Aims and Scope 

Aim: To drive forward the field of applied ecology by providing a high quality evidence base for scientists, managers and policymakers
 

Journal of Applied Ecology publishes novel, high impact papers on the interface between ecological science and the management of biological resources. The editors encourage contributions that use applied ecological problems to test and develop basic theory, although there must be clear potential for impact on the management of natural systems. The journal does not normally accept papers that are purely methodological in focus. The journal includes all major themes in applied ecology, such as conservation biology, global change, environmental pollution, wildlife and habitat management, land use and management, aquatic resources, restoration ecology, and the management of pests, weeds and disease. Articles that interact with related fields are welcomed providing that their relevance to applied ecology is clear.

Our 2010 editorial: Putting applied ecology into practice - Memmot et al. discusses the scope of the journal in detail, while Milner-Gulland et al. (February 2012) discusses the journal's focus on raising the impact of applied ecological research.

Read more about the types of papers we publish, and the types of decisions offered. 

Why publish in Journal of Applied Ecology?

The 2010 Journal of Applied Ecology ISI® impact factor is 4.970 placing us 14th in the ranking of 129 ecology journals.

For readers, the journal reports generic, topical and innovative research from all types of organisms and ecosystems.

For authors, it offers publication in a journal of recognised prestige with a large circulation to researchers, environmental managers, students and libraries.

Current high levels of interest stem from the global importance of applied ecological problems, our track record in influencing ecological management, the leading nature of our papers, the high quality guaranteed by our standards, the international nature of our coverage and our position at the interface between ecological research, education, and the user community.

In addition to publishing the best quality research papers, we offer themed features around key topics, seminal reviews, influential ecological debate and innovative developments.

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