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Announcement: Launch of BMC Ecology and Evolution

We are pleased to announce that BMC  Ecology and BMC Evolutionary Biology has now been merged into  one journal and re-launched as BMC Ecology and Evolution.  As a result BMC Ecology is no longer open to new submissions and will not publish any new articles. The scope of BMC Evolutionary Biology has now been expanded to include ecology submissions and authors in this field are encouraged to submit to this journal.

Black Lives Matter

A collection of books, journal articles and magazine content that amplifies Black voices and the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Featured article: How earthworm communities are affected by changes in soil properties

Earthworms are very sensitive to changes in the  physio-chemical properties of soil in different agro-ecosystems, potentially having an effect on their diversity, abundance and overall survival. Understanding the physio-chemical  properties of soil at a particular site may help to predict what species of earthworms are likely to be present. A study recently published in BMC Ecology looked at the diversity, abundance and distribution of earthworms in both cultivated and non-cultivated agro-ecosystems. Please click the title to read the full article.

Call for papers: Eco-evo-devo

The Editors of BMC Developmental Biology, BMC Ecology and BMC Evolutionary Biology welcome submissions to the cross-journal special issue on eco-evo-devo, the effect of the environment of development and evolution. Please click the above link for further information and to submit to the collection.

The special issue is open for submissions.

BMC Ecology now accepts Registered Reports

From August 24th, BMC Ecology will begin accepting a new type of article: Registered Reports. BMC Ecology is the first ecology journal to consider this innovative article format; please read our blog where we discuss what benefits we believe it can offer to ecologists.

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BMC Series Focus Issue

January: Data sharing

Research data are the foundations of reliable and reproducible science. This month, we would like to highlight different ways authors were able to publish and share their data by choosing the BMC series


  1. Authors: Anna L. K. Nilsson, Thomas Skaugen, Trond Reitan, Jan Henning L’Abée-Lund, Marlène Gamelon, Kurt Jerstad, Ole Wiggo Røstad, Tore Slagsvold, Nils C. Stenseth, L. Asbjørn Vøllestad and Bjørn Walseng

    Content type: Research article

Aims and scope

BMC Ecology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on environmental, behavioral and population ecology as well as biodiversity of plants, animals and microbes.


  • Alison Cuff, BioMed Central

Assistant Editor

  • Jashan Philippe Abraham, BioMed Central

Section Editors

  • Michel Baguette, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
  • Simon Blanchet, Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS
  • Jean Clobert, Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS
  • David Hughes, Penn State University 
  • Luke Jacobus, Indiana University
  • Dominique Mazzi, Agroscope
  • Sandrine Pavoine, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
  • Josef Settele, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Josef Settele, Section Editor

Prof. Dr. Josef Settele is Head of Animal Ecology and Social-Ecological Research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany. His research interests are broad, covering conservation and evolutionary biology of insects, biodiversity and land use, and interdisciplinary cooperation and project co-ordination in biodiversity.

Data support service

Authors submitting to this journal can opt to use a new service that will make it easier to share research data.

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Portable Peer Review

The editors of BMC Ecology support initiatives that expedite the peer review process and are happy to consider manuscripts that have been reviewed in Peerage of Science. Please indicate in your cover letter if this applies to your manuscript.