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ESA Journal - Ecology


ISSN 0012-9658 Monthly

Mission Statement: Ecology publishes articles that report on the basic elements of ecological research. Emphasis is placed on concise, clear articles documenting important ecological phenomena. The journal publishes a broad array of research that includes a rapidly expanding envelope of subject matter, techniques, approaches, and concepts: paleoecology through present-day phenomena; evolutionary, population, physiological, community, and ecosystem ecology, as well as biogeochemistry; inclusive of descriptive, comparative, experimental, mathematical, statistical, and interdisciplinary approaches.

Established in 1920, Ecology publishes research and synthesis papers on all aspects of ecology, with particular emphasis on papers that develop new concepts in ecology, that test ecological theory, or that lead to an increased appreciation for the diversity of ecological phenomena. Theoretical, analytical, experimental, empirical, historical, and descriptive approaches are all appropriate, though preference is given to research and synthesis that leads to generalizations potentially applicable to other species, populations, communities, or ecosystems. Included within the journal are papers on physiological responses of individual organisms to their biotic and abiotic environments, ecological genetics and evolution, the structure and dynamics of populations, interactions among individuals of the same or different species, the behavior of individuals and groups of organisms, the organization of biological communities, landscape ecology, and ecosystems processes. Papers reporting ecological research on all kinds of organisms and ecosystems are welcome. New methodologies with a potential for broad use in ecology are also of interest. Papers that are well grounded in ecological theory and have broad implications for environmental policy or resource management may be well suited for publication in Ecological Applications, but are also welcome in Ecology if they meet the general criteria described above.

Ecology is publishing more concise papers than has been the tradition for this journal. Concise publications yield increased interest, allow a greater number of papers and topics to appear in the journal, and provide greater content per page printed. The number and average length of Articles published in Ecology is decreasing, and the number of Reports is increasing. Many publications conceived in the past as Articles will hence forth be cast as Reports, with an average length of 5-6 printed pages (one printed page equals roughly 3.5 manuscript pages, inclusive of tables and figures). Our goal is to publish Reports within one year of submission. Articles and Concepts and Synthesis papers will continue to be published in Ecology, but these will be shorter than the average Article of the past. Authors will designate portions of their manuscript as digital supplements to appear in the Ecological Archives and be directly linked to the publication in the on-line version of the journal.

Papers must be original and not be work previously published in the primary literature. This does not mean that reanalysis, interpretation, or assessment of published data is in any way excluded from our journals. Some forms of prior gray literature publication are acceptable, and the decision rests with the judgment of the Subject-matter editors. We will consider for review manuscripts that concisely describe interesting science, and we do not discriminate against dissertation or thesis research. However, we do not republish dissertations per se, and most dissertation/thesis chapters require considerable editing and pruning before they are appropriate for our journals. In nearly all cases, dissertations are readily available, and the raw data, methods, and other detail can form a basis for citation. The Subject matter editor makes the judgment about issues of novelty in manuscripts.


Donald R. Strong

Section of Evolution & Ecology
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
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Associate Editors-in-Chief

