Web Ecology (WE) offers an efficient new way of publishing special issues, which are commonly the result of a session or multiple sessions at conferences, but they can also be from a small group of people that came to the conclusion that a special issue on a given subject or theme would be appropriate. The individual papers are peer-reviewed and published as soon as they are available in regular issues, but they are then labelled as part of the special issue and linked electronically.
The specific advantages are the following:
A special issue can comprise any number of journals, and the special issue editors can be the same or different and from different journals. The manuscript processing follows the standard special issue procedure of the journal in which the manuscript is submitted. Afterwards, all published papers are co-listed on a joint special issue web page (in addition to the regular chronological volume of each journal).
Thank you for considering publishing a special issue with WE. We have drawn up some brief guidelines to help you with the process of submitting a proposal so that you might better understand your responsibilities as a special issue editor. Please note that we (a) particularly encourage review articles for a special issue, with an average of one review article solicited for every 8–10 papers in the special issue, (b) welcome a preface by the special issue editors, pulling together articles, and (c) encourage the special issue editors to work with the authors so that each set of authors are aware of what others are submitting, thus enabling cross-referencing of other papers in the special issue where appropriate.
Please submit a two- to three-page prospectus for the special issue to the managing editor including the following:
The prospectus will be reviewed by the journal's managing editor, who will render a decision based on the expected contribution of the special issue and its appropriateness for WE.
If the managing editor decides to pursue the publication of a special issue, an subject editor of WE will be assigned as liaison, and the editors of the special issue will assume the following responsibilities:
To browse existing special issues follow the link WE special issues.
The following special issues are scheduled for publication in WE:
Web Ecology's special issue "Ecology at the Interface" is based on the 2015 European Ecological Federation meeting, and focuses on interactions at all biological levels, from membrane exchanges to food web dynamics, in addition to physical ecotones, from deep-sediment bottom water to land and atmosphere, and disciplinary ecotones linking ecology to sociology, economics, law, technology, and other fields of knowledge concerning daily human life.
For this special issue you can submit your contribution as an "extended abstract". An extended abstract is limited to two to four journal pages and must include all relevant aspects and information expected in a research paper without being too detailed. The format of an extended abstract corresponds to the manuscript type short communication. Please note that submitted extended abstracts have to pass a peer review process.
For the general outline of an extended abstract (file format, reference format, etc.) follow the journal's general instructions for manuscript preparation.
Please note that a submission as an extended abstract for this special issue is not obligatory. Contributions can also be a standard or review article.