Evolutionary Ecology is a concept-oriented journal of biological research at the interface of ecology and evolution. We publish papers that therefore integrate both fields of research: research that seeks to explain the ecology of organisms in the context of evolution, or patterns of evolution as explained by ecological processes.

The journal publishes original research and discussion concerning the evolutionary ecology of organisms. These may include papers addressing evolutionary aspects of population ecology, organismal interactions and coevolution, behaviour, life histories, communication, morphology, host-parasite interactions and disease ecology, as well as ecological aspects of genetic processes. The objective is to promote the conceptual, theoretical and empirical development of ecology and evolutionary biology; the scope extends to any organism or system.

In additional to Original Research articles, we publish Review articles that survey recent developments in the field of evolutionary ecology; Ideas & Perspectives articles which present new points of view and novel hypotheses; and Comments on articles recently published in Evolutionary Ecology or elsewhere. We also welcome New Tests of Existing Ideas - testing well-established hypotheses but with broader data or more methodologically rigorous approaches; - and shorter Natural History Notes, which aim to present new observations of organismal biology in the wild that may provide inspiration for future research. As of 2018, we now also invite Methods papers, to present or review new theoretical, practical or analytical methods used in evolutionary ecology.

Students & Early Career Researchers: We particularly encourage, and offer incentives for, submission of Reviews, Ideas & Perspectives, and Methods papers by students and early-career researchers (defined as being within one year of award of a PhD degree) – see Students & Early Career Researchers

We publish 7 types of papers:

1. Original Research articles, which present the results of empirical or theoretical research testing current ideas in evolutionary ecology;

2. Review articles, which survey recent developments in the field of evolutionary ecology;

3. Ideas & Perspectives articles, which present new points of view and/or novel hypotheses;

4. Methods papers, to present or review new theoretical, practical or analytical methods used in evolutionary ecology (as of 2018);

5. Comments on articles recently published in Evolutionary Ecology or elsewhere;

6. New Tests of Existing Ideas, which present tests of well-established hypotheses but with broader data or more methodologically rigorous approaches;

7. Natural History Notes, which present new observations of organismal biology in the wild that may provide inspiration for future evolutionary ecology research.

  • A conceptually oriented journal of basic biology at the interface between ecology and evolution
  • Covers any aspect of the ecology of organisms in the context of evolution
  • Includes all organisms and systems, unbiased with respect to taxon or biome

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  • Matthew Symonds
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1.800 (2019)
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1.887 (2019)
Five year impact factor
55 days
Submission to first decision
170 days
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115,289 (2020)
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  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Infectious disease: the ecological theatre and the evolutionary play

    Submission Deadline: July 31, 2021 | Expected 2022
    We are seeking contributions that examine the relationship between the ecological theatre and evolutionary play in ecologically realistic disease systems. In addition to Original Research articles, we also seek Review articles and also articles with a shorter format, including Ideas & Perspectives, and Natural History Notes (shorter research articles that introduce new ideas and hypotheses). Students and Early Career Researchers are especially encouraged to submit an Original Research article, Review article or an Ideas & Perspectives article.


  • CALL FOR PAPERS: The ecological and evolutionary implications of allometry

    Submission Deadline: August 31, 2021 | Expected 2022

    We are seeking research, theoretical ideas and perspectives, reviews and methods articles that highlight the role of coordinated growth and body size in the context of evolutionary and ecological processes. We will consider submissions across a wide range of taxa in areas including but not limited to sexual selection, organismal interactions and coevolution, behaviour, adaptation, metabolic scaling, biodiversity and life history. Students and Early Career Researchers are especially encouraged to submit one of these article types.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Fitness Effects of Mutations

    Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021 | Expected 2022
    We have brought together ideas from theoretical, molecular, field, computational and various experimental approaches across organisms and systems and seek additional submissions for this growing topical collection of already well-cited articles. Students and Early Career Researchers are especially encouraged to submit to this Topical Collection.

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