About the Journal

Nature Ecology & Evolution is a new online-only journal, publishing monthly from January 2017.

Aims and scope

We are interested in the best research from across the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, with our broad scope ensuring that work published reaches the widest possible audience of scientists. We will also publish News & Views, Reviews, Comments, Features and a range of other content, that elaborate on significant advances and debates in the field and cover topical issues and societal implications.

Online publication

Nature Ecology & Evolution is an exclusively online publication. This allows us to publish research articles as soon as they are ready, which benefits authors with an earlier publication date and allows our readers access to accepted papers several weeks before they would appear in a specific issue. Note that papers published online are definitive and may be altered only through the publication of an addendum, corrigendum or erratum, so authors should make every effort to ensure that the page proofs are correct.

Editors and contact information

Like the other Nature titles, Nature Ecology & Evolution has no external editorial board. Instead, all editorial decisions are made by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds.

General editorial inquiries and correspondence should be addressed to the Editor, at ecoevo@nature.com.

Inquiries about the status of a manuscript should be addressed to the Editorial Assistant, at ecoevo@nature.com.

To inquire about institutional access, advertising or marketing please contact the appropriate department.

Relationship to other Nature journals

Nature Ecology & Evolution is editorially independent; its editors make their own decisions, independent of the other Nature journals. If a paper is rejected from one Nature journal, the authors can use an automated manuscript transfer service to submit the paper to Nature Ecology & Evolution via a link sent to them by the editor handling the manuscript. Authors should note that referees' comments (including any confidential comments to the editor) and identities are transferred to the editor of the second journal along with the manuscript. The journal editors will take the previous reviews into account when making their decision, although in some cases the editors may choose to take advice from additional or alternative referees. Alternatively, authors may choose to request a fresh review, in which case they should not use the automated transfer link, and the editors will evaluate the paper without reference to the previous review process. More details are available on the manuscript transfer service and on the relationships between Nature titles.

For papers that could satisfy the scope of more than one Nature journal, the choice of which journal to submit to first lies with the authors.

For more information, please consult the following:

Details of the manuscript transfer service

Listing of all NPG journals and subject areas

A general explanation of the relationships between Nature titles 


The correct abbreviation for abstracting and indexing purposes is Nat. Ecol. Evol.


The electronic international standard serial numbers (EISSN) for Nature Ecology & Evolution is ISSN 2397-334X.