Ideas in Ecology and Evolution

Ideas in Ecology and Evolution  is a peer-reviewed, open-access, non-profit, electronic journal published at Queen's University.

IEE publishes forum-style articles that develop new ideas or that involve original commentaries on any topics within the broad domains of fundamental or applied ecology or evolution. They may encompass any level of biological organization, and involve any taxa, including humans. Articles may concern focussed subject matter within a particular sub-discipline of ecology or evolution, or they may be broader in scope, including articles that aim to inform fields of study outside of biology.

Creativity and controversy are the catalysts of scientific enquiry and discovery. The central mission of this journal is to provide a rapidly published repository for novel thinking and opinion-pieces — to serve effectively as a 'catalogue' for modelers and empiricists, as well as for educators and the media, from which they can 'shop' for original ideas and hypotheses that have been subjected to critical peer review (including with published commentary response from professional biologists), and that are available then to be explored, debated and tested by researchers.  As a reliable source of inspiration, Ideas in Ecology and Evolution  aims to play an important role in guiding the direction and progress of both future research and public awareness in ecology and evolution.

IEE also publishes a feature section — Future of Publishing — which focusses specifically on commentary and analyses that provide insights into the process of scholarly communication in ecology and evolution, including with inspiration for other fields of study. These articles provide exploration, interpretations, and recommendations for advancing communication tools for researchers, and the dissemination of all forms of research products. 

Ideas in Ecology and Evolution  is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and is registered with Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, CrossRef, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  IEE is a participating member of Scholars Portal and LOCKSS ('Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe'), which creates a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. 

IEE is searchable using Web of Science (starting 2015) and  Google Scholar, and by using any Open Archives Initiative (OAI) compliant metadata harvester. 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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