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Ecology and Evolution

All articles accepted from 14 August 2012 are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.  All articles accepted before this date, were published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License.

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Editors-in-Chief: Allen Moore, University of Georgia, USA and Andrew Beckerman, University of Sheffield, UK

Impact Factor: 1.658

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 85/141 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 2045-7758



Author Guidelines


Ecology and Evolution - steps to publication

1. Submit or confirm your submission at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ecologyandevolution.
2. We will send you an email confirmation of your submission details.
3. After review and acceptance, you will be prompted to sign the Open Access Agreement form at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ecologyandevolution. Payment of the article publication charge will be required. You can then track the progress of your article through Wiley Author Services.
4. You will receive notification that your proof is ready for review, and be able to make corrections to your article using e-annotation tools for electronic proof correction.
5. Your article will publish on Wiley Online Library. If you have previously signed up for alerts through Wiley’s Author Services, you will be sent an email when your article is published online.

PUBLICATION FORMS
The open access agreement is administered electronically. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the Open Access Agreement license on behalf of all authors on the paper.

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF
A
llen Moore, allen.moore@ecolevol.org

Andrew Beckerman, andrew.beckerman@ecolevol.org

Address correspondence to the Editorial Office:
ecoevo@wiley.com

SUBMISSION
The Journal requires that authors submit electronically via the online submission site at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ecologyandevolution.

MANUSCRIPT TYPES

  • Original research articles  
  • Reviews
  • Editorials
  • Hypotheses


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
Manuscripts must be submitted in grammatically correct English. Manuscripts that do not meet this standard cannot be reviewed. Authors for whom English is a second language may wish to consult an English-speaking colleague or consider having their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication. A manuscript is considered for review and possible publication on the condition that it is submitted solely to Ecology and Evolution, and that the manuscript or a substantial portion of it is not under consideration elsewhere.

Manuscript preparation
We place very few restrictions on the way in which you prepare your article, and it is not necessary to try to replicate the layout of the journal in your submission. We ask only that you consider your reviewers by supplying your manuscript in a clear, generic and readable layout, and ensure that all relevant sections are included. Our production process will take care of all aspects of formatting and style. The list below can be used as a checklist to ensure that the manuscript has all the information necessary for successful publication.

  • Title page, including title, authors’ names, authors’ affiliations, and contact information*
  • Abstract and 4–6 keywords
  • Concise cover letter focused on the question the manuscript attempts to address
  • Text (introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion)
  • Literature cited (see below for tips on references)
  • Tables (may be sent as a separate file if necessary)
  • Figure legends
  • Acknowledgements, including details of funding bodies with grant numbers

*You will be asked to provide the full address information for the corresponding author. Please be sure to do this, as the processing of your manuscript may be delayed without complete address information for the corresponding author.

*Please note: if you are transferring your manuscript and associated reviews from another journal, you do not need to reformat your manuscript. If you chose to do so, please upload a clean version of the revised manuscript, a version with the changes tracked or otherwise highlighted, and a point-by-point response to reviews.

Authorship
Ecology and Evolution adopts the authorship and contributorship criteria provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The ICMJE authorship criteria state 'authorship credit' should be based on:

  1. substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. final approval of the version to be published.

Authors must meet all 3 conditions. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section.

References
As with the main body of text, the completeness and content of your reference list is more important than the format chosen. A clear and consistent, generic style will assist the accuracy of our production processes and produce the highest quality published work, but it is not necessary to try to replicate the journal’s own style, which is applied during the production process. If you use bibliographic software to generate your reference list, select a standard output style, and check that it produces full and comprehensive reference listings. A guide to the minimum elements required for successful reference linking appears below. The final journal output will use the ‘Harvard’ style of reference citation. If your manuscript has already been prepared using the ‘Vancouver’ system, we are quite happy to receive it in this form. We will perform the conversion from one system to the other during the production process.

Minimum reference information

Journal Article
Author(s) in full
Year of publication
Article title
Journal title (preferably not abbreviated)
Volume number
Issue number
Page range

Book
Author(s) in full
Year of publication
Book title
Place of publication
Publisher
No. Pages

Book Chapter
Author(s) in full
Year of publication
Chapter title
Book Author/Editor
Book title
Place of publication
Publisher
Page range

Online resources
References to online research articles should always include a DOI, where available. When referring to other Web pages, it is useful to include a date on which the resource was accessed.

File Types and Submission
Preferred editable file formats for the text and tables of your manuscripts are .doc, .docx, .rtf, .ppt, .xlss, .xlsx. Any tables must be on separate pages after the reference list and not incorporated into the main body of text. All figures should be separated from the main document and uploaded as separate files designated as “Figures”, preferably as .eps and/or .tiff file formats.

LATEX files may be submitted. For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf or word document that you have generated from your source files. Please designate this file from the dropdown box as “Main Document”. All source files should then be uploaded as well under the file designation “Supplemental Material not for Review”. All previous file versions must be deleted.

