Open Access Ecology Journals

A list of Open Access Ecology journals for you to publish your manuscript in

Ecology is scientific study of the relationships between living organisms

A journal article is 'open access' when there are no financial, legal or technical barriers to accessing it - that is to say when anyone can read, download, distribute, print, and search it.

This list of Ecology Open Access journals will hopefully make it easier for you to decide where to publish your Ecology manuscript.
We made this list which includes all the high-impact factor Ecology journals that might be relevant to your field of study.In many cases, you only see lists of Ecology journals, nonetheless, in our case we have made the list with open access Ecology journals in mind.Use our different columns — number of papers, number of citations, and relevance — to find the best Ecology venue for your manuscript.

The DOAJ columns refers to the The Directory of Open Access Journals, a list of open access journals, maintained by Infrastructure Services for Open Access.
There are certain criteria a journal must meet to be indexed by DOAJ, and thus inclusion in the DOAJ index is seen by scholars as a mark of quality.

All the open access Ecology journals in this list are indexed in
If you spot any mistakes in this table of Ecology OA journals, don’t hesitate to send us an email.

Open Access Ecology Journals
NameISSNDOAJPublisherNo. of PapersCitationsRelevanceWebsite
Diversity and Distributions1366-9516Wiley283011199698.8Website
European journal of taxonomy2118-9773Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle1095210797.9Website
BMC Ecology1472-6785Springer Nature6111507596.7Website
Movement ecology2051-3933Springer Nature349604596.3Website
New Zealand Journal of Ecology0110-64656711325896.1
Ecological processes2192-1709Springer Nature429488196Website
International Journal of Odonatology1388-7890Worldwide Dragonfly Association599339795.8Website
Carbon Balance and Management1750-0680Springer Nature311670495.8Website
PhytoKeys1314-2003Pensoft Publishers1235474895.2Website
Biodiversity Data Journal1314-2828Pensoft Publishers1312461594.8Website
European Journal of Ecology1339-8474The University of Kansas13045294.6Website
Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management1944-687XU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service671322594.6
Ecological Indicators1470-160XElsevier911121374294.5Website
Applied and Environmental Soil Science1687-7667Hindawi Limited452594794.2Website
ZooKeys1313-2970Pensoft Publishers64513510394Website
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation2530-0644Elsevier242190293.8Website
Global Ecology and Conservation2351-9894Elsevier22641727293.6Website
Avian Conservation and Ecology1712-6568Resilience Alliance, Inc.444406393.5Website
Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control1110-17681273330093.4Website
International journal of biodiversity2314-4149Hindawi Limited7565493.3
International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture2251-7715Springer Nature405414093.3Website
Mediterranean Marine Science1108-393XNational Documentation Centre (EKT)9451079293.1Website
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine1746-4269Springer Nature10353894292.9Website
Limnological Review1642-5952De Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.25586192.9
Ecological Questions1644-7298Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika/Nicolaus Copernicus University49176392.9
Sociobiology0361-6525Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana23501549592.8Website
International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility2366-0074Springer Nature69101892.8Website
International Indigenous Policy Journal1916-5781International Indigenous policy Journal333273292.8Website
Journal of Water and Land Development1429-7426De Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.605291492.6
Acarologia0044-586XEDP Sciences27681405392.6Website
Endangered Species Research1613-4796Inter-Research Science Center12522686292.5Website
Wetlands Australia Journal0725-0312University of New South Wales24683392.3
Soil2199-398XCopernicus GmbH282651492.2Website
Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management2141-2391Academic Journals317132592.1
Forest Ecosystems2197-5620Springer Nature417381292.1Website
One Ecosystem2367-8194Pensoft Publishers112122692Website
Journal of Limnology1129-5767PAGEPress Publications10911552392Website
Aquatic Biology1864-7782Inter-Research Science Center7821518391.9Website
Journal of Ecosystems2314-6001Hindawi Limited3646291.7
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution2296-701XFrontiers Media SA35872405891.7Website
Fire Ecology1933-9747Springer Nature499782391.6Website
Avian research2053-7166Springer Nature351144791.5Website
International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation2141-243XAcademic Journals660355691.4
Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research2038-324XPAGEPress Publications25686791.4Website
Frontiers in forests and global change2624-893XFrontiers Media SA634243791.3Website
