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Call for Papers: Applications of Environmental DNA and RNA in Ecology

BMC Ecology and Evolution has launched a new collection to bring together research that uses environmental DNA and RNA approaches to:
● Analyse past and present biodiversity
● Monitor ecosystem health and dynamics 
● Analyse diet and trophic interactions
● Detect endangered, rare or cryptic species
● Support SDG6, SDG14 or SDG15.

Please click the above link for further information and to submit to the collection.

New in BMC Ecology and Evolution

Extensive loss of Wnt genes in Tardigrada

Chavarria and colleagues investigate the body plan evolution of tardigrades and find that loss of Wnt genes may be related to their simplified development, anatomy and miniaturization.

Airborne environmental DNA metabarcoding detects more diversity, with less sampling effort, than a traditional plant community survey

In the face of global change, monitoring changes in biodiversity is essential. Johnson and colleagues explore the use of airborne environmental DNA (eDNA) as a method of whole plant community monitoring.

Exceptionally simple, rapidly replaced teeth in sauropod dinosaurs demonstrate a novel evolutionary strategy for herbivory in Late Jurassic ecosystems

Melstrom et al. uncover a novel approach to a plant-based diet, unique to sauropods, a genus of long-necked dinosaurs thought to be the largest animals to have ever lived on land.


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

    Content type: Research article

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.


Assistant Editor

  • Alexandria Latto, BioMed Central

Senior Editorial Board Members

  • David Liberles, Temple University, USA
  • Arndt von Haeseler, Max F Perutz Laboratories, Austria
  • Carmel McDougall, Griffith University, Australia
  • Christy Anna Hipsley, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Arne Traulsen, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
  • Luke Jacobus, Indiana University, USA
  • Josef Settele, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
  • David Ferrier, University of St Andrews, UK

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For authors considering submitting research involving phylogenetic analysis, please consult our editorial for guidance on the methodologies we consider to be of a suitable standard for consideration in BMC Evolutionary Biology.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • For BMC Evolutionary Biology (former title)

    99 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    85 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    214 days from submission to acceptance
    22 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    3.260 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.732 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.198 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.531 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    1,846 Altmetric Mentions

    Transparency and Openness
    TOP Factor score - 9