Ideas in Ecology and Evolution

Ideas in Ecology and Evolution is a peer-reviewed, open-access, electronic journal published at Queen's University.

Ideas in Ecology and Evolution publishes forum-style articles that develop new ideas or that involve original commentaries on any topics within the broad domains of fundamental or applied ecology or evolution. They may encompass any level of biological organization, and involve any taxa, including humans. Articles may concern subject matter within any recognized sub-discipline of ecology or evolution, or they may be broader in scope, including articles that aim to inform fields of study outside of biology. All articles are joined by a conceptual foundation in the core principles of ecology and evolution studied by biologists.

Creativity and controversy are the catalysts of scientific enquiry. The central mission of this journal is to provide a rapidly published repository for cutting-edge novel thinking and opinion-pieces—to serve effectively as a ‘catalogue' for modelers and empiricists, as well as for educators and the media, from which they can ‘shop' for original ideas and hypotheses that have been subjected to critical evaluation and response by professional biologists, and that are available to be explored, debated and tested. Readers can also post comments on individual articles. As a reliable source of inspiration, Ideas in Ecology and Evolution aims to play a leading role in guiding the direction and progress of both future research and public awareness in ecology and evolution.

IEE also publishes a feature section—Future of Publishing—which focusses specifically on commentary and analyses that provide insights into the process of scholarly communication in ecology and evolution. These articles provide exploration, interpretations, and recommendations for advancing communication tools for researchers, and the dissemination of all forms of research products. 

Ideas in Ecology and Evolution is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and is registered with Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, CrossRef, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  IEE is a participating member of LOCKSS ('Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe'), which creates a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.  IEE is searchable through Google Scholar, and by using any Open Archives Initiative (OAI) compliant metadata harvester. Google Scholar also tracks number of citations and lists citations for articles published in IEE.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

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Vol 7, No 1 (2014)

Table of Contents


Self-citation by researchers: narcissism or an inevitable outcome of a cohesive and sustained research program? PDF
Steven Cooke, Michael R. Donaldson
Reject, Revise, and Resubmit - Please... PDF
Steven Cooke

New Idea

Fishing for significance in phylogenies: too many alternatives for the same outcome, or an appeal to Journal editors PDF
Jorge Oscar Chiapella, Joseph C. Kuhl, Pablos H. Demaio, Leonardo D. Amarilla
A hypothesis to explain host species differences in resistance to multi-host parasites PDF
Mark R. Forbes, Julia J. Mlynarek


Fishing for philosophical phylogenetic foibles PDF
Root Gorelick
Specificity in parasites with multiple hosts: The view from the hosts' perspective PDF
George A. Lozano
Indigenous sciences are not pseudoscience PDF
Root Gorelick
Western and Indigenous sciences: colonial heritage, epistemological status, and contribution of a cross-cultural dialogue PDF
Marie-Eve Drouin-Gagne
Zero tolerance to plagiarism will kill inspiration: a critique for academic meritocracy PDF
Hans Henrik Bruun
How Stephen Jay Gould wrote Macbeth--Not giving credit where it's due: lazy referencing and ignoring precedence PDF
Simon Robert Leather
Citation, credit, and the ambiguous nature of creative science--a wider perspective for Bruun's views PDF
David M. Wilkinson

Future of Publishing

Lights, camera, science: The utility and growing popularity of film festivals at scientific meetings PDF
Erica R Staaterman, Ashwin A Bhandiwad, Philip M Gravinese, Perri M Moeller, Zachary C Reichenbach, Andrew A Shantz, David S Shiffman, Lauren T Toth, Alexandria M Warneke, Austin J Gallagher
The four pillars of scholarly publishing: The future and a foundation PDF
Jarrett E. K. Byrnes, Edward B. Baskerville, Bruce Caron, Cameron Neylon, Carol Tenopir, Mark Schildhauer, Amber Budden, Lonnie Aarssen, Christopher Lortie

ISSN: 1918-3178 Ideas in Ecology and Evolution
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