Author Guidelines

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There are no page charges.

Colour plates are published for free.

You can publish your manuscript Open Access (see below).

Please avoid submitting LaTex files.

We encourage authors to archive raw data at open data repositories.

Author Guidelines


Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that the work has not been published before, is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has been read and approved by all authors. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors agree to assign exclusive copyright to the journal should the manuscript be accepted for publication.

iThenticateBefore review, all manuscripts submitted to Ecography is checked with the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. To find out more about iThenticate and CrossCheck visit

After submitting your manuscript you will receive a receipt with a tracking number. Please refer to this number in all correspondence with the Editorial Office.

Guidelines for manuscript preparation

Manuscripts must be written in English. All text, including tables, figure captions and reference list should be double spaced, with line and page numbers. Manuscripts should follow The Chicago Manual of Style and The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.


Manuscripts can only be submitted online at: and should preferably be submitted as separate text and figure files. Preferred file formats for the main document, including tables and figure legends is .doc or .docx. Pdf-files are accepted during the review process but a doc file is required should the manuscript be accepted. Preferred formats for figure files are: .eps .tif or high-resolution .jpeg

Title. The title should be brief and contain words useful for indexing and information retrieval. Think carefully about the title as a good and informative title will give you a greater readership.

Abstract. This should summarise the main results and conclusions of the paper. Should not exceed 300 words.

Text. Please include a title page containing the title and the author's name, address, and email-address. Scientific species names should be given the first time the species is mentioned in the text. Use SI-units as far as possible.

Illustrations. Tables and legends of illustrations should be written double spaced on separate pages. Do not incorporate the legend in the figure itself. Tables and illustrations should be comprehensible without reference to the text. Do not use italic lettering.

Please submit figures as separate TIFF files or non-rasterised EPS files if possible. JPEG and PDF files is acceptable if they are of high resolution, make sure too zoom in to confirm this. Detailed information on digital illustration standards can be found at

Tables. Should be included at separate pages and double-spaced.

References. Please refer to a recent issue of Ecography when making the reference list. If a reference manager software is used, make sure to double-check the references and the reference list before you submit your manuscript. The reference list should be double spaced and arranged alphabetically on authors' names and chronologically per author. If the author's name is also mentioned with co-authors, then publications of the single author, arranged chronologically should be given first, then publications of the same author with one co-author, arranged chronologically. Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed as 2013a, 2013b, etc. Do not refer to unpublished material.

Journal Article

Titles of journals should be abbreviated following Biological Abstracts.

In the text:
Haila and Järvinen (1983) or (Haila and Järvinen 1983).

In the reference list:
Haila, Y. and Järvinen, O. 1983. Land bird communities on a Finnish island: species impoverishment and abundance patterns. - Oikos 41: 255-273.

If more than two authors, in the text:
Lindsay et al. (2000) or (Lindsay et al. 2000)


In the text:
Mayr (1963) or (Mayr 1963).

In the reference list:
Mayr, E. 1963. Animal species and evolution. - Harvard Univ. Press.

Book chapters: Goodall, D. W. 1972. Building and testing ecosystem models. - In: Jeffers, J. N. R. (ed.), Mathematical models in ecology. Blackwell, pp. 173-194.

Appendices: Supplementary material may be posted as electronic appendices on the journal's appendix site.

Supplementary material must follow the guidelines given here: 

After acceptance

Average time from acceptance to online publication is around 4-6 weeks.

Authors will receive electronic proofs via e-mail, together with the Exclusive License Form (ELF).

Exclusive Licence Form. Authors will be required to sign the Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. (US government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned). After publication authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details).

No offprints will be supplied. Instead the corresponding authors will receive a PDF file to use at their discretion.

The articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes or in electronic databases and the like or reproduced photographically without the prior written permission of the journal.

OnlineOpen  (= Open Access) is available to authors who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see here:

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.