Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, issued 10 times per year, consists of peer-reviewed, synthetic review articles on all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related disciplines, as well as short, high-impact research communications of broad interdisciplinary appeal. Additional features include editorials, breaking news (domestic and international), a letters section, job ads, and special columns.

(Jan. 2014) Frontiers is helping measure research impact in a whole new way. We’ve just added Altmetric scores and badges to papers online (including e-View pre-prints). Altmetric measures the real-time impact of scholarly articles by tracking tweets, blog posts, news stories and other content that mentions scholarly articles.

An Altmetric donut like the one seen here for Graham et al. 2013 (Managing resilience to reverse phase shifts in coral reefs) now appears alongside online papers, visible in the margin of the “Full text” and “Abstract” displays. (If an article’s donut is missing, it simply hasn’t generated that kind of attention yet.)

Upcoming Issue: August 2014

Cover picture:Aug cover - Med Res
Many marine species rely on cycles of nighttime lighting to synchronize or regulate their behaviors. Artificial nighttime lighting, such as that produced by ships, can disrupt organisms, their interactions, and important ecological processes. By more thoroughly investigating these impacts, researchers may discover ways to mitigate this type of light pollution.

Central photo:
W Cho

Background photo:
Earth Observation Group, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center