Both the British Ecological Society and Journal of Animal Ecology have long been champions of research by early career ecologists. Indeed, there are many examples of early career researchers publishing their first papers from their dissertation in the pages of Journal of Animal Ecology. To continue, and hopefully enhance, that tradition, Journal of Animal Ecology is very happy to announce a new award targeted at early career researchers. With this award, we hope to inspire early career researchers working on any aspect of animal ecology to submit reviews or syntheses that might either summarize their dissertation work, provide new insights into classic areas of animal ecology, or might shed light on emerging fields in animal ecology.
Senior Editor, Journal of Animal Ecology
To enter, please submit an abstract of your proposed Review or a Synthesis paper as a .pdf by 12th August 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Synthesis/Review proposal” in the subject line.
Proposed papers should fit the Aims and Scope of the Journal and be a timely and novel contribution to the study of animal ecology.
Applicants should have commenced their PhD no more than 7 years prior to the deadline, although reasonable exceptions will be considered (e.g. parental leave or a substantial shift in research area).
The prize will be awarded to the early career researcher who proposed the article and who should take responsibility for leading and writing the paper. We therefore encourage submissions from single authors. If submission of the full paper is invited, any proposals with more than one author should supply a statement from the co-authors confirming that the majority of the work was undertaken by the lead author. An author contributions statement will also be published in all accepted articles.
The Senior Editors will evaluate the proposals and invite authors of papers showing exceptional promise to submit their paper within 3 months. All papers that are successfully pass the review process will be published.
The winning paper will feature prominently in the Journal and the recipient of the award will receive £250, a 12-month membership of the British Ecological Society (BES) and free registration for the BES annual meeting if they choose to attend to present their current research.