Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Alces invites original manuscripts describing studies of the biology and management of moose throughout their circumpolar distribution, as well as other ungulate or carnivore species that overlap their range. Some manuscripts published in Alces originate as papers presented at the annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop, but works may be submitted directly to the Editors at any time.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Each paper is examined by the Submissions Editor and assigned to an Associate Editor who selects at least two reviewers knowledgeable about the subject. Reviewers judge submitted manuscripts on data originality, ideas, analyses, interpretation, accuracy, conciseness, clarity, appropriate subject matter, and overall contribution to the field. Reviewers are selected principally from biologists, managers, and academics throughout the world who are directly familiar with the subject material.  Associate editors strive to complete the review porcess within 4 weeks; the journal is published annually within 12-14 months of the previous year's annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop.

 

Publication Frequency

Papers will be published on-line after final galley proofs are approved by, and page charges are received from the author.  An annual bound issue of ALCES will be published after a sufficient number of papers are completed, normally within 12-14 months after the annual North American/International Moose Conference and Workshop.

 

Open Access Policy

Articles in Alces are freely available on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

 

THE EVOLUTION OF A SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL

Alces, A Journal Devoted to the Biology and Management of Moose (Alces alces) (edited and published at Lakehead University since 1978)

Annual meetings of the North American Moose Conference and Workshop began in 1963 and a brief summary of events was circulated in mimeographed form. The first formal publication of The Proceedings followed the 5th meeting in Alaska in 1968. Regular annual issues were not produced until 1972 (considered Vol. 8). The new name Alces was adopted for the journal in 1981 (Vol. 17) and the present double-column format was begun in 1988 (Vol. 24). The majority of manuscripts still arise from the Annual Meeting but an increasing proportion are submitted year-round from researchers in Canada, U.S.A., Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Russia, and China. All submissions are peer reviewed before acceptance.

The first permanent editor of the "moose journal" was Harold Cumming, School of Forestry, Lakehead University (1978-82), followed by Patrick Karns, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (1983-85). From 1986 - 1997, Vols. 22 - 33 were co-edited by Murray Lankester, Department of Biology, Lakehead University, and Tim Timmermann, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Thunder Bay. A Board of Associate Editors comprised of distinguished moose researchers was formally established in 1996. Warren Ballard (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas) and Art Rodgers (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research, Thunder Bay) co-edited Vols. 34 - 37 (1998 - 2001). Vince Crichton (Manitoba Conservation, Winnipeg, Manitoba), James Peek (University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho), and Art Rodgers co-edited Vol. 34 (2), which included papers from the 4th International Moose Symposium held at Fairbanks, Alaska, in May 1997. Art Rodgers edited Vol. 38 (2002). Volumes 39-43 were co-edited by Art Rodgers and Gerry Redmond (Maritime College of Forest Technology, Fredericton, New Brunswick). The structure of the Alces Editorial Board was revised following the 43rd North American Moose Conference and Workshop in 2007. The current Chief Editor of Alces is Peter Pekins (University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire) and the Submissions Editor is Gerry Redmond. Art Rodgers is the Alces Business Editor.

The journal has been produced in the Lakehead University Print Shop since 1978 (Vol.14), initially under the direction of Bob Cornell, and since 1988, in the skilled hands of Stan Nemec. Each year, 400 copies are printed and sent to over 250 institutional, government, and personal subscribers. Off-prints of individual articles can be purchased by authors. Sales of current and back issues were handled for 15 years by Mary Melnyk at the Lakehead University Bookstore. Since her retirement in 1994, the job has been done by Lori Fleming. Ralph Mauro of the Lakehead University Finance Office ably watched over the "Moose Book Account" until his retirement in 1995. The job is now done by Ms Margot Ross and Jeanne Rickards. The journal is self-supporting, with the occasional donation from hosting jurisdictions and individuals. As of 1992 (Vol. 28), page charges (currently $30.00 CDN/pg) have been levied to cover rising production costs of about $9500/yr. Back issues of Alces are available through the Lakehead University Bookstore.

In addition to annual meetings of the North American Moose Conference and Workshop, 6 International Symposia of moose biologists have been held (Québec City, Canada 1973; Uppsala, Sweden 1984; Syktyvkar, Russia 1990; Fairbanks, Alaska 1997; Øyer, Norway 2002; Yakutsk, Russia 2008). The Lakehead University Print Shop re-printed the volume resulting from the Québec City meeting (originally published as Naturaliste Canadien 101 by Les Presses de l'Université Laval, Québec, 1975) and printed the proceedings of the Syktyvkar meeting as Alces Supplements 1 (1992) and 2 (2002). Proceedings of the Alaska International Symposium were incorporated into Alces 34, Number 1 and Number 2, 1998, and the proceedings of the Norway Symposium were incorporated into Alces 39. Proceedings of the most recent Symposium, held in Yakutsk, have been incorporated into Alces Volume 45. Except for the Second International Moose Symposium, back issues of these proceedings are available from the Lakehead University Bookstore.