Global Ecology and Biogeography

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 9

Edited By: David J. Currie

Impact Factor: 7.242

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 1/46 (Geography Physical); 7/140 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1466-8238

Associated Title(s): Diversity and Distributions, Journal of Biogeography



Author Guidelines


Journal Scope

Global Ecology and Biogeography (GEB) welcomes papers that investigate broad-scale, general patterns in the organization of ecological systems and assemblages, and the processes that underlie them. In particular, GEB welcomes studies that use macroecological methods, comparative analyses, meta-analyses, reviews, spatial analyses, and modeling to arrive at general, conceptual conclusions. Studies in GEB need not be global in spatial extent, but the conclusions and implications of the study must be relevant to ecologists and biogeographers globally, rather than being limited to local areas, or specific taxa. Similarly, GEB is not limited to spatial studies; we are equally interested in the general patterns of nature through time, among taxa (e.g., body sizes, dispersal abilities), through the course of evolution, etc. Further, GEB welcomes papers that investigate general impacts of human activities on ecological systems in accordance with the above criteria.

Global Ecology and Biogeography generally does not publish studies that focus on unique events or places, or on specific taxa in local areas.

Getting published in GEB

A substantial proportion of manuscripts submitted to GEB are declined without review. The decision is based on:

· whether the paper fits the scope described above;
· whether the Abstract and the display pieces present conceptual advances that will be relevant to the work of ecologists and biogeographers globally. It should be obvious aspects of the work that researchers will want to discuss, teach, or cite.

It is very important that papers submitted to GEB be presented in a way that emphasizes their generality, and that the most citable points of the study are clearly presented in the Abstract and display pieces. Use the cover letter to highlight these points to the editors.

Requirements for submission

1. Manuscripts submitted to GEB must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
2. Every author named on the paper must provide written (or email) confirmation to the corresponding author that he/she consents to being named as an author on the manuscript, exactly as submitted to GEB. The corresponding author must be prepared to provide copies of this correspondence to the Editor-in-chief on request.
3. All manuscripts submitted to GEB will be scanned using software designed to detect plagiarism. In cases where plagiarism is found, the submission may be rejected and/or authors' institutions may be notified.
4. Authors must disclose any conflict of interest that might be perceived as affecting the objectivity of conclusions, even if the conflict is only apparent.
5. Manuscript must have been read and edited by someone whose first language is English.
6.There are no page charges for publication in GEB; however, the publisher does charge to print colour figures.

Manuscript types

1. Research papers – These are standard research papers, typically not longer than ten printed pages. This corresponds to roughly 5000 words in the main body of the text, 50 literature citations, and six to eight tables and figures. Papers that are shorter in one of these respects may be longer in another. Please use a structured Abstract, not longer than 300 words, with the following headings: Aim, Location, Methods, Results, Main conclusions.
2. Ecological Soundings – These are typically short pieces (2000 words or less) that present perspectives, opinions, etc. on important themes in the field. Ecological Soundings are not intended for preliminary research results. If you have an idea for a Soundings piece, please contact the Editor-in-chief before submitting.
3. Meta-analyses -- Statistical syntheses of earlier published analyses. Typically, these are not longer than ten printed pages. Please use a structured abstract, as described above.
4. Research reviews -- Reviews should strive to concisely and critically synthesize a subject, as opposed to being exhaustive. Before submitting a review, it may be worthwhile to consult the Editor-in-chief to determine if the subject is within GEB's scope.
5. Macroecological methods -- Presentation of new analytical techniques, new software, etc., or critical evaluation of methods in macroecology. Typically, these papers do not exceed ten printed pages. A structured abstract with the following headings should be used: Aim, Innovation, Main conclusions.
6. Correspondence -- GEB welcomes short items of correspondence (2500 words, including a single-paragraph abstract) prompted by papers published in the journal, or occasionally other journals.

Longer papers-- Authors may request that longer manuscripts be considered. However, page space in the journal is limited, and readers value concisely written manuscripts. In the cover letter, the author must justify why extra space is necessary. The reviewers and Handling Editor must agree. Rejection rates of long papers may be commensurately higher.

Formatting your manuscript

The essential points of GEB’s format are summarized below. Please consult a recent volume of the journal for details and examples.

