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Mires and Peat - A joint Journal of IPS and IMCG

Mires and Peat is a joint scientific journal of the International Peat Society and the International Mire Conservation Group. Our aim is to offer a true freely accessible online journal, following the rules of open-access publications.

The new journal "Mires and Peat" was officially launched at a meeting of IPS and IMCG representatives in Espoo, Finland on 28 July 2006.

We welcome all IPS members to become active authors or reviewers for the new journal! More information: www.mires-and-peat.net

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Recent Publications in Mires and Peat Journal

During the first half of 2010, several new papers were published in “Mires and Peat”.

All documents can be read and downloaded for free. Mires and Peat is a peer-reviewed internet journal focusing specifically on mires, peatlands and peat. As a “free-to-users” publication (i.e. NO subscriptions and NO publication charges), it is immediately accessible to readers and potential authors worldwide. All IPS members and others working in the area of mire and peatland management and research are welcome to submit their papers to the Journal. Abstracts can be sent to the Editor, Olivia Bragg at o.m.bragg (at) dundee.ac.uk.


journalbanner.jpgMires and Peat publishes high-quality peer-reviewed
academic papers on all facets of research relating to mires, peatlands and peat worldwide. It is an open access Internet journal published jointly by the International Mire Conservation Group (IMCG) and the International Peat Society (IPS). There are no publication or subscription charges to authors or readers.

The scope of Mires and Peat encompasses all aspects of peatland science (including social sciences), technology and wise use, including:

Standard papers, short communications and review articles dealing with these and related topics will be welcomed, along with contributions within the scope of the journal based on the proceedings of conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops. Material from authors and countries whose work would otherwise be inaccessible to the international community is particularly encouraged.


Dr Olivia Bragg
Department of Geography
University of Dundee
United Kingdom

Professor Jack Rieley
Centre for Environmental Management
School of Geography
University of Nottingham
United Kingdom

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Annual Report 2010

Mires and Peat – Report of the Editor Dr. Olivia Bragg

The 2010 publication rate of Mires and Peat, expressed in numbers of articles and pages published during the year, has previously been exceeded only once (in 2008). The new articles are spread over three volumes:

The ‘regular’ Volume 6 (2010) contains the same number of articles as Volume 5 (2009), and five fewer pages. The last two papers of Special Volume 4 Wind Farms on Peatland were completed and published, and Volume 4 was closed in May. A new Special Volume 7 A Review of Protocols in Peat Palaeoenvironmental Studies opened in June, now contains six articles, and will continue into 2011.

Readership continued to increase; but possibly at a slower rate than in previous years, especially during the second half of 2010. Nonetheless, the highest-ever number of visits to the journal’s website in a single month (6,460) was logged in May, and the number of page impressions in a month exceeded 10,000 for the first time in October. The accumulated number of visits since the journal was launched had reached 173,319 by 31 December 2010. Due to a change in policy by our web provider, it has been possible to obtain download statistics for the 18 most popular articles only; but these are encouraging in that ‘download rate per day online’ has increased for eleven of these articles, remained the same for two, and declined for only three.

The core editorial team still comprises six people (Editor, Deputy Editor, three Assistant Editors and Web Administrator), and all have contributed regularly to different aspects of manuscript management and other journal activities throughout the year. The backlog of unprocessed manuscripts is now much reduced.

There is no conclusive news about either the evaluation by Thomson Web of Science or the proposal to join the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) scheme, but both initiatives have been rejuvenated.

Material published

Mires and Peat published 15 articles (159 pages) by authors from eleven countries during 2010. Two articles were added to Special Volume 4 (2008–2010) Wind Farms on Peatland, which now
contains ten papers (129 pages) from Spain, the UK and Ireland (Table 1) and was closed in May. Volume 6 (2010) contains seven articles (78 pages) by authors from nine countries, and was closed on 31 December 2010. Most authors are from western Europe (France, Germany, The Netherlands, UK); the other countries represented are Argentina, Canada, Estonia, Poland and South Africa.

An enquiry received in April 2010 resulted in Volume 7, which opened on 01 June and will continue into 2011. This Special Volume is entitled A Review of Protocols in Peat Palaeoenvironmental Studies (Guest Editors François De Vleeschouwer, Paul Hughes, Jonathan Nichols and Frank Chambers). It currently contains a Foreword and six articles (46 pages) and adds Sweden and USA to the list of 2010 author nationalities. One book review was received and published.


The number of visits to the journal’s web site per month showed a less distinct rising trend than in previous years, fluctuating between ca 5,000 (the level reached by the end of 2009) and ca 6,500. Nonetheless, new monthly maxima were achieved during 2010 for both visits (6,460 in
May) and page impressions (10,353 in October). Up to 31 December 2010, the total number of visits to the web site since the journal went online was 173,319 and the total number of page impressions was 282,081.

Overall, the most popular contribution is still Article 1.01, which has now been downloaded 6,010 times in total (1,630 times in 2010); but the most popular during 2010 was Article 3.02 (2,782 downloads)4. The 18 most frequently consulted articles are spread fairly evenly and proportionally across all volumes except Volume 2 (contains only one).

