Scientists around the world publish their research about ecology and environmental science in ESA’s scientific, peer-reviewed journals: Ecology, Ecological Monographs, Ecological Applications, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, and the open-access journal Ecosphere. In addition, the ESA’s quarterly publication The Bulletin covers ecological events, news, and reports of interest to the ecological community. The Bulletin also includes commentary and opinion on ecological issues, as well as the official record of the business of the Ecological Society of America.
As the largest journal in the ESA portfolio, Ecosphere published more than 400 articles in 2017. Our flagship journal Ecology, founded in 1920, continued its solid publishing history with 375 articles. Ecological Applications and Ecological Monographs published 205 and 36 articles, respectively. This year, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment launched the much-anticipated “Exploring Ecological Careers” series. Each open-access article highlights a different non-academic career, from jobs in NGOs and museums to a career as a science writer or policy advisor.
The ESA’s publishing partnership with John Wiley & Sons, begun in 2016, has resulted in broader distribution of our journals and dramatically higher online usage. In 2017, we also saw radically shorter publication times for all our journals – reducing the time to publication by 50% on average – and production windows continue to narrow as we refine our workflows. For our open-access journal Ecosphere, articles are generally published within 30 days of acceptance.
Journal Impact Factors and Rankings
In 2016, the Impact Factors (IF) of all ESA journals remained strong. The Impact Factor is an important metric of prestige and value of our publications to researchers, academics, and general scientific audiences worldwide.
IF Journal Name (Rank out of 153 journals)
8.759 Ecological Monographs (5)
8.039 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (7)
4.809 Ecology (20)
4.314 Ecological Applications (24)
2.49 Ecosphere (60)
Environmental Science Category
IF Journal Name (Rank out of 229 journals)
8.039 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (6)
4.314 Ecological Applications (31)
In The News
Throughout the year, ESA promotes research articles through writing press releases and working with universities, organizations, and federal agencies that also work to garner press. ESA’s in the news page regularly posts news articles resulting from journal articles.
Seabirds fitted with GPS lead scientists to feeding ‘hotspots’ The Times 7/7/2017
Satellite-tracking study gives new insights into where seabirds find food Irish Examiner 7/7/2017 UK and Irish seabirds search area size of Spain for food New Scientist 7/7/2017 Image Source: John Finn https://www.flickr.com
Scientists Evaluate Ways to Save Hawaiian Honeycreeper Maui Now 4/11/2017
Rare honeycreepers fighting decline West Hawaii Today 4/12/2017
Image Source: Eben Paxton, U.S. Geological Survey. Public domain.
How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climate Smithsonian Magazine 5/3/2017 Indigenous peoples, forest conservation and climate change: a decade of engagement The World Bank 5/4/2017 Image Source: World Bank
Bears, their hair and their fishy fare: Study gives new insight into grizzlies’ salmon diets The Globe and Mail 6/23/2017 New study maps out salmon hotspots across B.C. for bears CBS News 6/22/2017
Image Source: Jamen Rhodes
The strange Cook pine trees that always lean towards the equator New Scientist 6/2/2017
Why Do The Strange Cook Pine Trees Lean Toward The Equator? Study Reveals Science World Report 6/5/2017
Image Source: Deb Nystrom https://www.flickr.com/photos/stella12/32862451313/
Female dragonflies fake death to avoid males harassing them for sex Newsweek 5/28/2017 Female dragonflies fake sudden death to avoid male advances New Scientist 5/27/2017 Female dragonflies play dead to get rid of aggressive males NY Post 5/1/2017 Why female dragonflies go to extreme lengths to avoid sex National Geographic 5/1/2017 Image Source: USFWSmidwest
The Case for Mass Slaughter of Predators Just Got Weaker National Geographic 9/1/2016
Press Release: Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses Center for Biological Diversity 9/1/2016 Image Source: MacNeil Lyons, National Park Service, USFWSmidwest www.flickr.com
Bitumen from the oilsands could impact marine ecosystems in 15 ways, scientists say. Vice 12/22/2016 Scientists just found 15 ways Alberta’s oilsands sector can alter oceans National Observer (Canada) 12/20/2016 Image Source: Michael Collier
In 2016-2017, Ecosphere, Ecology, Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs, and the Bulletin joined Frontiers on Twitter, generating daily updates on their latest publications.
Authors of paper published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment are invited to write lay summaries and to create videos, animations, photo albums and more to accompany their paper. Posted to the ESA Facebook page and ESA’s blog, Ecotone, these accessible, public-friendly pieces are intended to spread the word about the cool science in ESA Frontiers to as broad an audience as possible. Frontiers authors published 18 lay summaries this year in conjunction with the Public Affairs Office.
Director: Steven Sayre
Peer Review Specialist: Jane Bain
Peer Review Specialist: Heather Carlo
Peer Review Manager: Ellen Cotter
Peer Review Manager: Anne Marie Whelan
Peer Review Assistant: Sarah Schneider
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Staff
Editor in Chief: Sue Silver
Senior Editor: Peter Mooreside
Assistant Editor: Heidi Swanson