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Chemical signaling in plant and animal interactions

Guest Edited by Deguang Liu and Amélie Saunier

New Content ItemEcosystem restoration, regeneration and rewilding

Guest Edited by Carmel McDougall and Nancy Shackelford

New Content ItemAutomated and remote biodiversity monitoring

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Biological invasions

Guest Edited by Gary Bucciarelli, Victoria Dominguez Almela, and Josie South

Citizen science in ecological research

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Ecology and evolution of plant–pollinator interactions

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Evolution of vertebrate flight

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BMC Ecology and Evolution blogs

New Content ItemBehind the paper: The origin and evolution of woolly rhinoceros in the view of ancient DNA

Junxia Yuan and Guilian Sheng highlight how advancements in ancient DNA technology have enabled their research on the evolution of the woolly rhinoceros. Their findings suggest that Northern China could be a refugium and a key evolution center of the Pleistocene woolly rhinoceros.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Heads or tails? A new look at birthing strategies of extinct marine reptiles

Feiko Miedema tells us the story behind his paper using fossil evidence to investigate the evolution of ichthyosaur birth positions.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Statistical mechanics of prokaryote pan-genomes

Using metabolic reactions, Daniel Garza and colleagues introduce a sampling approach that disentangles the drivers of pan-genome evolution and provides a mechanistic interpretation for gene frequencies.

New Content Item © Eleanor HayBehind the Paper: Honeyeaters prove Darwin right

Eleanor Hay tells us the story behind her paper exploring geographic range size and speciation in honeyeaters.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: Palaeontology in a pandemic

Jordon Mallon tells us how a team of trans-Pacific palaeontologists came together during the COVID-19 pandemic to remotely work on describing exciting new Hadrosauroid dinosaur eggs and embryos from China.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper - How standing genetic diversity influences species responses to environmental change 

Understanding how species respond to climate change is critical for their conservation. Buckley and colleagues use genomic and environmental data of two threatened freshwater fishes to show how complex intraspecific patterns of genetic diversity might shape species responses.

New Content ItemBehind the Paper: From pocket lizards to mighty dragons - evolution of growth patterns in monitor lizards

Monitor lizards vary greatly in size and habitat preferences, both among species and between babies and adults of the same species. Pavón-Vázquez and colleagues use this diversity to study how size-imposed constraints and ecological features influence the evolution of growth patterns.


  1. Authors: Ricardo Betancur-R, Edward O. Wiley, Gloria Arratia, Arturo Acero, Nicolas Bailly, Masaki Miya, Guillaume Lecointre and Guillermo Ortí

Aims and scope

BMC Ecology and Evolution, formerly known as BMC Evolutionary Biology, is an open access, peer-reviewed journal interested in all aspects of ecological and evolutionary biology. The journal considers articles on a broad range of topics, including population genetics, conservation genetics, phylogenetics, behavioural ecology, population ecology, macroecology, palaeontology, biodiversity (e.g. environmental DNA approaches), theoretical research (e.g. terraforming) and ecological and evolutionary developmental biology.

2024 Image Competition

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We are delighted to announce the launch of our first joint BMC Ecology and Evolution and BMC Zoology image competition! Bringing together art and science, the competition aims to showcase the beauty of ecology, evolutionary biology and zoological research. Guidelines to enter can be found here.  

Research highlights

New Content ItemEvidence South American theropods were blighted by bone diseases

Analysis of South American abelisaurid theropods reveals potential bone diseases like arthritis, shedding light on varied pathologies beyond injuries.

New Content ItemFirst filter feeding in the Early Triassic

Fossils suggests that a marine reptile from the Early Triassic sifted prey with plates similar to modern baleen whales, in an example of convergent evolution.

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  • For BMC Evolutionary Biology (former title)

    2022 Citation Impact
    3.4 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.6 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.061 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.968 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

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    29 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
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