Call for papers

Frontiers is currently soliciting submissions for its ongoing series on non-academic ecological careers, and for Frontiers EcoPics, our natural-history photo series.

About the journal

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment offers a variety of peer-reviewed articles, including Research Communications, Reviews, and Letters, as well as Concepts and Questions – a series where people can float new ideas. No matter the type, Frontiers articles all have two things in common: clear, accessible language and broad interdisciplinary appeal. Each issue also contains breaking news (domestic and international), editorials, special features, and our popular EcoPics natural-history series – in fact, something for everyone. Our readership ranges from students to full professors, but also includes resource managers, decision makers, educators, and others. ESA members all receive our attractive, colorful print issues ten times a year, in addition to online access to current and past volumes.


Current Issue: October 2018

In South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region, a vast array of plant species – endemic or otherwise – blanket the landscape. The area’s unique fynbos vegetation includes a number of flowering Protea species, such as the one this southern double-collared sunbird (Cinnyris chalybeus) has landed on. However, domestic and international demand for agricultural products, grown here and in other biodiversity hotspots worldwide, contributes to a loss of native habitats and diversity. READ MORE

Central photo: © H Eggens / Alamy

Background photo: ©  M Brake / Dreamstime


Seeking submissions for series on non-academic ecological careers

We’re still looking for articles about ecological/environmental entrepreneurship, education, ecotourism, and science communication, and are open to hearing about other nontraditional ecological career paths outside of academia. All articles in the series are free to read. See the list below for what’s been published so far:

Exploring Ecological Careers – a new Frontiers series
Ecological careers in nature-based non-governmental organizations
Museum careers – so much more than curating collections!
Expect the unexpected: private-sector careers
Breaking into science writing
An ecologist’s guide to careers in science policy advising
Careers in science diplomacy and international policy
It’s dirty, but it’s not dirt: scientists in state policy
Ecological consulting as a career option
Opportunities in science editing
Make a difference: ecology careers in federal agencies
Ecological consultants: serving on the front lines of species and ecosystem conservation
Science and nature filmmaking: making a career of visual storytelling

Upcoming articles will cover careers in biological field stations, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and cooperative extension services.

Contact Sue Silver ( for more details or with pre-submission inquiries.