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Springer launches Theoretical Ecology

July 25, 2007

Springer, one of the leading STM publishers, is launching a new journal, Theoretical Ecology, to be published quarterly from 2008. The journal will use theoretical approaches to answer questions of ecological interest and will appeal to a broad audience of ecologists. The official launch of the journal will take place at the ESA/SER (Ecological Society of America/Society for Ecological Restoration International) Joint Meeting in San Jose, CA, from 5 August to 10 August 2007.

Theoretical Ecology will provide for the in-depth discussion of theoretical research in all areas of ecology, including ecophysiology, population ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, ecosystem ecology, community ecology, as well as ecosystem and landscape ecology. Theoretical papers that focus on applied ecological questions will also be featured, for example the development of ecological theory for resolving societal problems. Categories of papers will include original papers, reviews, and rapid communications. Editor-in-Chief is Alan Hastings, winner of the 2006 Robert H. MacArthur Award for his outstanding contributions in ecology.

Tamara Welschot, Publishing Editor, Environmental Sciences at Springer, said, "There is currently no journal in the field of ecology which publishes theoretical work. We are confident that researchers will welcome this forum. Theoretical Ecology will offer a healthy balance between theory, concepts and modeling, and will foster communication between theoreticians and experimental and field ecologists."

Alan Hastings, Editor-in-Chief, said, "Theoretical ecology has truly come of age, as the importance and influence of work in this area continues to grow. The time is ripe for a journal in this area, and Theoretical Ecology is designed to fill this need. The audience will include all ecologists and other scientists as well."
Theoretical Ecology will be published online and in print. The first issue will be available for free at, Springer's online platform. The journal will include Online First™, Cross Reference Linking, and Alert services. In addition, all Theoretical Ecology authors, via the Springer Open Choice™ program, will have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.

Springer ( is the second-largest publisher of journals in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest publisher of STM books. Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. The group publishes over 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide. Springer has operations in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and some 5,000 employees.


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