Immediate Science Ecology <p><strong>Immediate Science Ecology</strong> is an editorial-reviewed, open-access, electronic journal published at Queen’s University.  Opportunity for post-publication peer review and detailed download statistics are provided.  Undergraduate honor’s students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows publish free of charge.</p><p>The primary goal of <strong>Immediate Science Ecology</strong> (ISE pronounced ‘eyes’) is to accelerate the rate of discovery in ecology.  This can be achieved through at least the three following pathways: discovery, documentation, and development.  All submissions are first identified as empirical or review.  Then, accordingly, the authors must identify both in the submission and in the keywords whether the article is forwarding ecology via discovery (preliminary or exploratory study), documentation (confirmatory study or refutation of previous studies), or development (a standard study).  The former two instances accelerate discovery in ecology by providing both the substrate for additional research developments and an accurate picture of the research conducted to date to the community so as to avoid repetition by others of work formerly unpublished and largely unknown.  The latter category enhances synthesis and research by providing a niche for studies that need to be published very quickly so as to inform the community or public about important findings. Any level of biological organization including humans is considered.</p><p>ISE is searchable though Google Scholar, and by using any Open Archives Initiative (OAI) compliant metadata harvester.  Google Scholar also tracks number of citations and lists citations for articles published herein.</p> en-US Immediate Science Ecology 1929-2201 <p>This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.</p> Species from different taxonomic groups show similar invasion traits Invasion ecology tends to treat taxonomic groups separately. However, given that all invasive species go through the same stages of the invasion process (transport, escape, establishment, spread), it is likely that – across taxa – comparable traits help to successfully complete this process ("invasion traits"). Perhaps not all invasive species have the same invasion traits, but different combinations of invasion traits can be found among invaders, corresponding to different possibilities to become a successful invader. These combinations of invasion traits might be linked to taxonomic affiliation, but this is not necessarily the case. We created a global dataset with 201 invasive species from seven major taxonomic groups (animals, green plants, fungi, heterokonts, bacteria, red algae, alveolates) and 13 invasion traits that are applicable across all taxa. The dataset was analysed with cluster analysis to search for similarities in combinations of invasion traits. Three of the five clusters, comprising 60% of all species, contain several major taxonomic groups. While some invasion trait frequencies were significantly related to taxonomic affiliation, the results show that invasive species from different taxonomic groups often share similar combinations of invasion traits. A post-hoc analysis suggests that combinations of traits characterizing successful invaders can be associated with invasion stages across taxa. Our findings suggest that there are no universal invasion traits which could explain the invasion success of all invaders, but that invaders are successful for different reasons which are represented by different combinations of invasion traits across taxonomic groups. Tina Heger Sylvia Haider Wolf-Christian Saul Jonathan M. Jeschke ##submission.copyrightStatement## 2015-04-21 2015-04-21 3 10.7332/ise.v3i0.5603