1. General -- Please use line numbering.

2. Title page -- GEB papers should begin with a title page that includes:
      · the title
      · the names of all authors
      · the postal addresses and email addresses of the authors
      · a list of 6 -10 keywords
      · a short running-title
      · the name of corresponding author
      · the number of words in the Abstract
      · the number of words in main body of the paper, from the Introduction through the Biosketch (see below)
      · the number of references

3. Sections -- The sections of the paper should be presented in the following order: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Biosketch, Tables, Figure Legends, Figures, Supporting Information.

4. A Biosketch should be included: a short (30-100 words for one author, or up to 150 words for three authors) description of the research interests of the author(s). For papers with >3 authors, a biosketch should either focus on first author, or should be a general statement of the focus of the research team. Links to authors' web pages may be provided. Insert the biosketch after the literature references.

5. References -- In the text, references should be made by giving the author's name with the year of publication, as follows: (Bush & Rivera, 1998). When reference is made to a work by three or more authors the first name followed by et al. is used on all occasions. If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited, then a, b, c, etc., should be put after the year of publication: (Schoener & Schoener, 1983a,b). When citing a list of papers, place them in chronological order, and alphabetically within years. Separate references with semi-colons: (Schoener & Schoener, 1983a,b; Bush & Rivera, 1998; Collins, 1998).

References must be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper in the following standard forms (with titles of journals in full):

Cox, C. B. & Moore, P. D. (1999) Biogeography: an ecological and evolutionary approach, 6th edn. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford.
May, R.M. (1994) The effects of spatial scale on ecological questions and answers. Large-scale ecology and conservation biology (ed. by P.J. Edwards, R.M. May and N.R. Webb), pp. 1-17. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford.
Prentice, I.C., Guiot, J., Huntley, B., Jolly, D. & Cheddadi, R. (1996) Reconstructing biomes from palaeoecological data: a general method and its application to European pollen data at 0 and 6 ka. Climate Dynamics, 12, 185-194.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote for reference management and formatting. Visit Endnote to download the most up to date EndNote reference style for Global Ecology and Biogeography.

6. Supporting information -- List all appendices, each with a brief title, e.g.:
      Appendix S1 Bird species recorded in this study
      Appendix S2 Supplementary methods

7. Figures and tables -- Every figure and table must have a legend that makes the display piece understandable without reference to the main text. All acronyms and abbreviations used in the display piece must be defined in its legend. A casual browser of the literature should be able to easily grasp the point of the display piece. It is often worthwhile to add a sentence summarizing what conclusions the reader should draw from the display piece.

8. Colour art work -- There is a charge to print colour figures. If there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley Blackwell require you to complete and return a Colour Work Agreement Form before your paper can be published.  Once completed, please return the form to Customer Services (OPI) by post (fax or scan is not acceptable) to following address: Customer Services (OPI), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, European Distribution Centre, New Era Estate, Oldlands Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 9NQ. This form must be returned before the paper can be published.

It may be possible, at no charge, to use colour figures in the on-line versions (html and pdf), of your manuscript and black & white (grey scale) in the printed copy. However, colour and grey-scale versions of figures must both be understandable. Authors wishing to pursue this option should furnish both the colour and the grey scale versions of the figures in the review copy of the manuscript. The figure legend must apply equally well to both versions (thus, it cannot refer to a colour). Note that, while a rainbow spectrum (ROYGBIV) is excellent in a colour figure, it does not convert well to grey scale because highest and lowest values (red and violet) both print as dark grey, while mid-values (yellow) print as pale grey.

Please avoid colour scales based on red and green, as these colours may be indistinguishable to colour-blind readers.

Under exceptional circumstances, authors may request the above charges to be waived. This must be done, in writing, at the time of submission of the manuscript, and authors must justify to the Editor that inclusion of the figure(s) in colour is essential for interpretation of the results presented. If authors wish to apply for funds to cover the costs of colour printing, the Editor will provide relevant support letters to funding bodies, indicating acceptance of the paper.

