Marine Ecology

Cover image for Vol. 38 Issue 3

Edited By: Craig M. Young

Impact Factor: 1.177

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 63/105 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1439-0485

Overview


Effective with the 2013 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format. No printed issue of this title will be produced, but authors will still be able to order offprints of their articles. There will no longer be any charge for colour figures.

Marine Ecology publishes original contributions on the structure and dynamics of marine benthic and pelagic ecosystems, and on the critical links between ecology and evolution of marine organisms. The journal will prioritise contributions elucidating fundamental aspects of species' interaction and adaptation to the environment through integration of information from various organizational levels (molecules to ecosystems) and different disciplines (molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, marine biology, natural history, geography, oceanography, palaeontology and modelling) as viewed from an ecological perspective. The journal also focuses on population genetic processes, evolution of life histories, morphological traits and behaviour, historical ecology and biogeography, macro-ecology and seascape ecology, palaeoecological reconstruction and on ecological changes due to introduction of new biota, human pressure or climate change.

The Editors encourage theoretical and speculative contributions addressing the same issues in a section called 'Thinking Beyond the Data' (see below for details).


Aims and Scope


Marine Ecology publishes original contributions on the structure and dynamics of marine benthic and pelagic ecosystems, and on the critical links between ecology and evolution of marine organisms.


The journal prioritizes contributions elucidating fundamental aspects of species' interaction and adaptation to the environment through integration of information from various organizational levels (molecules to ecosystems) and different disciplines (molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, marine biology, natural history, geography, oceanography, palaeontology and modelling) as viewed from an ecological perspective. The journal also focuses on population genetic processes, evolution of life histories, morphological traits and behaviour, historical ecology and biogeography, macro-ecology and seascape ecology, palaeoecological reconstruction and on ecological changes due to introduction of new biota, human pressure or climate change.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts within one of the following formats:

General Submission
We seek original contributions on the structure and dynamics of marine benthic and pelagic ecosystems. Emphasis is on the critical links between ecology and evolution of marine organisms.

Thinking Beyond the Data
The forum 'Thinking Beyond the Data' encourages theoretical and speculative contributions presenting novel ideas and/or syntheses or challenging hypotheses on the functioning of marine ecosystems and their evolutionary history. In science, new insights and seminal views often anticipate or precede their verification, while producing in the scientific community an impressive intellectual turmoil which eventually leads to significant advances in knowledge. To date, there are few public opportunities to articulate those views and to share them with the scientific community. Thinking Beyond the Data is an attempt to give voice to such ideas if they can be consistently and clearly proposed, even when they are still in their embryonic phase.

The format is wide open, and will range from that of comments as short as 2-3 printed pages, to reviews up to 10-15 printed pages long. The title should preferentially be provocative and it is expected that the author will briefly expose the current view (with citations) and understanding of the specific issue to introduce his/her point of view.  The papers should pose new hypotheses to be tested or key questions to be answered. Authors should try to illustrate their ideas with figures or diagrams, while providing data or evidence (published or unpublished) on which the construct is based, thus providing readers and editors the opportunity to check for consistency.

Because the aim of Thinking Beyond the Data is to stimulate scientific debate on a broad range of issues in the ecological and evolutionary sciences, and to open new perspectives, the review process will be both internal (within the journal’s Editorial board) and external. Acceptance will be based largely on the clarity and consistency of the argument, as well as the pertinence to leading themes and aims of the journal.
The journal plans to process Thinking Beyond the Data manuscripts within four weeks, from receipt to final acceptance or rejection.

Special Topics
A collection of papers (4-12) addressing a single theme, related issues, or regional investigations. A special topic section may be initiated by a Guest Editor, or may represent a collection of general submission papers grouped by the Editors. This venue may be an appropriate outlet for research emerging from workshops, multi investigator projects, or long-term studies. If you are interested in initiating a special topics section and in serving as Guest Editor please contact Craig Young. Provide a one- paragraph description of the theme and a list of contributors with potential manuscript titles.

Short Communications
Short articles that present particularly novel or exciting results, introduce new theories or ideas linking ecology and evolution, or offer new methodological approaches. This format provides an opportunity for authors to (a) provide important results in concise form or (b) introduce significant new concepts or methods that are supported by a limited empirical data set. The papers should be highly original and represent ideas that will challenge current paradigms or approaches. They should stimulate thought, serving as precursors to new research programs or working groups.

Review Articles
Papers presenting an overview and synthesis of any theme relevant to the journal. We especially encourage articles linking particular facets of ecology and evolution. Reviews must not only present the work of others but must provide a novel synthesis that generates novel interpretations, reveals information gaps and yields future research directions. Authors considering submission of reviews should first consult Craig Young.  Please provide an abstract or outline of the proposed review.

Book Reviews
Please contact Michael Stachowitsch if you are interest in providing a book review. Only books of broad general interest will be considered.


Free Online Access in the Developing World
Free online access to this journal is available within institutions in the developing world through the AGORA Initiative with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the OARE Initiative (Online Access to Research in the Environment) with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

NIH Public Access Mandate
For those interested in the Wiley-Blackwell policy on the NIH Public Access Mandate, please visit our policy statement.


Keywords


marine ecology, ecology, marine, organisms, ecosystem, pelagic, benthic, underwater, observation, ecophysiology, evolution


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