Functional Ecology (journal)

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Functional Ecology  
Functional Ecology Vol 28 issue 1 cover.jpg
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Funct. Ecol.
Discipline Functional ecology
Language English
Edited by Charles Fox
Publication details
Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the British Ecological Society (United Kingdom)
Publication history
Frequency Bimonthly
ISSN 0269-8463 (print)
1365-2435 (web)
LCCN 91656038
OCLC no. 15596280

Functional Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal on organismal ecology publishing papers on physiological, behavioural, and evolutionary ecology, emphasising an integrative approach. The scope of the journal has changed over time. A recent editorial stated that the journal is increasing its coverage of community, evolutionary, and ecosystem ecology.[1] The journal was established in 1987 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the British Ecological Society. The editor-in-chief is Charles Fox, (University of Kentucky).

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Elsevier BIOBASE/Current Awareness in Biological Sciences, Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, the Science Citation Index, The Zoological Record, and BIOSIS Previews. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2012 impact factor of 4.860, ranking it 19th among 136 journals in the category "Ecology".[2]

Types of papers[edit]

The journal publishes the following types of papers:

  • Standard Papers - a typical experimental, comparative or theoretical paper
  • Reviews - syntheses of topics of broad ecological interest
  • Perspectives - short articles presenting new ideas (without data) intended to stimulate scientific debate
  • Special Features - a collection of manuscripts, typically Reviews or Perspectives, on a single theme

The journal also produces podcasts on a semi-regular basis, usually focussing on a recent article.


  1. ^ Irschick, Duncan; Charles Fox; Ken Thompson; Alan Knapp; Liz Baker; Jennifer Meyer (28 January 2013). "Functional ecology: integrative research in the modern age of ecology". Functional Ecology 27 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12037. 
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Ecology". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2013. 

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