Tables
All tables must be cited in the text in the order that they should appear.

Figures
All figures must be cited in the text in the order that they should appear. Illustrations are an important medium through which to convey the meaning in your article, and there is no substitute for preparing these to the highest possible standard. Therefore, please create your illustrations carefully with reference to our graphics guidelines (see http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp). It is very difficult to improve an image that has been saved or created in an inappropriate format. We realize that not everyone has access to high-end graphics software, so the following information may help if you are having difficulty in deciding how to get the best out of the tools at your disposal.

Cover Images: Ecology and Evolution encourages you to submit a picture of the organism(s) studied in your paper to be considered for our online journal cover and for potential publication on the official Wiley Open Access blog. Please designate this image as Figure 1 (if appropriate).

1. Check your software options to see if you can ‘save as’ or ‘export’ using one of the robust, industry-standard formats. These are:

  • Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)
  • Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

2. As a general rule of thumb, images that contain text and line art (graphs, charts, maps, etc.) will reproduce best if saved as EPS or PDF. If you choose this option, it is important to remember to embed fonts. This ensures that any text reproduces exactly as you intend.

3. Images that contain photographic information are best saved as TIFF or PNG, as this ensures that all data are included in the file. JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) should be avoided if possible, as information is lost during compression; however, it is acceptable for purely photographic subjects if the image was generated as a JPEG from the outset (many digital cameras, for example, output only in JPEG format).

4. If you are not sure which format would be the best option, it is always best to default to EPS or PDF as these are more likely to preserve the high-quality characteristics of the original.

5. Microsoft Office. If you have generated your images in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), or similar, it is often best simply to send us the files in their native file formats.

6. Please ensure all images are a minimum of 600 dpi.

Metric system
The metric system should be used for all measurements, weights, etc. Temperatures should be expressed in degrees Celsius (centigrade).

Supporting Information and Appendices
Authors are encouraged to submit Supporting Information or Appendices that could aid readers in understanding the authors' findings. This may include (but is not limited to) additional figures, tables, video clips, movies and animations (QuickTime, mpeg, SWF), data sets, and program code. Supporting Information must be submitted at the time of peer review, although the reviewers and editors may also suggest that figures or tables be provided as Supporting Information during the review process. Supporting Information should be numbered in order, but independently of figures in the main article. Please note that supplementary material is not edited by the publisher after final acceptance by the editors, and is posted online in the format in which it is supplied. We would encourage you, where possible and appropriate, to include additional figures and tables in an Appendix in your main manuscript document instead of designating it as Supporting Information. To ensure that others will be able to view your supplementary material, it is best to supply the files in a popular format that most readers have the software to access.

CrossCheck
CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Ecology and Evolution uses iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. To find out more about CrossCheck visit http://www.crossref.org/crosscheck.html.

Proofs
Soon after acceptance, you will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site to access your proofs for final content correction within our rapid production workflow. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Once you have submitted your corrections, the production office will finalize the layout of your article for publication.

Reprints
As this is an open access journal, you have free, unlimited access to your article online. However, if you wish to obtain printed reprints, these may be ordered online: http://offprint.cosprinters.com (Email: offprint@cosprinters.com)

Production Questions
Please direct any questions regarding the production of your article to the Production Editor at ECE@wiley.com

Policy on data archiving
The Journal Ecology and Evolution requires, as a condition for publication, that data supporting the results in the paper should be archived in an appropriate public archive, such as GenBank, TreeBASE, Dryad, the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity or other suitable long-term and stable public repositories. Data are important products of the scientific enterprise, and they should be preserved and usable for decades in the future. Authors may elect to have the data publicly available at time of publication, or, if the technology of the archive allows, may opt to embargo access to the data for a period of up to a year after publication. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the editor, especially for sensitive information such as a human subject data or the location of endangered species.

Informed consent
Ecology and Evolution requires that all appropriate steps be taken in obtaining informed consent of any and all human and/or experimental animal subjects participating in the research comprising the manuscript submitted for review and possible publication, and a statement to this effect must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript. Identifying information should not be included in the manuscript unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the study participants or patients (or parents or guardians) give written informed consent for publication.

Protection of human subjects and animals in research
A statement indicating that the protocol and procedures employed were reviewed and approved by the appropriate institutional review committee must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript. When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. For research involving recombinant DNA, containment facilities and guidelines should conform to those of the National Institutes of Health or corresponding institutions. For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Helsinki Declaration should be followed. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

Disclosure statement
Ecology and Evolution requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise, that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. Potential sources of conflict of interest include, but are not limited to, patent or stock ownership, membership of a company board of directors, membership of an advisory board or committee for a company, and consultancy for or receipt of speaker's fees from a company. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in this journal.

If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to list on the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript (under the Acknowledgements section), and in the online submission system ALL pertinent commercial and other relationships.

The above policies are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals produced by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/).

last updated 02/07/2014

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