Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for a new Open Access journal: Journal of Urban Ecology

As of 2009 the number of people living in urban areas surpassed those living in rural areas, a trend which is only increasing. With the rapid urbanisation of our society and planet, the study of urban ecology has never been more important. It is vital that we understand the effects of urbanisation and build tools to create cities that are healthy environments for both humans and animals. Journal of Urban Ecology will publish freely accessible research examining these issues for both developed and developing countries.

Journal of Urban Ecology, a new Open Access journal from Oxford University Press, provides a much needed forum for in-depth discussion on this fast-developing field. Journal of Urban Ecology focuses on all aspects of urban environments including the biology of the organisms that inhabit urban areas, the diversity of ecosystem services, and human social issues encountered in urban landscapes.

Editor-in Chief, Mark McDonnell, Director of the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology said: The discipline of urban ecology is growing exponentially world-wide due to the increased recognition of the impact cities and towns are having on our social-ecological systems.  The Journal of Urban Ecology will provide new opportunities for scientist in a diversity of fields to share their ideas, debate critical issues, and publish basic and applied research on the ecology of urban ecosystems.

Lisa Walton, Publisher, Oxford University Press, commented: We are excited to launch Journal of Urban Ecology as a central, high-quality destination for research into urban ecology. This promising  new journal will continue to strengthen the excellent open access science publishing ‎programme at OUP.”

The journal is now open for submissions and OUP is pleased to announce the waiving of fees for an introductory period. The journal welcomes submissions at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/juecol

Visit the website for more information, submission guidelines, and to sign up to receive tables of contents by email or RSS: http://jue.oxfordjournals.org