emerging Source Citation Index of Clarivate Analytics. It is also indexed and abstracted in several other databases, including CABI, CNKI Scholar, DOAJ, EBSCOhost, OpenAIRE, POL-Index and others. The journal still has no impact factor scores and is not included into the Scopus databases; however this is also one of the main targets for the future and among the main reasons for work on its further development. Interesting is also the fact that the journal is not listed in a set of specialized Ukrainian scientific journals, because of current contraventions in Ukrainian law regulations. Nevertheless, the team of Modern Phytomorphology hopes that this will be changed in the near future.

Just to finish, Modern Phytomorphology publishes all papers for free, without any charges. The journal invites authors of wide interests to publish their scientific outcomes and contributions of any size and structure. It accepts monographs, research and review articles, as well as short communications and scientific datasets. Accepted papers are publishing online just after their evaluation and technical processing, so authors do not need to wait until the volume will be ready. More information on requirements for manuscripts you can find on this page.


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