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Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research across fundamental and applied sciences, to provide ecological and evolutionary insights into our natural and anthropogenic world, and how it should best be managed. Field Chief Editor Mark A. Elgar at the University of Melbourne is supported by an outstanding Editorial Board of international researchers. This multidisciplinary open-access journal is at the forefront of disseminating and communicating scientific knowledge and impactful discoveries to researchers, academics and the public worldwide.
Eminent biologist and theist Theodosius Dobzhansky’s astute observation that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” has arguably even broader relevance now than when it was first penned in The American Biology Teacher in 1973. One could similarly argue that not much in evolution makes sense without recourse to ecological concepts: understanding diversity — from microbial adaptations to species assemblages — requires insights from both ecological and evolutionary disciplines. Nowadays, technological developments from other fields allow us to address unprecedented ecological and evolutionary questions of astonishing detail, impressive breadth and compelling inference.
The specialty sections of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution will publish, under a single platform, contemporary, rigorous research, reviews, opinions, and commentaries that cover the spectrum of ecological and evolutionary inquiry, both fundamental and applied. Articles are peer-reviewed according to the Frontiers review guidelines, which evaluate manuscripts on objective editorial criteria. Through this unique, Frontiers platform for open-access publishing and research networking, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution aims to provide colleagues and the broader community with ecological and evolutionary insights into our natural and anthropogenic world, and how it might best be managed.
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Read our October issue
Our October issue includes the origin of dog colour patterns, sexual size dimorphism, microbial community diversity and two Comments on the use of maps as a tool for conservation.
Predicting 3D protein structures in light of evolution
Recent advances in AI-based 3D protein structure prediction could help address health-related questions, but may also have far-reaching implications for evolution. Here we discuss the advantages and limitations of high-quality 3D structural predictions by AlphaFold2 in unravelling the relationship between protein properties and their impact on fitness, and emphasize the need to integrate in silico structural predictions with functional genomic studies.
- Shimon Bershtein
- Daniel Kleiner
- Dan Mishmar
Research in support of COP26
This November, world leaders will meet in Glasgow, UK for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to discuss action on the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This Collection draws together content from across the Nature Portfolio that discusses solutions to challenges in mitigation, adaptation and finance — key pillars for COP26.
Launched in January 2017, Nature Ecology & Evolution is an online-only journal, publishing the best research from across ecology and evolutionary biology monthly. All editorial decisions are made by a team of full-time professional editors.
How to help pollinators in cities
Researchers have performed the most comprehensive study to date on pollinator feeding habits in cities. They document what plants pollinators prefer and use computer models to predict the best ways to help them thrive.
Cat domestication: From farms to sofas
Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. DNA from over 200 cat remains shows that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.
The trade routes that threaten biodiversity
One of the major threats to biodiversity worldwide is international trade. The maps in this video show how consumers in the US and Japan are endangering animal species in 'threat hotspots' around the world.
Evolutionary Ecology is a concept-oriented journal of biological research at the interface of ecology and evolution. We publish papers that therefore integrate both fields of research: research that seeks to explain the ecology of organisms in the context of evolution, or patterns of evolution as explained by ecological processes.
The journal publishes original research and discussion concerning the evolutionary ecology of organisms. These may include papers addressing evolutionary aspects of population ecology, organismal interactions and coevolution, behaviour, life histories, communication, morphology, host-parasite interactions and disease ecology, as well as ecological aspects of genetic processes. The objective is to promote the conceptual, theoretical and empirical development of ecology and evolutionary biology; the scope extends to any organism or system.
In additional to Original Research articles, we publish Review articles that survey recent developments in the field of evolutionary ecology; Ideas & Perspectives articles which present new points of view and novel hypotheses; and Comments on articles recently published in Evolutionary Ecology or elsewhere. We also welcome New Tests of Existing Ideas - testing well-established hypotheses but with broader data or more methodologically rigorous approaches; - and shorter Natural History Notes, which aim to present new observations of organismal biology in the wild that may provide inspiration for future research. As of 2018, we now also invite Methods papers, to present or review new theoretical, practical or analytical methods used in evolutionary ecology.
Students & Early Career Researchers: We particularly encourage, and offer incentives for, submission of Reviews, Ideas & Perspectives, and Methods papers by students and early-career researchers (defined as being within one year of award of a PhD degree) – see Students & Early Career Researchers
We publish 7 types of papers:
1. Original Research articles, which present the results of empirical or theoretical research testing current ideas in evolutionary ecology;
2. Review articles, which survey recent developments in the field of evolutionary ecology;
3. Ideas & Perspectives articles, which present new points of view and/or novel hypotheses;
4. Methods papers, to present or review new theoretical, practical or analytical methods used in evolutionary ecology (as of 2018);
5. Comments on articles recently published in Evolutionary Ecology or elsewhere;
6. New Tests of Existing Ideas, which present tests of well-established hypotheses but with broader data or more methodologically rigorous approaches;
7. Natural History Notes, which present new observations of organismal biology in the wild that may provide inspiration for future evolutionary ecology research.
