Communicating Research

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.


Adrian Treves et al (2016)
Predator control should not be a shot in the dark. 

14(7):380388, doi:10.1002/fee.1312


Twidwell et al (2016)
Smokey comes of age: unmanned aerial systems for fire management
14(6): 333339, doi:10.1002/fee.1299

Ecological Applications

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


Bevan, E., T. et al (2016).
Estimating the historic size and current status of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) population.
7(3):e01244. 10.1002/ecs2.1244



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): 185190, doi:10.1002/fee.1227

Ecological Applications

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



Rochman, C. 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




Armstrong, J. B., et al (2016),
Resource waves: phenological diversity enhances foraging opportunities for mobile consumers.
Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1890/15-0554


Ecological Monographs

Ecological Monographs

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

Publications Staff (August 2015 – August 2016)

Director of Publishing: Steve Sayre

Ithaca Publications Staff

Peer Review Manager: Ellen Cotter
Peer Review Manager: Anne Marie Whelan
Peer Review Specialist: Jane Bain
Peer Review Specialist: Heather Carlo
Peer Review Assistant: Sarah Schneider


Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Staff
(August 2015 – August 2016)

Editor in Chief: Sue Silver

Senior Editor: Peter Mooreside
Editorial Assistant: Patrick Monahan (2015); Joshua Uchitelle-Pierce (2016)
Marketing & Advertising Manager: Eric Gordon, Eunice Cho (2015)