What makes a great paper for Journal of Animal Ecology?

In this video Executive Editor Ken Wilson discusses what he is looking for from a great paper for Journal of Animal Ecology. The message from Ken is that papers must have a clear structure, clear message, clear narrative & be genuinely novel.

Ken goes onto discuss our popular feature papers including Synthesis and ‘How to…’ papers. Ken discusses how synthesis papers are reviews focused on long term cases studies of particular systems or environments  while ‘How to…’ papers are methodological papers aimed at readers new to to a field and are designed as a guide of how to us a particular technique.

If you are interested in submitting a Synthesis or ‘How to…’ paper our guidelines for these paper types can be found here. If you would like to discuss a proposal please contact the editorial office at admin@journalofanimalecology.org.

We are recruiting for a blog editor

86_1_coverWe are looking for an Associate Editor for this blog. The aim of the blog is to provide the latest journal updates and, in particular, to serve as a forum for informative and stimulating discussion of topics in the field of animal ecology. Posts are variously contributed by the Senior Editors, the Assistant Editor and other members of the Editorial board.

The Blog Editor will be responsible for commissioning content for the blog and will work closely with the rest of the Journal’s editorial board and editorial office to determine regular content. We aim to publish 3–4 posts per month. In the rare cases where there is disagreement regarding content, all final Editorial decisions will rest with the Editorial Office. Continue reading

The Future of Data Archiving

At the BES Annual Meeting 2015 in Edinburgh, a lively debate was held on the future of data archiving. The debate was recorded and the video can be viewed here.

The British Ecology Society (BES) has been mandating the archiving of data for all papers published in its journals since January 2014, so with the mandate having been in place for over 2 years this was a good opportunity to take stock of the impacts and look to the future. While it is recognised that data archiving presents both financial and time costs to researchers, the benefits of data preservation and validation of results help to advance science. The aim of the debate was to provide the opportunity for researchers to debate the pros and cons of data archiving in an open format. Continue reading