Insect Conservation and Diversity– making an impact


We are pleased to announce that Insect Conservation and Diversity (ICAD) has received its first Thomson Reuters ISI journal impact factor of 1.621, which is higher than we had earlier anticipated (Didham et al., 2010) and places the journal in 14th position within the entomology listing. This is a real achievement for the launch of a new journal in entomology and one of which our authors, Editorial Board members and publishers can be justifiably proud. Not only does this emphasise the high quality of our contributors but also demonstrates the importance of our subject area. Our papers are being cited far and wide and not just by entomologists. Our research areas are of broad relevance and have an impact across the fields of conservation biology and ecology.

In 2009 we received almost twice as many submissions as in the previous year and the very high quality of those submissions has made the decision-making process very difficult. To those authors that have suffered disappointment, we offer our condolences but hope you understand that one rejection does not mean that we will not welcome your future submissions. Our goal is both to maintain the highest standards of excellence in published manuscripts, and to keep the time to publication as short as possible. We are, however, looking forward to increased page numbers for 2011 in order to ensure that we can accommodate the increasing number of high quality submissions.

We have also produced our second Virtual Issue, this time on the responses of wood and litter arthropods to anthropogenic disturbance, highlighting the importance of those two microhabitats to biodiversity and ecosystem processes. Future themes will include the conservation management of grassland habitats.

Looking back at the 95 articles published by ICAD during its 3 years of existence, we noticed that only four articles (4%) were related to extreme environments as habitats for arthropods: one dealing with subarctic beetles in Argentina (Fergnani et al., 2010), one with canopy termites in Panama, one with the fauna of phytotelmata in Argentina (Montero et al., 2010), and one with canopy bees in USA (Ulyshen et al., 2010). We would appreciate submissions related to this theme, including marine, cave, arctic, desert, alpine environments, hot water sources, forest canopies, and so on. On the latter, may we remind our readers that submissions are certainly not limited to tropical forest canopies. The canopy of temperate forests represents a challenging environment for many arthropod species, which has been little studied to date, as a timely compilation attests (Floren & Schmidl, 2008).

We welcome you to this first issue of 2011 and hope that you will continue to read and submit articles. We would also like to express our gratitude to the efforts of our Editors, Associate Editors, Editorial Board members, our referees and our authors, without whom we would never have achieved this initial success.