Theoretical Ecology publishes innovative research in theoretical ecology, including ecophysiology, population ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, ecosystem ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem and landscape ecology. The editors emphasize work that bridges disciplinary boundaries, such as the intersection between quantitative social sciences and ecology, or physical influences on ecological processes.

The contents include regular articles, review papers, and rapid communications. Review papers will be published after a thorough review process; please contact the reviews editor before submission. Theoretical Ecology also offers a rapid communications option for short manuscripts of unusually broad interest to the ecological community.

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Alan Hastings
Publishing model
Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

1.099 (2019)
Impact factor
1.534 (2019)
Five year impact factor
64 days
Submission to first decision
208 days
Submission to acceptance
59,686 (2019)
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Electronic ISSN
1874-1746
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  1. AGRICOLA
  2. BIOSIS
  3. Biological Abstracts
  4. CAB Abstracts
  5. CNKI
  6. EBSCO Biomedical Reference Collection
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  8. EMBiology
  9. Geobase
  10. Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  11. Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  12. Meta
  13. ProQuest Agricultural & Environmental Science Database
  14. ProQuest Biological Science Database
  15. ProQuest Central
  16. ProQuest Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database
  17. ProQuest Ecology Abstracts
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  19. ProQuest Environmental Science
  20. ProQuest Natural Science Collection
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  22. ProQuest Science Database
  23. SCImago
  24. SCOPUS
  25. Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
  26. UGC-CARE List (India)
  27. Zoological Record
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