Ecology and Society

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Ecology and Society  
DisciplineEcology, Environmental studies
Edited byCarl Folke, Lance Gunderson
Publication details
Former name(s)
Conservation Ecology
Standard abbreviations
Ecol. Soc.

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. Many of the articles in Ecology and Society are published as part of special features. Much of the research from a social-ecological systems perspective is published in Ecology and Society. Recent special features include "Understanding Human Resilience in the Context of Interconnected Health and Social Systems", "Advancing the Understanding of Behavior in Social-Ecological Systems: Results from Lab and Field Experiments", and "A Framework for Analyzing, Comparing, and Diagnosing Social-Ecological Systems."

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2018 impact factor of 4.14, and it ranks 18 of 116 journals in the field of Environmental Studies and 29 of 164 in the field of Ecology.[1]

As of June 2019, 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
  • J Rockström, W Steffen, K Noone et al. 2009 Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity. Ecology and Society 14(2):32
  • 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". 2018 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2018.

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