Elementa is an open-access, scientific journal published by University of California Press as of 2017, and founded by BioOne, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington in 2013. It is organized into six knowledge domains, each lead by a prominent Editor-in-Chief and supported by boards of Associate Editors.
Elementa represents a comprehensive approach to the challenges presented by this era of accelerated human impact, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society.
Elementa publishes original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change. Elementa reports on fundamental advancements in research organized initially into six knowledge domains, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society.
Additional information on Elementa’s scope, as well the scope of each knowledge domain, can be found via our Aims and Scope section.
Yes. Elementa publishes articles that are technically sound, that are worthy of inclusion in the scholarly record, and that further research and discourse in the relevant field of study. Our Editors have adopted an inclusive posture within their respective disciplines, with the goal to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange. We do not attempt to predict a submission’s value to the field over time, as that is best left to the community of researchers and readers. Article-level metrics of citation, usage, and qualified comment are now available to track impact over time.
We ask our Associate Editors and reviewers to consider the following questions when making their publication recommendations:
We welcome the following types of manuscripts:
Elementa also welcomes Special Features, a set of related articles addressing themes or projects of broad interest, typically 4–10 articles in each group, usually including a synthesizing Commentary. Special Features may fall within a single knowledge domain or be cross-listed under two or more domains; in either case, a single Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for the entire Special Feature. For more information, see our Special Features informational page.
The costs of producing and maintaining Elementa are recovered by charging a publication fee to authors or research sponsors for each article that they publish. The current publication fee is $1,450 for all article types except Commentary and Comment and Reply, which are both $650. Our colleagues at Ubiquity Partner Network administer the fee and contact the corresponding authors to arrange payment.
Authors who lack the funds to cover publication fees may request a waiver. In order to keep publication charges as low as possible, fee waivers are not automatically given but must be approved on a case-by-case basis, and authors from developing and transitional countries are given priority.
Elementa was founded and capitalized by BioOne, and designed to operate on a sustainable, nonprofit, cost-recovery basis. UC Press’ financial goals are to:
Authors do. Elementa does not require authors to relinquish their rights as copyright holders. Instead, articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), under which authors retain copyright to their work and allow others to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt their work, provided proper attribution is given.
After reviewing our Guidelines for Authors, submit using our online manuscript submission site.
We are committed to providing authors with a rapid, fair, and constructive review process, as can be provided by volunteer editors and reviewers, with a goal of giving the majority of first decisions within four weeks.
Data are important products of the scientific enterprise and should be available for others to test and build upon published claims. By submitting to Elementa, authors agree to make any data described in their article freely available for the purpose of non-commercial research. Supplementary material providing additional information that enhances the main text and is directly referenced within the text should be submitted for publication with the article. Major datasets generated in the course of the work should be deposited externally in an appropriate public archive (e.g., Pangaea for geoscientific and environmental data, TreeBASE for phylogenetic data). Authors will be requested to provide a Data Accessibility Statement with their submissions, listing where each dataset is or will be archived and including accession numbers or DOIs.
Articles published in Elementa will be available in machine- as well as human-intelligible formats: HTML, PDF, EPUB3, Mobipocket, XML, and JSON.
We hope so! Elementa is listed in the Serials Solutions “Knowledge Base.” If your library subscribes to Knowledge Base, they can add Elementa to their holdings list. We’re listed as a single title under “Freely Accessible Science Journals” and the Open Access Digital Library (Serials Solutions control number ssj0001072422). And Elementa is also indexed by OCLC’s WorldCat. Please let your librarian know.
Publishing a Special Feature with Elementa provides a unique opportunity for a team of authors to present research that addresses a specific theme or that derives from a joint project. Whether your research falls into a single discipline, or multiple knowledge domains, Elementa’s rigorous promotion of Special Features, with a dedicated landing page able to accommodate accompanying videos and slideshows, will reach a wide variety of fellow researchers, policy-makers, and the interested public worldwide. Read more…
Elementa publishes online topical Forums to stimulate knowledge sharing and debate about specific opportunities and challenges presented by this era of human impacts. Our goal is to facilitate dialog across diverse fields of human endeavor on the challenges of achieving transitions to sustainability and mitigating environmental problems, and to generate the knowledge most needed to inform and promote those approaches. Read more…