Scientists around the world publish their research about ecology and environmental science in ESA’s scientific, peer-reviewed journals: Ecology, Ecological Monographs, Ecological Applications, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Ecosphere, and Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. ESA’s publication The Bulletin covers ecological events, news, and reports of interest to the ecological community and includes commentary and opinion on ecological issues, as well as acting as the official record of the business of the Ecological Society of America.
This year, the open-access journal Ecosphere became ESA’s largest journal, publishing more than 400 articles in 2016. Our flagship journal Ecology, founded in 1920, continued its solid publishing history with 375 articles. Ecological Applications and Ecological Monographs published 205 and 30 articles, respectively. The journal Ecosystem Health and Sustainability, a newly launched open-access journal, published jointly with the Ecological Society of China, will publish 36 articles in 2016. Frontiers debuted the popular Natural History Notes series in 2015. Each open-access article showcases the natural history of particular organisms – their morphology or behavior, their habitats, or their roles in food webs and ecosystems.
In January 2016, ESA began publishing all its journals with its new publishing partner, John Wiley & Sons. This partnership expanded ESA’s ability to publish more articles in a timely fashion and is allowing the Society to expand its reach – providing enhanced global distribution of all our journals.
ESA Journal Ranking and Impact Factors
In 2016, the Impact Factors of all ESA journals saw increases, demonstrating the growing value of our publications to researchers, academics, and general scientific audiences worldwide.
“Ecology” category (ESA journal rankings out of 149 journal titles)
5 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (8.504)
7 Ecological Monographs (8.037)
20 Ecology (4.733)
24 Ecological Applications (4.252)
60 Ecosphere (2.287)
“Environmental Science” category (ESA journal rankings out of 225 journals)
3 Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (8.504)
26 Ecological Applications (4.252)
In the News
Selected news stories featuring research published in ESA journals.
Find a more complete list on ESA’s main site.
Oakes, L. E., et al (2014).
Long-term vegetation changes in a temperate forest impacted by climate change.
- The art of turning climate change science into music Outside Magazine 9/6/2016
- This music was composed by climate change Smithsonian 9/24/2016
- The haunting sound of climate change over 100 years Huffington Post 10/13/2016
Adrian Treves et al (2016)
Predator control should not be a shot in the dark.
- The case for mass slaughter of predators just got weaker National Geographic 9/1/2016
- Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses (press release reproduction) KRWG TV/FM 9/1/2016
- No proof that shooting predators saves livestock Science 9/7/2016
- Do Predator Culls Really Save Livestock? Care2.com 10/27/2016
#Frontiers Focus: Predator control should not be a shot in the dark. 9/7/2016
Twidwell et al (2016)
Smokey comes of age: unmanned aerial systems for fire management
14(6): 333–339, doi:10.1002/fee.1299
- Drones drop fire balls to ignite extreme controlled burns Popular Science 8/2/2016
- Scientists can now use fiery drones to light controlled burns Business Insider 8/2/2016
- Fighting wildfire with fire — with drones ABC News (online syndicated) 8/3/2016
- Drones Shoot Fireballs to Help Control Wildfires National Geographic 8/4/2016
- Fireball-Dropping Drones May Be the Answer to Managing Wildfires The Weather Channel 8/5/2016
- Waarom drones nuttig zijn: van natuurbescherming tot medicijnlevering National Geographic Nederland/België 8/21/2016
Lovett, G. M. et al (2016),
Nonnative forest insects and pathogens in the United States: Impacts and policy options.
26: 1437–1455 doi:10.1890/15-1176
- Invasive insects are ravaging U.S. forests, and it’s costing us billions The Washington Post 5/10/2016
- Damage from invasive forest pests as high as $2b a year, study finds Boston Globe 5/10/2016
- More forest pests than ever are entering the U.S., and it’s costing the public a fortune Newsweek 5/10/2016
- What It Would Take to Stop Invasive Pests From Destroying Millions of U.S. Trees The Atlantic City Lab 5/10/2016
- The ‘slow motion crisis’ that’s facing U.S. forests Chicago Tribune (Washington post syndication) 5/10/2016
- Study: Invasive Insect Fight Costs $2 Billion A Year Colorado Public Radio 5/10/2016
- Forest pests cause $2 billion in damage in the US every year Popular Science 5/10/2016
- PA Second Only To NY In Number Of Invasive Forest Pest Species WESA 90.5FM (Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station) 5/10/2016
- Researchers seek ban on pest-carrying imported plants E&E News/ Greenwire 5/10/2016
- Invasive pests No. 1 threat to WNC forests Ashville Citizen-Times 5/12/2016
Bevan, E., T. et al (2016).
Estimating the historic size and current status of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) population.
- Kemp’s ridley sea turtles may face higher hurdle to recovery Corpus Christi Caller Times 4/22/2016
Sarah C Webster et al (2016)
Where the wild things are: influence of radiation on the distribution of four mammalian species within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
14(4): 185–190, doi:10.1002/fee.1227
- Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster National Geographic 4/18/2016
- Photos show wildlife thrives near Chernobyl nuclear disaster site Newsweek 4/19/2016
- Is wildlife thriving in Chernobyl’s radioactive landscape? Christian Science Monitor 4/21/2016
- Remote Cameras Show Wildlife Thriving in Chernobyl’s Radioactive Landscape The Weather Channel 4/22/2016
- 30 years after Chernobyl disaster, camera study captures a wildlife wonderland The Washington Post 4/26/2016
Swaddle, J. P. et al. (2016)
A sonic net excludes birds from an airfield: implications for reducing bird strike and crop losses.
26: 339–345. doi:10.1890/15-0829
- Sonic scarecrow: a new way to shoo birds away from airports The Economist 4/16/2016
- ‘Sonic net’ could reduce bird-plane collisions Conservation Magazine 11/5/2015
- Acoustic scarecrows: a humane, non-lethal way to reduce bird strikes? Forbes 4/11/2016
- The ‘sonic net’ that could be the humane solution to preventing bird strikes at aiports Daily Mail 5/12/2016
- Sonic net around airfields ‘could save lives and billions of pounds’ Evening Standard 5/6/2016
- Sonic net may stop bird and plane collisions Sky News Australia 5/9/2016
Rochman, C. M.et al (2016),
The ecological impacts of marine debris: unraveling the demonstrated evidence from what is perceived.
97: 302–312. doi:10.1890/14-2070.1
- How Bad Is Ocean Garbage, Really? The Atlantic 4/1/2016
Armstrong, J. B., et al (2016),
Resource waves: phenological diversity enhances foraging opportunities for mobile consumers.
Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1890/15-0554
- Surf’s up for wildlife National Geographic/Society for Conservation Biology 3/31/2016
Pintor, A. F. V., et al (2015),
Rapoport’s Rule: Do climatic variability gradients shape range extent?
85: 643–659. doi:10.1890/14-1510.1
- Diverse Weather Conditions Make Lizards More Tolerant to Effects Of Climate Change Tech Times 1/18/2016
Publications Staff (August 2015 – August 2016)
Director of Publishing: Steve Sayre
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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Staff
(August 2015 – August 2016)
Editor in Chief: Sue Silver
Senior Editor: Peter Mooreside
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