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New Initiative – Highlighting of Papers with Graduate or Undergraduate Students as Lead Authors

Oecologia has initiated a new section in its journal dedicated to highlighting exceptional, original research publications that are part of graduate or undergraduate student theses and carry the name of the student as the lead author.

Papers in this category will be published under the heading "Highlighted Student Research", and will be included in the initial topical section of the journal issue in which it is published. Furthermore, each highlighted paper will be featured in the Springer Table of Contents Alerts that is sent to more than 10,000 e-subscribers each month.

This initiative is intended to honor the highest quality student research, and papers must be recommended for this honor by Handling Editors for Oecologia, following the normal peer review process.

Students who wish their papers to be considered for the honor should explain in the cover letter the main reasons why the paper represents an outstanding contribution to the field, and indicate such wish by marking the appropriate box for the Oecologia Highlighted Student Research paper during the online submission process.

Oecologia publishes innovative ecological research of general interest to a broad international audience. We publish several types of manuscripts in many areas of ecology:


Concepts, Reviews and Syntheses

Views and Comments

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Physiological ecology - Original research

Behavioral ecology - Original research

Population ecology - Original research

Plant-microbe-animal interactions - Original research

Community ecology - Original research

Ecosystem ecology - Original research

Global change ecology - Original research

Conservation ecology - Original research

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