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Ecological Archives Editor

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Book Review Editor

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Subject Matter Editors

Lynn S. Adler University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Peter Alpert University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Michael F. Antolin Colorado State University
John P. Y. Arnould Deakin University
Richard B. Aronson Florida Institute of Technology
John Battles University of California - Berkeley
Steven R. Beissinger University of California - Berkeley
Elizabeth T. Borer University of Minnesota
Anne M. Bronikowski Iowa State University
Emilio Bruna University of Florida
John F. Bruno University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Bradley J. Cardinale University of California - Santa Barbara
Mark Carr University of California - Santa Cruz
Walter P. Carson University of Pittsburgh
Brenda Casper University of Pennsylvania
Jeannine M. Cavender-Bares University of Minnesota
Evan Cooch Cornell University
Richard T. Corlett National University of Singapore
Kathryn Cottingham Dartmouth College
Elizabeth Crone University of Montana
James T. Cronin Louisiana State University
Randy A. Dahlgren University of California - Davis
Todd E. Dawson University of California--Berkeley
Andr M. de Roos University of Amsterdam
M. Denise Dearing University of Utah
Daniel F. Doak University of Wyoming
F. Stephen Dobson Auburn University
Lisa Donovan University of Georgia
Martin W. Doyle University of North Carolina
Jane Elith University of Melbourne
R. David Evans Washington State University
Marco Festa-Bianchet University of Sherbrooke
Stuart Findlay Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Alexander S. Flecker Cornell University
Marie-Jose Fortin University of Toronto
Janet Franklin Arizona State University
Serita D. Frey University of New Hampshire
Gregory S. Gilbert University of California - Santa Cruz
Nicholas J. Gotelli University of Vermont
Laura Gough University of Texas - Arlington
Michael H. Graham Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
Russell S. Greenberg Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Edwin D. Grosholz University of California - Davis
Fangliang He University of Alberta
Hugh Henry University of Western Ontario
Carlos M. Herrera Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)
Helmut Hillebrand Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg
Mark A. Hixon Oregon State University
J. Nathaniel Holland Rice University
David A. Holway University of California - San Diego
Feng Sheng Hu University of Illinois
Jef Huisman University of Amsterdam
Brian D. Inouye Florida State University
Rebecca E. Irwin Dartmouth College
Julia Jones Oregon State University
Bruce Kendall University of California - Santa Barbara
John N. Klironomos University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Walter D. Koenig Cornell University
Peter M. Kotanen University of Toronto
Burt P. Kotler Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Conrad C. Labandeira Smithsonian Institution
Kevin Lafferty USGS/University of California - Santa Barbara
Michael Lavine University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Sharon P. Lawler University of California - Davis
Peter R. Leavitt University of Regina
Martin J. Lechowicz McGill University
Jonathan M. Levine University of California - Santa Barbara
Andrea Lloyd Middlebury College
L. Philip Lounibos Florida Medical Entomology Lab
Robert J. Marquis University of Missouri - St. Louis
Frederick C. Meinzer USDA Forest Service
Randall J. Mitchell University of Akron
Steven G. Morgan Bodega Marine Laboratory
Douglas W. Morris Lakehead University
Paul P. Mou Beijing Normal University
Rose-Marie Muzika University of Missouri
Ken Brian Newman US Fish and Wildlife Service
Madan K. Oli University of Florida
Debra P. C. Peters USDA Agricultural Research Service
Kenneth F. Raffa University of Wisconsin - Madison
Robert A. Raguso Cornell University
Peter T. Raimondi University of California - Santa Cruz
John D. Reeve Southern Illinois University
Matthias C. Rillig Freie Universitt Berlin
Jay R. Rooker Texas A&M University
Barbara A. Roy University of Oregon
Roger W. Ruess University of Alaska
Nathan J. Sanders University of Tennessee
Orlando Sarnelle Michigan State University
John R. Sauer USGS
Daniel E. Schindler University of Washington
Sebastian Schreiber University of California - Davis
Alan L. Shanks University of Oregon
Stephen J. Simpson University of Sydney
Felisa A. Smith University of New Mexico
William E. Snyder Washington State Unviersity
William V. Sobczak Holy Cross College
Douglas C. Speirs University of Strathclyde
Diane S. Srivastava University of British Columbia
John J. Stachowicz University of California - Davis
Peter Steinberg University of New South Wales
Thomas J. Stohlgren USGS
Lewi Stone Tel Aviv University
Daniel Tompkins Landcare Research
Nora Underwood Florida State University
Mark C. Urban University of Connecticut
Thomas J. Valone St. Louis University
Geerat Vermeij University of California - Davis
Helene Wagner University of Toronto
David Wardle Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Jacob Weiner Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
David G. Williams University of Wyoming
Tony D. Williams Simon Fraser University
Michael C. Wimberly South Dakota State University
Kirk O. Winemiller Texas A&M University
Heiko U. Wittmer Victoria University of Wellington
Lorne M. Wolfe Georgia Southern University
Kerry Woods Bennington College
Truman P. Young University of California - Davis
Richard K. Zimmer University of California - Los Angeles

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