Instructions for Authors

Contents of EHS

Ecosystem Health and Sustainability will publish six types of articles:

Editorials are authoritative, informed, and often provocative pieces, written by experts, calling for action on topical issues pertaining to ecological research and its policy implications. Maximum length: 1000 words. Editorials will be written or commissioned by the editors.

Research Articles describe complex, original observational, experimental, or theoretical studies that, due to their very integrated nature, defy dissolution into shorter publications focused on a single topic or message. Articles typically follow the format of a traditional research article (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions). Writing must be clear and concise and quality of English must be high. Maximum length: 7000 words (not including figures, tables, and references); abstract: 250 words.

Critical Reviews are comprehensive, synthetic papers that describe recent developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight future directions for ecological research. Critical Reviews must be more than overviews of the literature and simple compilations of facts. They should reflect the development of a topic and encompass relevant natural history, observational and experimental data, analyses, models, and theory. Maximum length: 8000 words (not including figures, tables and references); abstract: 250 words.

Policy Forum papers are relatively short, high-impact discussion papers examining the implications of incorporating ecological theory, principles, and methods into policy making and/or practical resource management. Such papers should be forward looking and/or speculative, and should include discussion of new directions, new syntheses, and resolutions of existing and emerging issues. Maximum length: 2000 words; abstract: 100 words.

Comments and Replies will consist of short letters to the Editor, responding to papers that have previously been published in this or another publication. These letters may point out errors or omissions, discuss alternative interpretations of results in published papers, or offer comments or concerns regarding any topic of interest in macroecology and sustainability science. Maximum length: 800 words (not including figures, tables and references). A brief synopsis will be required at time of submission, but will not be published.

International Collaborative Studies are reports on important new results or progress in international collaborative ecological studies (transnational and multinational collaborative projects and programs, etc) of broad significance. The articles should be short and concise, with an abstract, an introductory paragraph, main progress and perspectives, a conclusions section, and up to four figures or tables. Maximum length: 3000 words (not including figures, tables and references); abstract: 250 words. Other information needed to support the paper’s conclusions should be included in the Supplementary Materials and will be linked to the article.