Diversity and Distributions

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 10

Edited By: Janet Franklin

Impact Factor: 4.391

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 7/53 (Biodiversity Conservation); 24/153 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1472-4642

Associated Title(s): Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography

Overview


The journal was launched in 1998 and publishes twelve issues a year.


Aims and Scope


Diversity and Distributions is a journal of conservation biogeography. We publish papers that deal with the application of biogeographical principles, theories, and analyses (being those concerned with the distributional dynamics of taxa and assemblages) to problems concerning the conservation of biodiversity. We seek papers that address key issues, hypotheses or theories of wide interest from a conservation perspective. Papers must have a strong conservation focus.

The focus of the journal is the biogeography and ecology of diversity and distributions. Appropriate topics include: innovative applications or methods of species distribution modeling; paradigms, models and frameworks for conservation planning and risk assessment; and the influence of global change, including climate change, land use change and invasive species, on species distributions and range boundaries.

Diversity and Distributions makes provision for full-length research papers and reviews as well as short essays (up to 2000 words) considering biodiversity from a particular disciplinary, regional, political, or other standpoints ('Biodiversity Viewpoints'), and short items (up to 1000 words) of general interest with respect to biodiversity ('Biodiversity Letters').

Diversity and Distributions is a sister publication to Journal of Biogeography and Global Ecology and Biogeography.  The three journals have distinct but complementary focus areas within the broad field of biogeography.

Papers dealing with all aspects of spatial, ecological and historical biogeography are considered for publication in Journal of Biogeography. The mission of the journal is to contribute to the growth and societal relevance of the discipline of biogeography through its role in the dissemination of biogeographical research. To that end, the editorial policy is that the journal seeks to be representative of the discipline of biogeography, to be global in scope, and to be inclusive of major traditions and viewpoints within the discipline. Authors are particularly encouraged to submit concise, clearly written papers focused on precisely framed questions or hypotheses of broad interest to the wide international readership of the journal. Article formats include provocative Guest Editorials, short Commentaries and Correspondence, submissions of which are encouraged alongside standard research papers (Original Articles).

Global Ecology and Biogeography focuses on the emerging field of macroecology: the study of broad, consistent patterns in the ecological characteristics of organisms and ecosystems. The journal emphasizes studies that address general ecological hypotheses, explored and tested using data of broad geographic, taxonomic, or temporal scope. A variety of approaches are represented: empirical studies documenting ecological and biogeographic patterns, theoretical studies that explore the causes of those patterns, applied studies of impacts of anthropogenic influences, as well as methodological studies of the tools used to study these problems. Recent work published in Global Ecology and Biogeography has included topics such as broad-scale patterns of biodiversity, ecosystem responses to global climate change, historical and evolutionary biogeography, remote sensing of ecosystem properties, species abundance and species range patterns, and statistical methodologies. The journal was established in 1991 and is published in 12 issues a year.


Keywords


Diversity and Distributions, biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, economics, endangered species, ethics


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