Restoration Ecology

Cover image for Vol. 24 Issue 5

Edited By: Stephen Murphy

Impact Factor: 1.891

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 72/149 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1526-100X

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts Categories

  • Research Articles (<7000 words) that present research on restoration and ecological principles that help explain restoration processes, public and private policy and management, and socio-ecological aspects of restoration ecology. These types of articles will have a deep theoretical framework and be more generalizable, i.e. they don't focus on single case studies
  • Setbacks and Surprises Articles (<7000 words) that document setbacks and surprising results or issues encountered during restoration research; the focus here is shifted to the need to adjust or respond during research as opposed to solely focusing on the original research itself
  • Review Articles* (<7000 words) that comprehensively summarize the literature on specialized aspects of restoration
  • Case-Based Articles (Technical Articles + Policy/Practical Articles) (<4000 words) that describe pioneer techniques likely to be of use to other practicing restoration ecologists. This type of article is best suited where the focus is on a smaller number of case studies or single but unique or large-scale case study; they may be technique-driven, methodology focused, or may be an in-depth examination of decision-making, monitoring, planning, implementation or policy relevance of the case study or studies. These have a briefer introduction and less focus on theoretical frameworks in favor of a focus on technical approaches and outcomes
  • Opinion Articles + Strategic Issues Articles* (<4000 words) that provide well-argued commentary, analysis, or discussions of strategic issues relevant to restoration ecology; while there is more latitude in terms of content for these categories, they should still be supported by relevant and valid literature
  • Response Articles* + Short Communication Articles* (<2000 words) allow authors to formally respond to earlier articles or provide space for a counter-response. The Short Communications category provides space for concise and relevant work that does not seem to fit the above categories

           *Please consult the Managing Editor or Editor-in-Chief about your ideas before submitting these types of articles.

  • Book Reviews are solicited by the Book Review Editor, Prof Jelte van Andel ( All books for possible review should be sent directly to him

Note that the word count includes all text from the first word of the Introduction through the last word of the Literature Cited; it excludes captions for tables and figures and the body of tables

Manuscript Submission

Submission of a manuscript and any revision to Restoration Ecology implies that:

      - the work is original and may be screened for content published elsewhere and other sources of information

      - the work has not been published before and it is not being considered for publication elsewhere

      - all authors have contributed sufficiently to the work, take responsibility for appropriate sections of it and agree to be listed

      - the work and its submission to publication have been approved by all authors, institutions and authorities directly involved

      - the work complies with institutional, national and international laws and ethics guidelines on animal/endangered species

      - manuscripts will be assessed and sent out for peer review only at the discretion of the Editors

      - suggested reviewers must not have close relationships with any of the authors, and the identity of reviewers is kept confidential

      - accepted manuscripts will be published under Wiley terms of publication (see below for conditions of copyright transfer OnlineOpen options).

Submit your manuscripts via In case of difficulty,you may alternatively submit directly to the Editorial Office.You should submit:

1. cover letter with any relevant information (e.g. invited manuscript, manuscript for special issue/section, responses to reviewers’ comments in case of resubmission of a manuscript rejected by the journal)

2. manuscript as single file inclusive of main text, tables, figure caption and figures; editable/source files only (MS Word preferred)

3. supporting information, if any, as a separate file.

Any queries should be directed to Dr Valter Amaral, Managing Editor (

Manuscript Preparation

General: number all pages and lines consecutively,use double line spacing and US English spelling,avoid hyphenation, footnotes and style tags. Preferred format is MS Word. Make sure to report all relevant sampling and statistical details (e.g. number of replicates, df, statistical power, etc).

Structure your manuscript following the sections below and please consult recent publications of the journal and the Restoration Ecology Style Guide for details and guidance.

Title: Make use of Search Engine Optimization (SEO); make a brief description of the work and incorporate a key phrase related to your topic; include words useful for indexing and information retrieval within the first 65 characters.

Running head: provide a shortened title(3 to 6 words).

Authors and addresses: clearly identify the corresponding author and respective email address; for each author provide full address with zip or postal code and current address, if applicable.

Author contributions: (<50 words) briefly indicate the chronology of author (use initials) contributions to each specific manuscript task (repeat authors as necessary but not tasks). E.g.: ‘SM, VA, CN conceived and designed the research; VA performed the experiments; SM, VA analyzed the data; AM, CN contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools; SM, VA, CN wrote and edited the manuscript’. Those who contributed to the work but do not qualify for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgments.

Abstract: (<250 words; <100 words for Response and Short Communication Articles) state the goals, methods, principal results and major conclusions of the work. Use SEO; incorporatepopular scientific search terms (e.g. Google Trends, Google Adwordskey words tool) that another researcher might search on to find your article;repeat your popular key words and phrases 3-4 times throughout the abstract in a natural, contextual way (note that excessive repetition may result in search engines un-indexing your article).

Key words: Use SEO to alphabetically list 5 to 8 key words useful for indexing and information retrieval. Include the key words and phrases you repeated in the abstract but do not duplicate words in the title.

Implications : (<120 words) provide the applicable following summary in 2 to 5 bullet point and plain English. Do not give a summary of your work or highlights without appropriate relevance.

     Implications for Practice - For research-based articles summarize the key findings with relevance for practical purposes; particularly important for articles that are technique driven.

