General Information

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.

Impact Factor: 
Frontiers’  2018 Impact Factor: 10.935
Ranked 3rd out of 250 journals in the Environmental Sciences category.
Ranked 3rd out of 164 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 about non-traditional, non-academic careers in ecology
  • Our regular back-page columnist
  • Display and classified ads, including job opportunities (including online Job Board)

For Authors

Author guidelines, publication fees, and criteria for publication can be found here.


Formats and Subscription Rates: Frontiers publishes 10 issues per year; both the print and the full web version (HTML and PDF) are free to ESA members. Membership rates range from $37 to $185. For details, or to join ESA, visit

Institutional subscriptions: Institutional subscriptions are handled by our publisher Wiley. Click here for more information.

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Editorial Board:

  • Kathleen A Alexander (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA)
  • Sharon Baruch-Mordo (The Nature Conservancy, Fort Collins, CO, USA)
  • Elena M Bennett (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
  • Patrick J Bohlen (MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center, Lake Placid, FL, USA)
  • Brian S Cade (US Geological Survey, Fort Collins, CO, USA)
  • J  Elliott Campbell (University of California, Merced, CA, USA)
  • Kendra S Cheruvelil (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)
  • William Cheung (The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Alycia W  Crall (National Ecological Observatory Network, Boulder, CO, USA)
  • Emily Darling (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
  • Diane Ebert-May (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA)
  • Daniel M Evans (AAAS, Washington, DC, USA)
  • Timothy Fahey (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA)
  • Rusty A Feagin (Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA)
  • David C Finnoff (University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA)
  • Brendan Fisher (University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA)
  • Heather Golden (US EPA, Cincinnati, OH, USA)
  • Ted L Gragson (University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA)
  • Nicholas AJ Graham (Lancaster University, Lancashire, UK)
  • J Morgan Grove (USDA Forest Service, Baltimore, MD, USA)
  • Daniel J Hayes (University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA)
  • Jeffrey E Herrick (USDA/ARS Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM, USA)
  • Bruce A Hungate (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA)
  • Matthew D Hurteau (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA)
  • Joshua J Lawler (University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)
  • Karin E Limburg (SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY, USA)
  • Patrick  Martin (University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA)
  • Jeffrey  Matthews (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, 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)
  • 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)
  • Tischa Munoz-Erickson (USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico)
  • David Nelson (Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD, USA)
  • Julian Olden (University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA)
  • Robert R Parmenter (Valles Caldera National Preserve, Jemez Springs, NM, USA)
  • Lou Pitelka (Appalachian Laboratory, Frostburg, MD, USA)
  • Heather Randell (National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Annapolis, MD, USA)
  • John L Sabo (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA)
  • Daniel Salkeld (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 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 E Torchin (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa Ancon, Panama)
  • Andrea Wiggins (University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE)
  • Hua Zheng (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China)

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)

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.

Editorial Inquiries:

Editor-in-Chief: Sue Silver,
Executive Editor: Peter Mooreside,
Assistant Editor: Heidi Swanson,