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  • 1. Sue Silver, PhD Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Ecological Society of AmericaNew Frontiers for ESA ThroughInternational Outreach Society for Scholarly Publishing Baltimore, May 2009
  • 2. Ecological Society of America•Introduction to ESA•International connections•ESA journals in China•China workshops
  • 3. Ecological Society of AmericaØ Founded in 1915Ø Over 9,900 membersØ Programs include: • Science • Education and Diversity • Public Affairs • Annual Meetings • Publications
  • 4. ESA’ purpose s•Unify the science of ecology•Stimulate research in all aspects of the science•Encourage communication among ecologists•Promote responsible application of ecological data and principles to the solution of environmental problems
  • 5. Overseas members•1917 21 Members outside the USA (Canada, Philippines, British Guiana, Panama Canal Zone, Sweden•2008 About 20% of members from 90+ countries
  • 6. Chapters and sectionsInternational chapters:Ø Mexico chapterØ Canada chapterØ Latin American chapterInternational sectionsØ Asian Ecology sectionØ International Affairs section
  • 7. Federation of the AmericasEstablished in 2003, to•Foster the science of ecology•Improve communications among those involved in ecological sciences in the Americas•Improve dissemination of current ecological knowledge across the continent•Collaborate on actions to improve capacity building
  • 8. Federation of the AmericasFederation Members:Canadian Society for Ecology and EvolutionEcological Society of AmericaEcological Society of ArgentinaEcological Society of ChileMexico Society of EcologyEcological Society of PeruBrazilian Ecological Association
  • 9. ESA publications
  • 10. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • 11. ESA publicationsFrontiers International content
  • 12. ESA PublicationsFrontiers•Translation of special issues•China Special Issue•Globalization Special Issue
  • 13. ESA publicationsFrontiers International news
  • 14. ESA journals in ChinaIn 2005, through Charlesworth China, ESA signs agreement with China’ National Science and Technology Library s (NSTL)Advantages• One agreement, not library by library• Publications available to 400 libraries (maybe 10–20 % using fully)• Low cost print sales to second tier institutions and colleges• Full price print sales through existing channels
  • 15. Why China?•1.3 billion people in China (300 mil. in the US)•Over 20 million students•1800 universities and 3900 research institutes•Every year, 20% increase in Chinese going into higher education•Requirements to publish in high-impact, international journals
  • 16. Why China?•Key area for sales and growth•Increase in Chinese authors and content from the country of value to Western readers•Promote ESA’ mission abroad s
  • 17. Advantages to ESAØ Charlesworth visit libraries, provide supportØ ESA webpages translated into ChineseØ Monitor usageØ Promote ESA titles (Beijing book fair, six-city tour)
  • 18. International conferencesEcoSummit 2007 — Beijing, China
  • 19. China workshops
  • 20. New frontiersWorkshops in China in 2007, 2008, and 2009 How to get published in high-impact international journals
  • 21. China workshopsTopics covered:Ø How impact factors are calculatedØ How to choose the right journal for your paperØ The importance of the Instructions to AuthorsØ What to put in a cover letterØ What the decision letter really meansØ Top reasons papers get rejected
  • 22. China workshopsWhy do this?Ø Improve acceptance rates for papers from ChinaØ Help Chinese scientists navigate through the “western” publishing systemØ Expose young Chinese scientists to a different style of teachingØ Make life easier for editorial staffØ Increase ESA’ visibility in China sØ Enable collaborations with Chinese scientists
  • 23. New frontiersDeveloping relationships with Chinese scientists
  • 24. New frontiersDeveloping relationships with Chinese scientists
  • 25. China workshopsWho else is doing this?Ø Elsevier programØ Springer – help in creating Instructions to Authors (China)Ø HINARI, AGORA, OARE – “How to get published” (Africa)Ø Individuals – “How to write a scientific paper (China)Ø Others?
  • 26. China workshopsHow can others do this?Ø Talk to people who have connections in ChinaØ Write to Chinese UniversitiesØ Contact Universities with Foreign Language Departments
  • 27. Thank yousuesilver@esa.org