The International Journal of Limnology (IJL) has become a PCI-friendly journal and joins nearly 100 other such journals on Peer Community In (PCI). PCI is a non-profit, non-commercial platform that publishes recommendations of preprints after open peer-review through specific communities of researchers.

There are many PCI communities relevant to the subject matter of IJL, including PCI Ecology and PCI Evol Biology. Researchers in these communities review and recommend preprints to turn them into valid, citable and final articles. Once recommended, a preprint can either remain on the preprint server or can be submitted to a journal for publication, including to PCI-friendly journals such as IJL.

PCI-friendly journals may choose to accept a recommended article with no further peer review, may provide a response within a short, specified time or may use PCI reviews and recommendations for their own review processes. IJL has undertaken to publish recommended articles without further peer review as long as the article falls within the scope of the journal (inland water environments). This offers a valuable route to publication in a journal with an impact factor for authors of preprints.

“When I became Editor-in-Chief of IJL, I was determined to make changes and innovate,” said Dr. Stéphan Jacquet, from INRAE and Université Savoie Mont Blanc. “With my associate editors, we are fully focused on increasing the impact of IJL through various initiatives of which the partnership with PCI is the most recent one.”

IJL was established in 1964 as the Annales de Limnologie by the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France and publishes papers on the ecology of freshwater systems. As an international, English-language journal, it is now known simply as the International Journal of Limnology. IJL joins two other PCI-friendly EDP Sciences journals, namely Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena (the first PCI-friendly maths journal) and OCL - Oilseeds and fats, Crops and Lipids.

Authors of articles recommended by PCI who wish to publish in IJL are invited to consult the instructions for authors for further information.