9. Supporting Information contains material to be put in on-line appendices. This material may include raw data, long tables, supporting analyses, etc. Supporting Information should be cited in the main text, initially as "Appendix S1 in Supporting Information", and later as simply "Appendix S1" (or S2, S3, etc.). Supporting information is not necessarily peer-reviewed, nor is it edited. The onus is on the author to ensure that material is correct at the time of submission. Note: if authors supply links to their own web sites, Wiley Blackwell is not responsible for the material on these sites. Further information on Supporting Information is available here.

10. Other formatting details -- please see section below on 'Some details about formats'.

Submitting your manuscript

1. All manuscripts must be submitted on-line, through ScholarOne Manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/geb.
2. The manuscript should be uploaded as a single text file (e.g., Word) with figures embedded in the same file. A PDF file will then automatically be created for reviewing purposes. Full instructions and support for authors can be found at the Site. We can accept LaTeX files, but authors must generate and upload their own PDF file.
3. Appendices should be uploaded as one or more separate files.
4. Upload as well containing any supporting documents to which authors should have access: e.g., manuscripts by the same authors that are still in press and that are cited in the submitted paper.
5. Authors may suggest (positively or negatively) a handling editor and/or possible reviewers at the time of submission.
6. You will be able to track your article through the review process on Scholar One.

Declined manuscripts

This journal works together with Wiley’s Open Access Journal, Ecology and Evolution, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors may be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editors of Ecology and Evolution. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. The Editors of Ecology and Evolution will accept submissions that report well-conducted research which reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Ecology and Evolution is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply.  More information can be found here.

After acceptance

1. After acceptance, Wiley Blackwell’s Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ for more details.

2. Copyright -- If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the corresponding author will receive an email prompting him or her to login into Author Services. There, the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) will ask the corresponding author to complete a license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose either a copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or an OnlineOpen option. With a CTA, there is no charge to publish the paper. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article open access. With OnlineOpen the author, their funding agency, or institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites. In addition to publication online via Wiley Online Library, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository, or other free public server, immediately on publication.

If you want your article to be open access please choose the appropriate licence agreement when you log in to Wiley’s Author Services system. Click on ‘Make my article OnlineOpen’ and choose the appropriate license by clicking on ‘Sign license agreement now’ when you log in to Wiley’s Author Services system.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust or by members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license that complies with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406074.html.

3. Proofs -- Authors will be sent an e-mail alerting them that their PDF proof is available for download. Proofs should be marked-up electronically using the Acrobat’s PDF annotation tools, and returned by e-mail to the address below. The annotation software can be downloaded free of charge from the following web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. Instructions on using the annotation tools are given at the end of the proof. If you are unable to electronically annotate the proof, authors may mark-up hardcopy. Please return your corrected proofs to the Production Editor within two weeks of receipt. Major alterations to the text and illustrations are only accepted when absolutely necessary; the additional costs may be charged to the author.

4. Offprints --  Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services when your paper is accepted if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits that Author Service offers (see next section). Paper offprints may also be purchased and should be ordered when you return your proof corrections by following the instructions supplied at the time.

5. Early View -- As soon as the proofs of a GEB article have received final approval from the authors and the editors, the article will be posted on-line on the GEB website under Early View. Articles will thus be available without having to wait for the next available published issues. Articles in Early View are in their final form, and cannot be modified after on-line publication. Each article published on-line is assigned a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) number, making the citable. We will endeavor to get accepted articles on line as quickly as possible. More information about DOI numbers can be found at http://www.doi.org/faq.html.

6. Data archiving -- It is important in science, and it is increasingly viewed as standard practice, to deposit the data supporting scientific publications in a publically accessible archive such as the Dryad Digital Data Depository (http://www.datadryad.org/). GEB strongly encourages authors to ensure that data will remain available for future syntheses by using a data depository.

Data Accessibility

Authors who wish to provide a consolidated statement of how other readers can access the data used in their paper may wish to refer to outside data repositories where they have deposited their data, e.g. Dryad, Pangaea, or others. If so, this statement should be included after the Supporting Information section and before the Biosketch entry. A typical entry might read as follows:

DATA ACCESSIBILITY

All topographic and environmental GIS layers, the habitat suitability model and BTM results generated for this study are available as raster grids from the Pangaea database: http://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.808540.

Contact us : queries, concerns, suggestions

Please direct queries to the editorial office geboffice@wiley.com, or to the Editor-in-chief at geb@uottawa.ca. The Editor-in-chief welcomes any suggestions or concerns you may have about the journal or about the handling of your paper.

