For Immediate Release
'Ecology' Named Among Top 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology and Medicine
Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America, has been voted one of the top 100 most influential journals in the fields of biology and medicine over the last 100 years. The recognition is the result of a poll conducted by the BioMedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association.
"We are honored to be recognized by SLA's information experts who have extensive knowledge of the fields of biology and medicine," said ESA Executive Director Katherine McCarter. "Our society is proud to publish one of the oldest, most highly-cited and well-regarded journals in the ecological sciences."
First published in 1920, Ecology is a leading source of peer-reviewed research, reviews and synthesis in ecological science. The journal boasts nearly 2000 institutional and more than 3000 individual subscribers, and is consistently ranked among the top ten journals in the field of ecology.
The SLA's Top 100 winners included scientific journals in three categories: medicine; molecular biology, cellular biology and general science; and natural history. University of Arkansas professor and librarian Tony Stankus coordinated a panel of librarians that selected more than 400 journals for inclusion in the poll. About 700 librarians in the BioMedical and Life Sciences division voted.
"Librarians are a critical audience that exerts great influence on the journals that learning institutions include in their libraries," said Stankus. "We congratulate the Ecological Society on this achievement."
The winners of the Top 100 poll will be recognized at an awards ceremony during the SLA's Centennial Conference on June 16. The top 10 journals will be announced at this luncheon.
A list of the winning journals is available at http://units.sla.org/division/dbio/publications/resources/dbio100.html.
The Ecological Society of America is the world's largest professional organization of ecologists, representing 10,000 scientists in the United States and around the globe. Since its founding in 1915, ESA has promoted the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through ESA reports, journals, research, and expert testimony to Congress. ESA publishes four print journals and one online-only, open-access journal Ecosphere and convenes an annual scientific conference. Visit the ESA website at www.esa.org or find experts in ecological science at www.esa.org/pao/rrt.
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