Ecology and Society

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Ecology and Society  
Former names
Conservation Ecology
Discipline Ecology, Environmental studies
Edited by Carl Folke, Lance Gunderson
Publication details
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1708-3087

Ecology and Society (formerly Conservation Ecology) is a quarterly open access interdisciplinary scientific journal published by the Resilience Alliance. It covers an array of disciplines from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities concerned with the relationship between society and the life-supporting ecosystems on which human well-being ultimately depends. The journal's editors are Carl Folke (Stockholm Resilience Centre) and Lance Gunderson (Emory University). C. S. Holling was the founding editor.

Issues are available online as "in progress" as soon as articles are published. Special features are published separately throughout the year. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 2.669.[1]

As of October 2011, the three most cited articles from Ecology and Society were:

  • BH Walker, C.S. Holling, S.R. Carpenter, A Kinzig. 2004. Resilience, adaptability and transformability in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 9(2):5
  • JM Anderies, MA Janssen, E Ostrom. 2004. A framework to analyze the robustness of social-ecological systems from an institutional perspective. Ecology and Society 9(1):18
  • DW Cash, NW Adger, F Berkes et al. 2006. Scale and cross-scale dynamics: Governance and information in a multilevel world. Ecology and Society 11(2):8


  1. ^ "Ecology and Society". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.) (Thomson Reuters). 2014. 

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