Subterranean biology1768-1448Pensoft Publishers25893991.1Website
Open Journal of Soil Science2162-5360Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.348189591.1
African Invertebrates1681-5556Pensoft Publishers871520391Website
International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystems Services & Management2151-3732Taylor & Francis296576190.9Website
European journal of environmental sciences1805-0174Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press19569790.8Website
Insects2075-4450MDPI AG39032250390.6Website
Journal of Orthoptera Research1082-6467Pensoft Publishers737572990.5Website
Arctic science2368-7460Canadian Science Publishing263141390.5Website
International Journal of Forestry Research1687-9368Hindawi Limited296232790.5Website
Ecoprint: An International Journal of Ecology1024-8668Nepal Journals Online15644990.4
Journal of Hymenoptera Research1070-9428Pensoft Publishers955642390.2Website
Fottea1802-5439Palacky University Olomouc417412690.2
Trees, forests and people2666-7193Elsevier29436490.1Website
International Journal of Ecosystem2165-8889Scientific and Academic Publishing12137390.1
Aquatic Invasions1818-5487Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre Oy - REABIC10121647389.9Website
Web Ecology1399-1183Copernicus GmbH227193489.9Website
Tropical Conservation Science1940-0829SAGE810978289.9Website
Ecologica Montenegrina2336-9744Institute for Biodiversity and Ecology67585989.8Website
Acta Herpetologica1827-9635402164789.8Website
Open Journal of Ecology2162-1993Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.561203389.5
Soil systems2571-8789MDPI AG352190789.2Website
Zoologia1984-4670Pensoft Publishers975713288.9Website
Resources and Environment2163-2618Scientific and Academic Publishing22692388.9
Journal of Freshwater Ecology0270-5060Taylor & Francis24692263288.9Website
Journal of Insect Science0970-383724953520388.8Website
Journal of pollination ecology1920-7603International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relations208144088.5Website
The Open Marine Biology Journal1874-4508Bentham Science6755288.1
Biological oceanography0196-5581Taylor & Francis108338088Website
Landscape Online1865-1542Landscape Online107198087.9Website
Asian Journal of Sustainability and Social Responsibility2365-6417Springer Nature3340587.9Website
Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity2287-884XElsevier800200087.8Website
Han-guk toyang biryo hakoeji0367-6315Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer893215087.7
Wildlife Biology0909-6396BioOne (Wildlife Biology)13052517687.4
Metabarcoding and Metagenomics2534-9708Pensoft Publishers7965187.3Website
International Journal of Zoology1687-8477Hindawi Limited179149887.2Website
Sustainable Agriculture Research1927-050XCanadian Center of Science and Education491175187.2
Evolutionary Applications1752-4571Wiley18094694187.1Website
Journal of Nematology0022-300XExeley, Inc.39815902986.9Website
Check List1809-127XCheck List Journal3103986886.9Website
The Open Ecology Journal1874-2130Bentham Science106315486.8Website
Energy, Sustainability and Society2192-0567Springer Nature410512486.8Website
Conservation Physiology2051-1434Oxford University Press8231048586.8Website
Ecology and Evolution2045-7758Wiley923110211686.8Website
Agricultural and Food Economics2193-7532Springer Nature239226886.6Website
Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability2493-9439EDP Sciences17958386.6Website
International Journal of Ecology1687-9708Hindawi Limited365246086.6Website
Regional climate studies1862-02485242186.5
Global sustainability2059-4798Cambridge University Press125128386.4Website
Journal of Sustainable Bioenergy Systems2165-400XScientific Research Publishing, Inc.168132386.3
Forests1999-4907MDPI AG77325074886.1Website
Transylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research1841-7051De Gruyter Open Sp. z o.o.25837786
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Open Access (OA)?
Open access (OA) is a set of principles and practices through which research is freely distributed online
What does “relevance” mean in the table?
If a journal has a relevance of “100”, that means that the journal is fully related to the concept it is listed under. If, on the other hand, a journal has a relevance of “0”, that means that the journal doesn’t have any relation to the topic it is listed under. So Nutrition might have a low relevance when included in Open Computer Science Journals
How do you count total number of citations?
The citations represent the times that works have cited papers under this journal. In our case, we obtain this data from OpenAlex, an open catalog of scholarly papers. It's hard to say how accurate it is but it can give you a general idea on how prestigious the journal is. The more work that have cited it, the better.
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What is an APC?
Article Processing Charges (APCs) are charged to authors of scholarly articles during the publication process. APCs are used by open access journals.
What are the different Open Access types?
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