Open Call for Special Feature Proposals

The editors of Journal of Ecology would like to invite proposals for new special features to be published in the journal. Journal of Ecology has been publishing special features since 2008, and recent examples include Biotic Controls of Plant Coexistence, Ecological Succession in a Changing World and Macroevolutionary Perspectives on Biotic Interactions. We will now…

Do latex and resin spur diversification? Re-examining a classic example of escape-and-radiate coevolution

Michael Foisy and colleagues contributed a paper to our latest special feature: Macroevolutionary perspectives on biotic interactions. Find out more about their paper below. A brief history of the project When an insect chomps on a plant, sometimes the plant tissue will release latex or resin – a “goo” that can be toxic, difficult to digest,…

Harper Review 2016 – meet the author

This year we published the first of our annual Harper Review series. The series is named after past BES President and Journal of Ecology Editorial Board member, the late John L. Harper CBE FRS and is designed to be thought provoking, authoritative and of broad interest to the ecological community. Our inaugural review was written by…

New Faces Behind the Scenes

The Journal of Ecology team is pleased to welcome Emilie Aimé and James Ross, two new faces to Charles Darwin House, the London-based BES Office. Below is a short bio penned by each of them. Authors and reviewers will mostly be working with James who has replaced Lauren Sandhu as Assistant Editor. We were sad…

Endangered Species Day 2016 – Plants are endangered too!

Today is Endangered Species Day and to mark the occasion the BES journals have put together a Virtual Issue of recent papers on endangered species of various taxa from around the world. Journal of Ecology papers are strongly represented, showing that endangered species day is about more than just lions and tigers! The papers from Journal of…

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…

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…

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…

Accessing article level metrics

Tracking the uptake of primary articles in the scientific literature via the social media is now widely accepted as a valid measure of the value of our work. In an earlier blog post we presented some data on article level metrics (ALMs: altmetrics) of Journal of Ecology articles from 2012. We are pleased that readers…