Journal of Biogeography
Vol 40 (12 Issues in 2013)
Edited by: Robert J. Whittaker
Print ISSN: 0305-0270 Online ISSN: 1365-2699
Impact Factor: 4.863
Papers dealing with all aspects of spatial, ecological and historical biogeography are considered for publication in Journal of Biogeography. The mission of the journal is to contribute to the growth and societal relevance of the discipline of biogeography through its role in the dissemination of biogeographical research. To that end, the editorial policy is that the journal seeks to be representative of the discipline of biogeography, to be global in scope, and to be inclusive of major traditions and viewpoints within the discipline. Authors are particularly encouraged to submit concise, clearly written papers focused on precisely framed questions or hypotheses of broad interest to the wide international readership of the journal. Article formats include provocative Guest Editorials, short Commentaries and Correspondence, submissions of which are encouraged alongside standard research papers (Original Articles).
The journal was established in 1974 and is published in 12 issues a year, as part of a joint subscription package together with the sister journals Global Ecology and Biogeography and Diversity and Distributions. The three journals have overlapping scope and aims; with the sister titles each emphasising links between biogeography and related disciplines, as described below. The editors reserve the right to transfer material between the journals where this is deemed most suitable.
Journal of Biogeography continues to be essential reading for all environmentalists, biogeographers, ecologists, biologists, botanists and zoologists.
Global Ecology and Biogeography focuses on the emerging field of macroecology: the study of broad, consistent patterns in the ecological characteristics of organisms and ecosystems. The journal emphasizes studies that address general ecological hypotheses, explored and tested using data of broad geographic, taxonomic, or temporal scope. A variety of approaches are represented: empirical studies documenting ecological and biogeographic patterns, theoretical studies that explore the causes of those patterns, applied studies of impacts of anthropogenic influences, as well as methodological studies of the tools used to study these problems. Recent work published in Global Ecology and Biogeography has included topics such as broad-scale patterns of biodiversity, ecosystem responses to global climate change, historical and evolutionary biogeography, remote sensing of ecosystem properties, species abundance and species range patters, and statistical methodologies. The journal was established in 1991 and is published in 6 issues a year.
Diversity and Distributions publishes papers on a wide range of themes relating to the study of biodiversity. The journal has become and will remain a key forum for research on the ecology of biological invasions. The adoption, in 2005, of the subtitle A Journal of Conservation Biogeography recognises the need for a journal whose primary mission is to focus on the application of biogeographical theories and methods to conservation problems at scales from landscape up to the global. The journal was launched in 1998 and is published in six issues a year.