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Evolution Letters -- A new open access journal set to launch in 2017

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Hoboken, NJ - December 7, 2016 - John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), and The Society for the Study of Evolution™ (SSE) have announced the launch of a new open access publication, Evolution Letters.

Evolution Letters features cutting-edge new research in all areas of Evolutionary Biology. It consists of Letters - original pieces of research which form the bulk of papers - and Comments and Opinion - a forum for highlighting timely new research ideas for the evolutionary community. Available exclusively online, all articles in Evolution Letters are fully open access: immediately and freely available to read, download and share.

"I'm thrilled to be editing this exciting new journal. Our aim is not just to publish the best work in Evolutionary Biology, but also to make the submission and publication process as straightforward and flexible as possible for authors. We will publish papers that span the entire range of evolutionary research. The journal is co-owned by the two largest Evolutionary Biology societies, SSE and ESEB, and profits go back into the main activities and programs promoted by those societies. I really hope that the entire community gets behind this opportunity to raise the profile of our field and support its growth" said Professor Jon Slate, editor-in-chief of Evolution Letters. Professor Slate is a researcher in Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Sheffield, UK.

"Wiley is delighted to be partnering with SSE and ESEB to launch their new open access journal in the rapidly moving field of evolutionary biology," said Colette Bean, Vice President and Society Publishing Director at Wiley. "We are proud to work with SSE and ESEB to expand their open access presence by disseminating timely, innovative research through Evolution Letters."

Butch Brodie, Executive Vice-President of SSE, said "Evolution Letters represents a major step forward for SSE and ESEB in fostering a global community of evolutionary biologists by creating a new open-access venue for the best in evolution research. SSE is committed to seeing the new journal thrive as a showcase for high profile work in evolution across the disciplines. As co-owners of the journal, the societies have worked closely with our publishing partner to keep publishing costs competitive for members of SSE and ESEB. We have been anxiously awaiting this launch and are excited to see the science that comes forward."

Laurent Keller, President of the ESEB said "The European Society for Evolutionary Biology is delighted with the launch of Evolution Letters. Our new journal builds a further bridge between our society and the Society for the Study of Evolution, the two largest societies serving the global community of evolutionary biologists. We are convinced that Evolution Letters will become a high profile journal and the flagship of our research community, and look forward to seeing the exciting and high-profile research it will soon be bringing to the fore."

Evolution Letters is now open to submissions. All articles in Evolution Letters will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license on Wiley Online Library. Authors with open access mandates from funders will be fully compliant when publishing with this journal. A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles. Authors affiliated with, or funded by, an organization that has a Wiley Open Access Account can publish without directly paying any publication charges.

Evolution Letters is jointly owned by the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) and the Society for the Study of Evolution™ (SSE). For more information, visit or the journal's dedicated Twitter account, @EvolLetters.


About ESEB

ESEB was founded in 1987. The objectives of the Society are to "Support the study of organic evolution and the integration of those scientific fields that are concerned with evolution: molecular and microbial evolution, behavior, genetics, ecology, life histories, development, paleontology, systematics and morphology."

About SSE

The Society was founded in 1946. The objectives of the Society for the Study of EvolutionTM are the promotion of the study of organic evolution and the integration of the various fields of science concerned with evolution.

About Wiley

Wiley, a global company, helps people and organizations develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our online scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, combined with our digital learning, assessment and certification solutions help universities, learned societies, businesses, governments and individuals increase the academic and professional impact of their work. For more than 200 years, we have delivered consistent performance to our stakeholders. The company's website can be accessed at

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