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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

Guest Edited by Luiz Silva and Jenni Raitoharju

Biological invasions

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

Citizen science in ecological research

Guest Edited by Gerid Hager and Benjamin Kent Haywood

Ecology and evolution of plant–pollinator interactions

Guest Edited by Jay D. Evans and Coline Jaworski

Evolution of vertebrate flight

Guest Edited by Michael Pittman, Thomas Alexander Dececchi, and Norberto Pedro Giannini.

BMC Ecology and Evolution blogs

New Content ItemWorld Bee Day 2024: A hive of research from the BMC Series

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.


  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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Annual Journal Metrics

  • For BMC Evolutionary Biology (former title)

    Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 2.3
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 2.3
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.959
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.887

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 15
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 193

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 1,882,764
    Altmetric mentions: 3,013

  • Transparency and Openness
    TOP Factor score - 9

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