Important transition for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Dear members of the ESA community,

I write to inform you of an important upcoming change to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Our December 2023 issue will be the last we produce in print; thereafter, Frontiers will transition to online-only publication.

For more than twenty years, Frontiers has grown and evolved, reflecting the ever-changing landscapes in both ecology and scholarly publication. Change can be hard, and we empathize, especially with those who value the tactile experience of perusing the print edition of a journal. However, we also want to assure our readers and authors that this decision was not made lightly. During and after the transition, please be aware that Frontiers’ gestalt will not change; Frontiers’ staff will remain steadfastly committed to curating and delivering cutting-edge, accessible, applied science; and Frontiers’ electronic content will be available – without interruption – to ESA members and institutional subscribers.

We will continue to publish ten monthly issues per year and four different types of peer-reviewed papers, as well as editorials, occasional commentaries, and our popular EcoPics natural history series. You will see a few modifications to graphics and journal content starting with the February 2024 issue. Notably,  we will bid a fond farewell to the monthly Life Lines back-end column. We owe its author and creator, Adrian Burton, a deep debt of gratitude to his well-earned 20 years of service to Frontiers.

As we transition to online-only publication, we encourage you to enroll for regular email alerts of Frontiers’ latest articles and issues; the sign-up can be accessed here, along the right-hand margin of the page:

We appreciate your understanding regarding these changes as well as your ongoing support of ESA and the Society’s portfolio of publications, including Frontiers. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Richard L. Wallace, PhD

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Ecological Society of America