Koedoe conservation science journal joins the rank

Koedoe conservation science journal joins the ranks of Africa’s best

Koedoe, African Protected Area Conservation and Science, received its first Journal Impact Factor, of 1.486, in the recently published 2014 Release of Journal Citation Reports (Source: 2013 Web of Science data).

The journal has been ranked 21/41 in the Biodiversity Conservation category. This  compares favourably with many South African and international journals, for example, South African Journal of Science (1.031), South African Journal of Botany (1.34), South African Journal of Wildlife Research (0.711), African Journal of Ecology (0.853) and Austral Ecology (1.724).

Reflecting on what this means for Koedoe, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr Llewellyn Foxcroft commented: “This is an important milestone for Koedoe. Scientific publishing is extremely competitive and the standing of a journal plays a big role in the decision of many scientists on where to publish. Receiving this rating places Koedoe within the ranks of many other journals in this field and assures the author that their work receives recognition and will be widely available”.

The move to an online, open access publication format in 2007 was part of a strategy to broaden the journal’s scope, and raise its international profile to include a more geographically diverse reader and author base. This success of this approach is reflected in its rapid growth. Visitors to the website increased by 1198% from 12,600 in 2008 to 163,600 (of which 87 800 were first time visitors) in 2013. Visitors originated from 176 countries. Articles were downloaded more than 186 700 times in 2013, representing an increase of 143% from 76 900 in 2011.

Produced on behalf of South African National Parks (SANParks) by AOSIS OpenJournals, and in publication since 1958, the journal is dedicated to promoting all aspects of protected area science and management. Early publications focused on inventories and species descriptions, evolving to focus further on the ecology and biology of species, to the more recent focus on dynamic, heterogeneous ecosystems.

Protected areas are more than parcels of land set aside for biophysical conservation initiatives. They are hubs of economic development; they act as sources of natural resources, and help protect ecosystem services essential to life far beyond the boundaries of any protected area. Koedoe aims to foster interdisciplinary approaches that explore the complexity of these areas as social-ecological systems and in doing so develop the knowledge needed to ensure protected areas continue to deliver on their mandate.

Visit www.koedoe.co.za or email submissions@koedoe.co.za or editor@koedoe.co.za for further information.