Global Ecology and Biogeography is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/).

Some details about formats

Abbreviations and units and nomenclature
SI units (m, km2, kg, etc.) are preferred. Statistics and measurements should always be given in figures, i.e. 10 km, except where the number begins the paragraph. When the number does not refer to a unit of measurement, it is spelt out (e.g. three samples), except where the number is greater than 100. Use: negative exponents (e.g. t year-1, not t/year); L for litres; 24-hour clock format; and format dates as 31 March 1999. The word ‘Figure’ should be abbreviated in the text, e.g. Fig. 1, Figs 2 and 3.  The correct nomenclatural authorities for all taxa must be given on their first appearance in the text, in Tables, or figure captions, unless a general reference to a standard source can be provided at an appropriate place. A list of preferred abbreviations and naming conventions is available here.

Headings
Main text: Three different weights of headings are available:
A: New line, full out left, all capitals, bold type; following text on new line not indented; [example A LEVEL HEADING]
B: New line, full out left, initial capital letter first word only, bold type; following text on new line not indented; [example B level heading]
C: New line, full out left, initial capital letter first word only, italic; following text on new line not indented; [example C level heading]

Running title heading: A short running title should be included on the cover page for Research Papers, Research Reviews, Ecological Soundings and Meta-Analayes, and should be less than 60 characters (max.) in length (including spaces).

Tables
Tables must be typed on separate sheets and numbered consecutively (Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Column headings should be brief: with units of measurement in parentheses. Tables should be typed as text, using ‘tabs’ (not spaces) to align columns. The use of table editors should be avoided. Do not use graphics software to create tables.

Figures, Illustrations and Maps
All illustrations (including photographs) are classified as figures and should be numbered consecutively (Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.). When submitting a manuscript to ScholarOne Manuscripts, authors should upload a single text file with embedded figures.  Upon your manuscript being accepted for publication, please supply separate files containing electronic versions of your figures (see File Formats, below). Please note that your paper will go through production more quickly if instructions on content and format are followed carefully.Each figure must have a legend that makes the material completely understandable. Legends should be presented separately from the figures, in a list at the end of the manuscript. Label multi-panel figures (a), (b), (c), etc., preferably in the upper left corner, and refer to them in the text as, for example, Fig. 1(a). Please ensure that electronic artwork is prepared such that, after reduction to fit across one or two columns or two-thirds width (80 mm, 169 mm or 110 mm, respectively) as required, all lettering and symbols will be clear and easy to read, i.e. no labels should be too large or too small (not smaller than 9 point). Avoid using tints if possible; if they are essential to the understanding of the figure, try to make them coarse.

Maps at continental to global extents should be left unprojected when it is important to be able to read values from the map at precise locations defined by latitude and longitude (e.g., a global map of primary productivity). In contrast, when comparisons of area are important (e.g. species distributions), equal-area map projections (e.g. Mollweide or Aitoff's) are preferable. Authors must indicate the precise projection employed in the caption. On these maps, the equatorial scale should be indicated, while scale information should be provided, preferably as a scale bar within the figure, for all maps of whatever size and area.

File Formats
After acceptance of your manuscript for publication, figure files should be supplied as follows. Photographic figures should be saved in tif format at 300 d.p.i. (or failing that in jpg format with low compression, using RBG colour). Line figures should be saved as vector graphics (i.e. composed of lines, curves, points and fonts; not pixels) in eps or pdf format, or embedded as such in Word, as this enhances their display when published online.
Combination figures (those composed of vector and pixel/raster elements) should also be saved in eps or pdf format where possible (or embedded as such in Word). If line figures and combination figures cannot be saved in vector graphics format, they should be saved in tif format at high resolution (i.e. 600 d.p.i.) (do not save them in jpg format). If you are unsure about the resolution of your tif files, please zoom in and check that fonts, curves and diagonal lines are smooth-edged and do not appear blocky when viewed at high magnification. Note that line and combination figures supplied in tif format are downsampled for online publication and so authors should preferentially opt for vector graphic formats for these figure types (full resolution tif files are used for print publication).

Full artwork guidelines are given on the publisher’s web site.

Revised 10 February 2014

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