Web Ecology

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Web Ecology Web Ecology is an electronic peer-reviewed journal issued by the European Ecological Federation in cooperation with the Oikos Editorial Office, Lund, Sweden. ISSN 1399-1183 (ONLINE) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    Web Ecology is an electronic peer-reviewed journal issued by the European Ecological Federation in cooperation with the Oikos Editorial Office, Lund, Sweden. 
    Ecologists from all countries are invited to publish original results on its pages.

    Web Ecology will publish studies and reviews from all fields of ecology, theoretical as well as empirical, pure as well as applied. There is no bias as regards taxon, biome or geographical area.

    Web Ecology does not publish book reviews.

  • Profile

    The history of Web Ecology 

    The Board of the European Ecological Federation, in its work to establish contacts and cooperation between ecologists from all European countries, decided that one way would be to launch a wide coverage, easily accessible ecology journal. To enable ecologists from all over Europe to publish on its pages and to have access to all published material, it was decided to start an electronic journal which would be free of charge during an initial period. Negotiations with EEF members led to an Editorial Office being established in Thessaloniki, Greece, with the technical part of the office being linked to Oikos' Editorial Office in Lund, Sweden. Thus, existing editorial experience could be utilized at low cost. The final launching of the journal was made possible by financial support from the publisher of Oikos, Ecography and J. Avian Biol. A firm footing for the initial period was thus ensured, also by associating with existing ecology journals. In November 2005 the EEF Board decided to restructure the Journal and appointed a new Editorial Board, aiming at establishing the Journal as a main reference in the field of Ecology.

  • Editors


    Francisco I. Pugnaire
    Departamento de Ecologia Funcional y Evolutiva
    Estacion Experimental de Zonas Aridas
    Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
    Managing Editor

    José María Rey Benayas
    Dpto. de Ecología
    Edificio de Ciencias
    Universidad de Alcalá
    Copy Editor
    Maria Persson
    Oikos Editorial Office

    Technical Editor
    Gunilla Andersson

    Subject Editors

    Matthias W. Foellmer 
    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, USA

    Helena Freitas
    University of Coimbra, Portugal

    Boris Kompare
    University of Ljubliana, Slovenia

    Sergio Navarrete
    Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile

    John Pantis
    Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

    Fernando Valladares
    CSIC, Madrid, Spain

  • Guide to authors

    Web Ecology is an electronic journal and will not appear on paper.

    The name and address of the corresponding author should be made clear in the manuscript, which should be submitted by e-mail as a doc or pdf file. Manuscripts are reviewed for assessment of their significance and soundness, and authors will generally be notified of the decision within three months. Decisions of the Editor-in-Chief are final.

    Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before, is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has been read and approved by all authors. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that they automatically agree to assign exclusive copyright to the journal if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. The work shall not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the journal. The articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes or in electronic databases and the like or reproduced photographically without the prior written permission of the journal.

    Manuscripts are edited to improve communication between authors and the readers. Authors will receive proofs of their articles. No offprints are supplied. The copyright mentioned above is waived for authors needing copies for personal use.

    The accepted version of the manuscript should be submitted both as a doc and pdf files.

    Manuscripts should be in English. Linguistic usage should be correct. Authors who are not native English speakers are encouraged to have their papers revised for grammar before submission. Write in a clear style. Avoid the use of the passive voice. The pronouns I (we), me (us), and my (our) should preferably be used and thus reflect the responsibility of the author(s) towards the study. To organise the manuscript use published papers in this Journal as template. Avoid extensive reviews in the Introduction and Discussion. Cite only essential sources of a theory or opinion.

    The title should be brief and contain informative words only.

    The first page should contain only the title and the authors name, address, fax number and e-mail address. Page two contains the abstract of no more than 300 words and up to six keywords. Begin the Introduction on page three. Avoid right margin justification and hyphenation. Text should be double-spaced and with wide margins.

    The whole manuscript should be written in MS Word. After the reference list, place legends to tables, and then the tables themselves separately. Do not
    incorporate table legends into the tables. Last, add legends to figures in the word document. The figures should be submitted as high-resolution pdfs (300 dpi on a 1:1 scale) and clearly named with the authors name and illustration number. Figures should NOT be submitted as word or excel figures. Each illustration should be submitted as a separate pdf.

    Tables and legends of illustrations should be written double-spaced on separate sheets. Do not incorporate the legend in the figure itself. Tables and illustrations should be comprehensible without reference to the main text. Plan your illustrations for the smallest (printed) size possible.

    Always use SI units.

    Binomial Latin names should be used in accordance with International Rules of Nomenclature. The first time a name is used in the main text the name of the author should be included.

    In the list of references (double-spaced), the following usage should be conformed to:

    Journal: Haila, Y. and Järvinen, O. 1983. Land bird communities on a Finnish island: species impoverishment and abundance patterns. - Oikos 41: 255-273.

    Book: Mayr, E. 1963. Animal species and evolution. - Harvard Univ. Press.

    Chapter: Goodall, D. W. 1972. Building and testing ecosystem models. - In: Jeffers, J. N. R. (ed.), Mathematical models in ecology. Blackwell, pp. 173-194.

    Reference lists not conforming to this format will be returned for revision. In the text references are given: Mayr (1963) or, at the end of a sentence, (Mayr 1963).

    In the text references are given in chronological order. Titles of journals should be abbreviated as in Biological Abstracts.

    Do not refer to unpublished material.

    Acknowledgements. Keep them short.

  • Contact


    Francisco I. Pugnaire
    Departamento de Ecologia Funcional y Evolutiva
    Estacion Experimental de Zonas Aridas
    Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
    General Segura 1
    E-04001 Almeria Spain
    E-mail: fip@eeza.csic.es

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