Editorial activity

All three Assistant Editors have contributed regularly to manuscript management during 2010. Professor R.S. Clymo has helped with a number of the manuscripts processed, and was principal editor for two of the articles published in Volume 6. Dr Richard Payne has assisted with Volume 7, and visited Israel during the year to organise contributions for his proposed special volume on Peatland of the Hula Valley (manuscripts are now being submitted). Derrick Lai has prepared initial layouts for all of the articles published in Volume 7 (and drawn attention to a number of mistakes in these supposedly ‘publication-ready’ manuscripts), in addition to researching new books and commissioning selected reviews of which one (A.J. Baird et al. (eds.) Carbon Cycling in Northern Peatlands) has been published. Professor Jack Rieley (Deputy Editor) has continued to provide a range of helpful and constructive inputs.

The total number of manuscripts submitted during 2010 was 225 (Manuscripts 81 to 102 inclusive). By the end of December, eight of these had been published; one was ready to be published on 01 January 2011; six had been accepted subject to satisfactory revision by authors; and seven were at earlier stages of the evaluation process.

A significant milestone reached during the year was submission of the 100th manuscript received by Mires and Peat. Of Manuscripts 1–100, 66 have been accepted for publication (57 published by 31 December 2010), 27 have been rejected, and decisions are yet to be made on seven. This gives a publication rate of around 70% (66–73%) (i.e. rejection rate ca 30% (27–34%)).

The minimum and maximum times from submission to publication of individual papers during 2010 were both records. Ignoring Article 7.00 (Foreword for Special Volume, which was not peer reviewed), total processing times ranged from 44 days for Article 7.02 to 1,028 days for Article 6.05, which was originally submitted in January 2008 and has been revised several times since (Figure 3). Over the lifetime of the journal, the average processing time per manuscript has generally fluctuated around 200 days (Figure 4).

Despite painstaking evaluation, language editing and encouragement to authors, most of the material submitted for the proposed special volume on Physiological, Biochemical and Biological Properties of Peat (Manuscripts 66–78) could not be brought up to an acceptable standard for publication in Mires and Peat and, consequently, this volume has been cancelled. However, one of the articles has been published as Article 6.06 and we are still working with authors on the development of two more. Our revisions of manuscripts that were eventually rejected have been returned to authors, in the hope that they will be able to publish in more local journals or re-use the material in future publications.

Written interim reports on progress of the journal were prepared for the IMCG Main Board and the IPS Scientific Advisory Board. The IPS Secretariat organised an entry about the journal in Peat News No. 7/2010.

As reported previously, evaluation of the journal for Thomson Reuters Web of Science was requested on 13 January 2009, as a step towards the goal of eventually acquiring an ‘impact factor’ (IF)6. The Editor received notification when the 2010 IFs were released but Mires and Peat was not amongst the journals listed. It seems that the initial submission, which was made via a web form, may have been partially overlooked. The Editor has now made email contact via Thomson Reuters helpdesk, with the result that the first phase of the evaluation - an assessment of our ‘timeliness of publication’ - will be carried out on the basis of two retrospective volumes plus Volume 8 (2011).

Members of the Editorial Board (and others) have continued to be stalwart in providing reviews, and are thanked for all of their contributions. The names of Editorial Board members again feature in the list of authors for 2010, and all are asked to continue publishing (and encouraging their associates to publish) in Mires and Peat when possible. The value of citing Mires and Peat articles in papers that are destined for other peer-reviewed journals is again strongly underlined, because citations form the basis of the Impact Factor (IF) computation.

Members of all relevant IPS/IMCG Boards are asked to continue to bear in mind the availability of Mires and Peat as a versatile publication medium for high-quality original material arising from any sponsored scientific meetings or other publishing initiatives. Special Volume 7 provides an example of how the journal’s format can lend itself to realising innovative publishing ideas conceived at meetings, with fast turn-around of manuscripts and immediate global exposure of each one soon as it becomes ready for publication.

Future plans

The first article of Volume 8 (2011) was published on 01 January 2011. Twelve more manuscripts are in hand as potential material for this volume, as well as four for Volume 7 and at least one for the Special Volume on Peatland of the Hula Valley. Five of the manuscripts in hand have been conditionally accepted for publication and are currently being revised with or by authors; the remainder are new submissions or likely to require substantial development before they can be fully reviewed. Thus, as always, new high-quality manuscripts are needed.

All mainstream academic journals now routinely assign a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to every new article published. Adoption of this system by Mires and Peat would improve citation possibilities for our articles. Discussion in Tullamore (2008) determined that Mires and Peat should join the DOI scheme as a stand-alone publication (i.e. not under the umbrella of either IPS or IMCG); to be organised from the home country of the journal’s web page (Germany); all papers already published to be given DOIs retrospectively. At that stage, IPS agreed in principal to cover the charge for the first batch of DOI numbers. The library of Hanover University has now been identified as the most appropriate and cost effective DOI Registration Agency for Mires and Peat. The minimum annual registration fee is €150, and this will allow us to assign up to 500 new DOIs per year. It is proposed that Michael Trepel should organise and administer our participation in this scheme, and the cost will be included in the budget requested for 2011.

If calculated at the beginning of 2009, the IF would be the average number of times that each of the 15 articles in Volumes 1 and 2 (2006 and 2007) was cited during 2008, in the 2,000+ journals scanned by Thomson. If Mires and Peat were to be evaluated at the next possible opportunity (i.e. during 2011), the IF would be calculated from 2010 citation rates for the 26 articles published during 2008 and 2009.

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