- A conceptually oriented journal of basic biology at the interface between ecology and evolution
- Covers any aspect of the ecology of organisms in the context of evolution
- Includes all organisms and systems, unbiased with respect to taxon or biome
- Publishing model
- Hybrid (Transformative Journal). Learn about publishing Open Access with us
- 2.717 (2020)
- Impact factor
- 2.500 (2020)
- Five year impact factor
- 55 days
- Submission to first decision
- 170 days
- Submission to acceptance
- 115,289 (2020)
CALL FOR PAPERS: Infectious disease: the ecological theatre and the evolutionary play
Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021 | Expected 2022
We are seeking contributions that examine the relationship between the ecological theatre and evolutionary play in ecologically realistic disease systems. In addition to Original Research articles, we also seek Review articles and also articles with a shorter format, including Ideas & Perspectives, and Natural History Notes (shorter research articles that introduce new ideas and hypotheses). Students and Early Career Researchers are especially encouraged to submit an Original Research article, Review article or an Ideas & Perspectives article.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Mimicry beyond natural selection on colour
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2021 | Expected 2022
We are seeking Original Research Articles, Ideas and Perspectives, and Review Articles that highlight the importance of expanding our understanding of the phenomenon of mimicry in the context of multimodal signals and potential multiple receivers. We will consider submissions regarding any taxa in areas including, but not limited to, chemical mimicry, auditory mimicry, behavioural mimicry, the role of mimetic signals in sexual selection, predator perception biases and evolution of complex mimicry signals. We especially encourage research groups from underrepresented regions to submit their work in any of the proposed areas. Students and Early Career Researchers are also encouraged to submit their research. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by a panel of experts.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Fitness Effects of Mutations
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021 | Expected 2022
We have brought together ideas from theoretical, molecular, field, computational and various experimental approaches across organisms and systems and seek additional submissions for this growing topical collection of already well-cited articles. Students and Early Career Researchers are especially encouraged to submit to this Topical Collection.
Ecology and Evolution
Ecology and Evolution publishes papers reporting theoretical, experimental, applied and descriptive work in terrestrial and aquatic environments. The journal considers submissions across taxa in areas including but not limited to micro and macro ecological and evolutionary processes, characteristics of and interactions between individuals, populations, communities and the environment, physiological responses to environmental change, population genetics and phylogenetics, relatedness and kin selection, life histories, systematics and taxonomy, conservation genetics, extinction, speciation, adaption, behaviour, biodiversity, species abundance, macroecology, population and ecosystem dynamics, and conservation policy.
All articles published in Ecology and Evolution are fully open access: freely available to read, download and share immediately on publication.
The British Ecological Society works in partnership with Wiley-Blackwell to publish Ecology & Evolution.
The journal publishes papers submitted directly to it as well as those referred from a select group of prestigious journals published by Wiley-Blackwell, including all the BES journals.
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Wiley Open Access journal, Ecology and Evolution
Open access research in all areas of ecology, evolution and conservation science
Editors in Chief:
Allen Moore, University of Georgia, USA, AndrewBeckerman, University of Sheffield, UK, Jenn Firn, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Chris Foote, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford, UK, Gareth Jenkins, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford, UK, and Zoe Ma, John Wiley & Sons, Shanghai, China
Ecology and Evolution is the peer-reviewed journal for rapid dissemination of research in all areas of ecology, evolution and conservation science. The journal gives priority to quality research reports, theoretical or empirical, that develop our understanding of organisms and their diversity, interactions between them, and the natural environment. Authors can submit direct or benefit from a manuscript transfer if their original submission was to specific journals published by Wiley in this field, including Journal of Evolutionary Biology. Active members of ESEB benefit from a 10% discount on the article publication charge for Ecology and Evolution when they submit a paper directly to the journal – find out how to benefit below.
Ecology and Evolution provides:
- High standard, rigorous peer-review
- Quality and reputation: supported by Wiley’s network of prestigious journals and societies
- Rapid publication: acceptance to publication possible in 15 days
- Open access: freely available on Wiley Online Library and PubMed Central
- Authors retain copyright and articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial License
- Fully compliant with open access mandates – meeting the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply
All articles published by Ecology and Evolution are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. To cover the cost of publishing Ecology and Evolution charges a publication fee.
Active members of ESEB benefit from a 10% discount on the article publication charge (usual price: $2,200/£1,600/€1,800 in 2021) for Ecology and Evolution when they submit a paper directly to the journal.
To take advantage of this special offer simply enter: Society Member Account Code: ESEBP when presented with payment options when submitting to the journal.
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