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Shared Knowledge, Shared Value

We think everything in the journal publishing process should be open and shared: research, recognition, reward. That’s why we created Collabra.

Collabra is the mission-driven Open Access journal that shares not only the research but also the value created by the academic community. That means all of us.

Our promise:

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A model that distributes value throughout the research community.

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Peer review by respected researchers in your field.

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More people discovering your work while you retain copyright.

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A rich history of progressive scholarly publishing.

The Collabra Model

Collabra is the first Open Access journal not only to share research but also the value contributed by the research community through the review process. Instead of UC Press retaining all funds generated from author APCs, our pay-it-forward model directly compensates reviewers and editors for their work on the journal. They can opt to pass on their earnings either to an APC waiver fund that benefits other authors or their institution's Open Access fund.

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Senior Editorial Team

Our distinguished senior editors are experts in their respective fields.

Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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Erica Fleishman
UC Davis

Erica Fleishman is a Research Scientist with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California, Davis. She received a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno. Fleishman’s research focuses on ecological responses to environmental change and the management of natural resources in the intermountain western United States. Predictive modeling of occupancy, species–environment relations, and connectivity are central to her work. Fleishman also has coauthored curricula on applications of remote sensing to environmental sciences and ecological modeling. She has participated in the science process for management of the San Francisco Estuary and multiple Habitat Conservation Plans and Natural Community Conservation Plans in California. Dr. Fleishman is past editor in chief of Conservation Biology and has served on the editorial boards of five other journals.

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Oliver Pergams
City Colleges of Chicago

Oliver Pergams is a conservation & evolutionary biologist at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). He also holds research appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Field Museum, and is co-founder of a small scientific research foundation. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications in journals such as Nature, PNAS, & PLoS One ( Dr. Pergams has testified as an expert witness before Congress and has organized and hosted several symposia.

During his career in conservation he has received a number of awards, including a US EPA STAR Fellowship, a Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, and a US Dept. of State Fulbright Senior Lecturing/Research Award. Dr. Pergams was awarded an ICCTL Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. He designed the CCC Environmental Biology major and is project consultant to the CCC Faculty Mentoring Project. Dr. Pergams is a Master Natural Areas Restoration Steward and is leading restoration of the CCC Wetland.

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Murray Rudd
University of York

Dr. Murray Rudd is a Senior Lecturer in environmental economics with the Environment Department, University of York (UK). His research explores issues of when, where, and how to craft policies to achieve ecological and socio-economic sustainability, enhance human well-being, and facilitate adaptation to environmental change. Much of his work is oriented towards the conservation of biological diversity in freshwater and marine habitats. His PhD (Wageningen) research was comprised of an economic and institutional analysis of Nassau grouper conservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands. From a disciplinary perspective, Murray engages in research at the intersection of public policy, economics, and environmental science, with a focus on the science/policy interface. His cross-disciplinary research has appeared in a variety of journals such as Ambio, BioScience, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Frontiers in Marine Science.

Life & Biomedical Sciences

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Maryann Martone
UC San Diego

Dr Maryann Martone received her BA from Wellesley College in biological psychology and her Ph. D. in neuroscience in 1990 from the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience. Her background is in neuroanatomy, particularly light and electron microscopy, but she spends most of her time now in the field of neuroinformatics. She is the principal investigator of the Neuroinformatics Framework project, a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience. Her recent work has focused on building ontologies for neuroscience for data integration. She just completed her tenure as the US scientific representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), where she still heads the program on ontologies. She recently joined FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship, as Executive Director.

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Rich Schneider
UC San Francisco

Dr. Rich Schneider graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1991. He received his MSc in 1994 and his PhD in 1998 from Duke University in Durham, NC. Both of his graduate thesis projects focused on craniofacial development and evolution in birds and mammals. Rich also trained in developmental biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island, NY. In 2001, Rich joined the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he has been investigating molecular and cellular mechanisms that pattern the musculoskeletal system. Rich has also been vigorously engaged in issues related to scholarly communications and open access. He led the effort to develop and pass an OA Policy for UCSF Faculty, and served on a Presidential Task Force to expand this Policy to the entire UC System.

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Social & Behavioral Sciences

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Simine Vazire
UC Davis

Simine Vazire is an associate professor in the social/personality area of the psychology department at University of California, Davis. Her research examines people's self-knowledge of their personality and behavior, and she also does work on research methods. The goal of her research is to understand how much insight people have into factors that influence their own behavior and well-being. Simine Vazire received her Ph.D. from University of Texas, Austin in 2006 and was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis from 2007 to 2014. She was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2013-14. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation. In addition to being a senior editor at Collabra, she is also an associate editor for Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal of Research in Personality, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. Simine blogs on Typepad and is on Twitter at @siminevazire.

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Rolf Zwaan
Erasmus University

Rolf A. Zwaan is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He rose through the academic ranks from assistant (1994) to full professor (2002) at Florida State University and returned to the Netherlands in 2007. His main research interests include language comprehension, embodied cognition, and, in recent years, meta-psychology. He is a Fellow of APA, APS, and the Society of Text and Discourse. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Acta Psychologic (2010-2014) and is on the editorial board of several journals. His work has been/is being funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, The Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO), and the European Commission. Rolf Zwaan maintains a widely-read blog, and is active on Twitter at @RolfZwaan.

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