This week marks the 5th annual International Open Access Week, and to celebrate this exciting  milestone the journals of the British Ecological Society – including Methods! – have put together a special virtual issue of open access papers in ecology.

The papers are drawn from all five journals, and cover a broad range of topics: from invasives, stress and insect ecology to wider issues  in community ecology, biodiversity management, ecological policy and, of course, ecological methodologies.

All the BES journals are members of the OnlineOpen scheme, which lets authors opt-in to open access publishing once their papers have been accepted for publication. Potential open access manuscripts go through exactly the same peer-review process as any other submission, and if you’re interested in going down this route you don’t need to let the Editorial office know until after the paper has been accepted.

Finally, to help support open access in ecology from this week onwards we’re pleased to be able to offer a 50% discount to members of the British Ecological Society looking to use OnlineOpen to publish open access papers in any of the five BES journals. Just be sure to fill in the order form!