     Conceptual Implications - For theoretical-based articles, summarize the key and novel interpretation/perspectives on conceptual paradigms and theoretical frameworks.

Main text: Research, Setbacks and Surprises, and Technical Articles must be organized as: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion - other article types may use a more flexible structure. Consider using subheadings to improve readability and flow; incorporate your popular key words and phrases in these subheadings as appropriate. Cite only the most pertinent references.

     In-line citations - use chronological order, '&' instead of 'and' for citations with 2 authors, 'et al.' in regular font, no comma before the year, and separate citations with semicolon. Identify unpublished studies and include affiliation on personal communications. Examples: "… have been shown (Johnson & Van Hoot 2005; Cairns 2008;Plafkin et al. 2009)", "... according to Cutting & Hough-Goldstein (2013)…","(R. Davis 2009, Harvard University, Boston, MA, personal communication)".

     Scientific names - use italics,provide common name (if unavailable, give family name) in parentheses on first appearance and consistently use either the scientific or common name thereafter. Genus name can be abbreviated after first appearance.

Acknowledgements: briefly give credit to other people who have made a contribution to the study and list all relevant grant numbers.

Literature Cited: follow the examples below thoroughly. Only include articles that have been published or are 'in press'. Citation of theses, reports and web-based information is only acceptable when no other source of information is available, and URLs must be provided.

     Periodicals: Kroeker KJ, Micheli F, Gambi MC (2013) Ocean acidification causes ecosystem shifts via altered competitive interactions. Nature Climate Change 3:156-159

          McIntosh TE, Rosatte RC, Hamr J, Murray DL (2014) Patterns of mortality and factors influencing survival of a recently restored elk population in Ontario, Canada. Restoration Ecology (in press)

     Books : Myers JL, Well AD (2002) Research design and statistical analysis. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

     Articles/sections from books, conference papers, etc: Leverenz JW, Lev DJ (1987) Effects of carbon dioxide-induced climate changes in the natural ranges of six major commercial tree species in the western United States. Pages123-155 In: Shands WE, Hoffman JS (eds) The greenhouse effect, climate change, and U.S. forests. The Conservation Foundation, Washington, D.C.

          McKneeley JA (1995) The interaction between biological diversity and cultural diversity. International Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Environment, and Development, Zurich, 15-18 May 1995. International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland

          Plafkin JL, Barbour MT, Porter KD, Gross SK, Hughes RM (1989) Rapid bioassessment protocols for use in streams and rivers: benthic macro-invertebrates and fish. EPA/444/ 4-89-001. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.

     Dissertations: Newmark WD (1986) Mammalian richness, colonization an extinction in western North American national parks. PhD Dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

     Websites: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (2006-2010) National Climatic Data Center (accessed 13 February 2010)

Illustrations: Should be included at the end of the main document, after references: first tables, then figure captions and figures .All illustrations, including lettering, should be capable of 66 to 50% reductions without loss of clarity or legibility. Tables, figures and captions should be uncluttered and self-explanatory. All abbreviations and terms unique to your paper must be defined in the caption; common statistical notations do not need to be defined. Include statistical significance directly on tables and figures whenever possible. Visit the instructions on preparing the illustrations for details.

     Tables - use double-space and lines only below column headers. Be coherent with the use of decimals and whole numbers. Do not duplicate information in the text or figures.

     Figures - includes line drawings and photographs and should be supplied to fit within either a single column or across the full page. Relevant photographs of research sites are encouraged. Submit photographs as separate figures or in sets with a narrow white border between each.

     Cover photographs - You are invited to submit high-resolution color photographs with credit and a descriptive legend for possible use in the issue cover of the Journal.

Supporting Information: for supplemental but ancillary information such as additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, etc. Provide this information in the desired final format (it will be published as is and no proof will be made available) and with a descriptive caption, and cite it (e.g., Fig S1, Table S1) it within the main text of the manuscript. Please visit the information on recommended file types and requirements for details. Submit as a separate file from the main document.

Accepted Manuscripts

Upon final revision and acceptance authors are to ensure the manuscript conforms to the journal style by consulting a recent issue of the journal or viewing the Restoration Ecology Style Guide. Upon acceptance you will be asked to provide all line artwork (vector graphics) as Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) and bitmap files (halftones or photographic images) as Tagged Image Format (TIFF), with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at final size. High quality PDFs may be acceptable. Do not send native file formats. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork will be provided upon acceptance of the manuscript and can be found at


Authors are expected to proofread their article promptly and carefully, correcting any printer's errors. Proofs should be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Changes to typeset text are expensive, and therefore authors making excessive changes will be invoiced by the Publisher.

Page Charges (US$)

If your institution has additional budget or has approved a grant or support for publication costs, page charges will apply. Page charges of $150 per page will be assessed for those with grants or institutional support for publication costs, $35 for those with limited support, $10 per page for those without grant support, but willing to pay at this rate. These charges will be collected by the Publisher. An author's inability to pay will in no way influence whether his or her paper will be accepted for publication. There are no page charges for those without institutional or grant support for them.

CC-BY for all OnlineOpen authors

If your paper is accepted, 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 license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

     CTA Terms and Conditions

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 and visit .

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:


The Publisher will supply the author with a free PDF offprint. A link to an offprint order form will be included with the page proofs, and authors may order hardcopy offprints in lots of 100.


Revised June 2015