What is Ecological Archives?

Ecological Archives publishes materials that are supplemental to articles that appear in the ESA journals (Ecology, Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs, Ecosphere, and Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America), as well as peer-reviewed data papers with abstracts published in the printed journals. Ecological Archives is published in digital, Internet-accessible form.

Three kinds of publications appear in Ecological Archives: appendices, supplements, and data papers. However, these types vary among the journals. For example, Ecological Archives for the journal Ecosphere consist solely of Supplements.

Table 1. Ecological Archives categories published by journal.

  Appendices Supplements Data Papers
Ecosphere No Yes No
Ecology Yes Yes Yes
Ecological Monographs Yes Yes No
Ecological Applications Yes Yes No
Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America No Yes No

† Appendices in Ecosphere are published with the the main article rather than in Ecological Archives. Please click here for Ecosphere appendix instructions.

Ability to publish supplemental material in Ecological Archives allows authors to shorten the paper version of a manuscript, for those journals that appear in print, without withholding germane material not essential for understanding the paper. It also allows authors to make available substantial amounts of supporting material such as methodological details, data tables, graphs illustrating additional analyses, photographs, additional references, and supplemental discussion, all as citable entities.

Why publish in Ecological Archives?

  • You save page charges on print articles since there are no charges associated with publishing in Ecological Archives for files under 10 MB.
  • Access is completely unrestricted, meaning readers of the print version will be able to access these files regardless of whether they are subscribers.
  • Digital appendices in Ecological Archives provide a major avenue to concise papers. For Ecology papers, submissions longer than 20 manuscript pages that do not make use of digital appendices have a very high probability of being rejected and returned to authors for shortening; submissions longer than 30 manuscript pages that do not make use of digital archives are almost certain to be returned for shortening.
  • The online version of your published paper will have direct links to your archives - just a mouse click away!

Data Registry

In addition, all authors are encouraged to register their data at DRYAD at http://datadryad.org or another appropriate Data Registry.

Data Registries serve to announce the existence of data and to provide contact information. By registering data, one does not relinquish rights to research findings. In fact, the registries may serve to establish precedence for ecological studies.

Contacts for Ecological Archives

  • Data Editor: William K. Michener <wmichene@lternet.edu>
  • Associate Data Editor: Jane L. Bain <jlb40@cornell.edu>
  • Managing Editor: J. David Baldwin
  • Ecology Editor-in-Chief: Donald R. Strong
  • Ecological Monographs Editor-in-Chief: Aaron M. Ellison
  • Ecological Applications Editor-in-Chief: David S. Schimel
  • Bulletin Editor-in-Chief: Edward A. Johnson
  • Ecosphere Editor-in-Chief: Debra Peters
  • Ecosphere Associate Managing Editor: Ellen Cotter <ecosphere@cornell.edu>