Updated Journal Aims and Scope

Following some excellent feedback and comments at our most recent BES Editor’s Strategy Day (see photo below), we have updated the wording of our journal scope. The updated scope reads: Journal of Ecology publishes original articles on all aspects of the ecology of plants (including algae), in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. We will publish…

The BES does it again in Edinburgh

Yes, the British Ecological Society has done it again with a fabulous Annual Meeting this time in Edinburgh, Scotland. As I write this, there is a day to go, although I’ve had to leave early to get back to my institution to torture students with end of term exams. The two days of the meeting…

ESA’s Centennial: A Swarm of Ecologists

I don’t know what the collective term is for a lot of ecologists gathered together at one time, but given my past experience with ESA Annual Meetings, a swarm seems to be an appropriate word. I’ll be attending this year’s Centennial Meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore and fully expect to be…

Journal of Ecology representation at the ESA Annual Smorgasbord

It’s that time of the year again when ecologists from around the globe descend upon a convention center in North America for a week-long frenzy of eco-geeking.  I missed last year’s bash in Minneapolis because I chose to wait a couple of weeks and attend the British Ecological Society’s Centenary celebration in London (see why here).  But,…

Amicus curiae and allowing the posting of preprints

The Journal of Ecology along with the other British Ecological Society journals will now allow submission of manuscripts that have been previously posted on recognized preprint archives such as arXiv and PeerJ PrePrints and the new bioRχiv. We still won’t publish work that’s already been published, you have to tell us where a manuscript has…

Reflections on #INT13

INTECOL 2013 and the BES Centenary celebrations are over, but for me the event hosted in the old docklands area of east London will be remembered for a long time. Remembered for what? It was my pleasure to listen to many excellent talks ranging from detailed presentations of narrowly focused research, to the wide ranging…

Coming home to INTECOL

So having missed the ESA annual meeting this year, as a British Expat I’m very much looking forward to coming home to the UK to attend INTECOL which is being held in the greatest city in the world, London. Warm beer, steak and kidney pie, fish n’ chips, rain, yes, I’m looking forward to INTECOL…