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Web Ecology An open-access peer-reviewed journal

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  • SNIP value: 0.147 SNIP 0.147
  • IPP value: 0.273 IPP 0.273
  • SJR value: 0.169 SJR 0.169

Special issues guidelines

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:

  • Publication date is not delayed by the latest paper that is behind in the peer-review process: every individual contribution to the special issue is published as soon as it is available.
  • All contributions are efficiently linked and coherently presented on dedicated special issue web pages (an appropriate logo is welcome as a *.jpg file), easily accessible from the WE Online Library (chronological volumes and issues).
  • Print versions are available upon completed publication of all contributions. A minimum order of 20 copies is needed, and the price will depend on the total number of pages in the special issue. 

    The price per printed copy is calculated as follows:

    number of pages × €0.15
    + softcover and binding (€2.35) (hardcover price on request)
    + priority mail (individually calculated)

    = net price + VAT

    Please contact the Copernicus Publications Production Office for an official offer.

Inter-journal special issues  

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).

Special issue proposal & guidelines for editors

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.

Submission & review of a proposal

Please submit a two- to three-page prospectus for the special issue to the managing editor including the following:

  • title of the special issue;
  • names, affiliations, and short CVs of the proposed special issue editors;
  • start date & end date of submission;
  • a statement of the purpose of the special issue (including information on whether the special issue will include only invited papers or whether it is open for all submissions within the scope of the special issue);
  • a draft of the call for papers that will solicit submissions for the special issue;
  • any other useful information that will help to evaluate the special issue proposal (For example, is this special issue the result of one or several conference special sessions? Are there specific people that you already have in mind that might contribute? Do you have a rough idea of how many papers might be published and their average length?).

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.

Responsibilities of special issue editors

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:

  • work with the authors to obtain manuscripts of high quality;
  • ensure that authors are aware of the manuscript submission process;
  • coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (at least two independent referees);
  • ensure that the English is at a high level and request copy-editing if necessary;
  • discuss with the liaison editor any changes that constitute a significant deviation from the prospectus;
  • work to keep the special issue on schedule and periodically update the liaison editor on the progress of the special issue.

To browse existing special issues follow the link WE special issues.

Scheduled special issues

The following special issues are scheduled for publication in WE:

Ecology at the Interface
  • Guest editors: J. Stadler and D. Montesinos
  • Timeline: 17 Jun 2015 – 15 Oct 2015

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.

Moving concepts: ecological units in different contexts
  • Guest editors: K. Jax and A. Schwarz
  • Timeline: 01 Mar 2013 – indefinite
  • Articles

Ecological networks
  • Guest editors: R. Heleno and D. Montesinos 
  • Timeline: 30 Apr 2014 – indefinite
  • Articles
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