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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development

Call for papers

New Content ItemBiodiversity helps to ensure a healthy and functioning planet. We depend on biodiversity to facilitate ecosystem services essential for life and our well-being. These include the microorganisms that enrich soil and purify water, the pollinators that give us food, and the plants that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, as the human impact on the planet intensifies, the ability of ecosystems to provide these services is increasingly compromised.

To highlight this issue and support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) 6: Clean water and sanitation, 13: Climate action, 14: Life below water and 15: Life on land, BMC Ecology and Evolution have launched this collection to bring together research on:

  • the impact of human activity on biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems,
  • reducing degradation of natural habitats,
  • halting biodiversity loss and protecting threatened species,
  • sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems,
  • the trafficking of protected species and
  • the ecological impact of invasive species.

Meet the Guest Editors

Assoc. Prof. Gary Bucciarelli, UCLA, USA

New Content ItemDr Gary Bucciarelli currently serves as the Director of Research at the UCLA Stunt Ranch Biological Field Station and holds an Associate Professor position in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology. His research focuses on freshwater ecosystems to understand the drivers of population change, stressors affecting biodiversity patterns, and solutions to restore ecosystems. 

Assoc. Prof. Luisa Orsini, University of Birmingham, UK

New Content ItemDr Luisa Orsini is an Associate Professor in Biosystems and Environmental Change at the University of Birmingham, UK. She uses multidisciplinary science to understand evolutionary processes and mechanisms that enable freshwater communities responsible for delivering critical ecosystem services to persist in the face of human impact. Orsini develops biotechnologies for process-scale surface and wastewater decontamination and novel tools for the cost-effective and high throughput quantification of biodiversity to guide environment agencies and policymakers in conservation strategies. By translating cutting-edge multidisciplinary science into practical applications, Orsini provides tools and processes for mitigation interventions that enable green growth and meet UN developmental goals. 

Assoc. Prof. Luke Jacobus, IUPUC, USA

New Content ItemLuke is Associate Professor of Biology at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus and a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University, West Lafayette. His research focuses on the diversity and distribution of mayflies worldwide, including their roles in ecosystem services. Among others, Luke teaches a Global Change Biology class and is an active member of his campus's Sustainability committee.

Submission guidelines

This Collection will consider research, database and software articles. Review articles will be considered at the discretion of the Journal's Editor. Please note that unsolicited reviews will not be considered as per our submission guidelines. 

Datasets, descriptions and short reports relevant to the Collection will be considered by BMC Research Notes as data or research notes. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Articles under consideration for publication within the collection will be assessed according to the standard BMC Ecology and Evolution editorial criteria and will undergo the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by Editorial Board Members Assoc. Prof. Gary Bucciarelli (UCLA, USA), Assoc. Prof. Luisa Orsini (University of Birmingham, UK) and Assoc. Prof. Luke Jacobus (IUPUC, USA).  

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Ecology and Evolution. Please ensure you highlight in your cover letter that you are submitting to a collection and select the collection in the submission questionnaire in Editorial Manager.

If accepted for publication, an article processing charge applies. Please click here to find out about our standard waiver policy. 

Submission deadline: 30th April 2023

Published collection articles

  1. In the last 171 years, the forests along the eastern bank of the Panama Canal have been pressured by anthropic activities. Studies of the influence of habitat fragmentation on braconid wasp communities in Cent...

    Authors: Louise A. Rodríguez and Enrique Medianero
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:98
  2. To accommodate an ever-increasing human population, agriculture is rapidly intensifying at the expense of natural habitat, with negative and widely reported effects on biodiversity in general and on wild bee a...

    Authors: Johannes Garlin, Panagiotis Theodorou, Elisa Kathe, José Javier G. Quezada-Euán, Robert J. Paxton and Antonella Soro
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:94
  3. High levels of standing genomic variation in wide-ranging marine species may enhance prospects for their long-term persistence. Patterns of connectivity and adaptation in such species are often thought to be i...

    Authors: Andrea Barceló, Jonathan Sandoval-Castillo, Chris J. Brauer, Kerstin Bilgmann, Guido J. Parra, Luciano B. Beheregaray and Luciana M. Möller
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:88
  4. The rising temperature of the oceans has been identified as the primary driver of mass coral reef declines via coral bleaching (expulsion of photosynthetic endosymbionts). Marine protected areas (MPAs) have be...

    Authors: Jack V. Johnson, Jaimie T. A. Dick and Daniel Pincheira-Donoso
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:58

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:81

  5. Intense conversion of tropical forests into agricultural systems contributes to habitat loss and the decline of ecosystem functions. Plant-pollinator interactions buffer the process of forest fragmentation, en...

    Authors: Carina Carneiro de Melo Moura, Christina A. Setyaningsih, Kevin Li, Miryam Sarah Merk, Sonja Schulze, Rika Raffiudin, Ingo Grass, Hermann Behling, Teja Tscharntke, Catrin Westphal and Oliver Gailing
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:51
  6. African pangolins are currently experiencing unprecedented levels of harvesting, feeding both local demands and the illegal international trade. So far, the lack of knowledge on the population genetics of Afri...

    Authors: Stanislas Zanvo, Chabi A. M. S. Djagoun, Akomian F. Azihou, Bruno Djossa, Komlan Afiademanyo, Ayodeji Olayemi, Clément Agbangla, Brice Sinsin and Philippe Gaubert
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:16

Annual Journal Metrics

  • For BMC Evolutionary Biology (former title)

    Citation Impact
    3.436 - 2-year Impact Factor (2021)
    3.897 - 5-year Impact Factor (2021)
    1.242 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.784 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) 

    108 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    91 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    1,878,380 Downloads (2021)
    1,901 Altmetric mentions (2021)

    Transparency and Openness
    TOP Factor score - 9

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