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Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is a benefit of membership of the Ecological Society of America. International in scope and interdisciplinary in approach, Frontiers focuses on current ecological issues and environmental challenges. Frontiers is aimed at professional ecologists and scientists working in related disciplines. With content that is timely, interesting, and accessible, even to those reading outside their own area of expertise, it has a broad, interdisciplinary appeal and is relevant to all users of ecological science, including policy makers, resource managers, and educators. Frontiers covers all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related subjects, focusing on global issues, broadly impacting research, cross-disciplinary or multi-country endeavors, new techniques and technologies, new approaches to old problems, and practical applications of ecological science. The journal is sent to all ESA members as part of their membership, and is also available by subscription to non-members and institutional libraries.

Impact Factor: 
Frontiers’  2015 Impact Factor: 8.504.
Ranked 3rd out of 225 journals in the Environmental Sciences category.
Ranked 5th out of 148 journals in the Ecology category.

Frontiers includes:

  • Short, high-impact research communications of broad interdisciplinary appeal
  • Peer-reviewed, synthetic review articles on all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related subjects
  • Concepts & Questions, papers showcasing new ecological ideas
  • The latest news on research, people, and policy issues from around the world
  • Editorials and letters
  • Short series with changing topics, currently a series devoted to natural history observations
  • Our regular back-page columnist
  • Display and classified ads, including job opportunities (including online Job Board)

Frontiers’ page charges: To help meet the expense of publication, peer-reviewed manuscripts (Research Communications, Reviews, and Concepts and Questions, but not peer-reviewed or regular letters) submitted to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment will, if accepted, incur page charges of US$75.00 per printed journal page. Where fractions of pages occur at the end of the paper, these will be charged at US$35.00. There will be no additional fee for color photographs and/or figures. Payment will be required when the paper appears on Frontiers e-View. Advance billing is available upon request. Note: Authors contributing to Special Issues will not be required to pay page charges, since these issues are supported by other funding sources.

Abstracting and indexing: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is covered by Current Contents Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences, Science Citation Index, ISI Alerting Services, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Biobase, Geobase, Scopus, CAB Abstracts, and EBSCO Environmental Issues and Policy Index.

International Advisory Board: Rosina Bierbaum (USA) • Juan Carlos Castilla (Chile) • Andrew Dobson (USA) • Carl Folke (Sweden) • Madhav Gadgil (India) • Kanehiro Kitayama (Japan) • Simon A. Levin (USA) • Michel Loreau (Canada) • Thomas Lovejoy (USA) • Jane Lubchenco (USA) • Harold Mooney (USA) • Peter Raven (USA) • Robin Reid (Kenya) • Walter Reid (USA) • Robert Scholes (South Africa) • Zhao Shidong (China) • William Steffen (Sweden) • Reynaldo Victoria (Brazil) • Diana Wall (USA).

Editorial Board:
Kathleen A Alexander (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA)
Elena Bennett (McGill University, Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada)
Patrick J Bohlen (University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA)
Brian S Cade (US Geological Survey, Fort Collins, CO, USA)
J Elliott Campbell (University of California, Merced, CA, USA)
Kendra Spence Cheruvelil (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)
Alycia W Crall (NEON, Boulder, CO, USA)
Emily Darling (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada)
Jeffrey Dukes (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA)
Diane Ebert-May (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)
Daniel M Evans (USAID, Washington, DC, USA)
Timothy Fahey (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)
Rusty Feagin (Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA)
David C Finnoff (University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA)
Brendan Fisher (World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC, USA)
Susan Galatowitsch (University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA)
Ted L Gragson (University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA)
Nick Graham (James Cook University, Townsville, AUS)
J Morgan Grove (USDA Forest Service, Baltimore, MD, USA)
Jeffrey E Herrick (USDA/ARS, Las Cruces, NM, USA)
Feng Sheng Hu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA)
Bruce A Hungate (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA)
Deborah Huntzinger (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA)
Matthew D Hurteau (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA)
Joshua J Lawler (University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)
Karin Limburg (State University of New York, Syracuse, NY, USA)
Michelle Marvier (Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, USA)
Gary Matlock (NOAA, Silver Spring, MD, USA)
Robbie A McDonald (University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK)
Brian McGill (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA)
Michael L McKinney (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA)
Elizabeth McLeod (The Nature Conservancy, Austin, TX, USA)
George A Middendorf (Howard University, Washington, DC, USA)
David AW Miller (Pennsylvania State University, PA)
Tischa Munoz-Erickson (USDA Forest Service, Rio Piedras, PR)
Julian Olden (University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)
Robert R Parmenter (Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Springs, NM, USA)
Louis Pitelka (Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD, USA)
Heather Randell (Washington, DC, USA)
John L Sabo (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA)
Timothy D Schowalter (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA)
Fred H Sklar (South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL, USA)
Mark Torchin (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama City, Panama)
Hua Zheng (Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China)

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