The E4 Award

8 April 2021

We are happy to announce an open competition for The Ecography Award for Excellence in Ecology and Evolution (The E4 Award). The E4 Award will be given to an early career research scientist (criteria below) who sends an exceptional Review manuscript to Ecography. The topic of the review manuscript should focus on spatial and/or temporal patterns, particularly studies of population and community ecology, macroecology, biogeography, ecological genetics, historical ecology, evolution, macroevolution, and conservation. If the award is given for a paper with multiple authors (no more than five, and the lead and corresponding authors must be early career) those meeting the early career research criteria at the time of publication will share the monetary price.

The winner of The E4 Award will receive 1000€ cash and the runner-up will receive 500€. All E4 papers that are accepted will appear in a special issue in Ecography. We will also specially promote E4 award papers on social media and encourage authors to write blog posts and make video abstracts to increase visibility and readership. We have found that previous E4 award papers are downloaded and cited more than an average research paper in Ecography.

As Ecography is a full gold Open Access journal we charge an Article Processing Charge (APC) for all accepted papers. If the winner and the runner-up have no means to cover the APC, they may apply for a waiver, as part of the Award price. More and more funders/institutions/Universities have unique agreements with Wiley, where part of the APC or the full APC is covered. Please read more here. In addition, Wiley offers waivers and discounts to corresponding authors based in developing countries. Read more here.

To apply for The E4, please submit a brief (< 300 word) proposal as a .pdf for a concise review paper in one of the areas listed above by 20 May 2021 to ecography [at] oikosoffice [dot] lu [dot] se, with “The E4 Award” in the subject line. Please also give names of all authors, affiliations, email address to contact author and date of PhD for all authors, after the title on the proposal. Then ca 4 weeks later an invitation to submit will be sent to the proposals that made it to the next step. The dead line for submitting a full Review paper will be 1 October 2021.

A pre-selection committee will evaluate these applications and choose a subset of the nominees to write review articles. These reviews do not need to cover an entire research area, and in fact can be concise summaries (< 5000 words) of particularly novel areas of research in spatial or temporal ecology.

The pre-selection selection committee will review these full submissions from the finalists and send the submissions out for peer review.

Accepted submissions will then be reassessed by the final selection committee that will choose the winner and runner-up of the E4. All submissions have the opportunity to appear in Ecography if they meet the journals standards.

Criteria: The winner must have finished her/his PhD no more than 12 years prior to the deadline (MSc students and PhD students are also eligible). Ecography realizes that life intervenes occasionally, so this cut-off is meant to be a suggestion and not a hard requirement. However, applicants should provide an explanation if they are requesting an exception (e.g. absence due to family leave, dramatic shifts in research area, etc.).

Selection committee and handling editors: Robert Holt, David Nogues-Bravo and Rob Colwell

Award decision committee: Miguel Araujo and Jens-Christian Svenning


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