Wiley have just launched the Anywhere Article, which is an enhanced version of the HTML article. It allows readers to view an article on any device - whether at a desktop, or on the move with a tablet or smart phone, and it includes a host of useful new features.
Here are a few of the features that an Anywhere Article offers:
o Superfluous information is kept tucked away under a hyperlink, which you can click on for further information if you choose e.g. an author’s contact information and links to any of their previous publications stored on Wiley Online Library.
o There’s a panel on the left-hand side of the screen where you can view the article information, the reference list, download a PDF, and open the interactive figure viewer.
o There’s a menu on the right-hand side of the screen that lets you skip between sections.
o If you click on a reference within the article, the full details will pop-up in the left-hand panel, along with links to the abstract online, and details of it’s previous citations.
o You can open figures in the figure viewer, which allows you to zoom in, download as a Continue reading
In the 4th and final installment of Barb Anderson’s INTECOL 2013 podcasts, she asks a number of delegates: What method has transformed your field the most, during your career?
The answers in this podcast are given by the following people:
- Steve Hubbell, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (00.21)
- Georgina Mace, University College London, UK (00.44)
- Carsten Dormann, University of Freiburg, Germany (01.07)
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Issue 5.2 is now available online!
This month we have papers on equipment, physiology, decomposition, community ecology and movement. There are 2 open access articles included: Simplifying data acquisition in plant canopies- Measurements of leaf angles with a cell phone by Adrián G. Escribano-Rocafort et al., and Personal messages reduce vandalism and theft of unattended scientific equipment by Markus Clarin et al.
The Max Plank Institute for Ornithology published a press release, Hands off – please!, about Markus’s paper, which came to the interesting conclusion that leaving friendly information signs on scientific equipment in the field can actually reduce the incidence of vandalism.
About the cover: Besides the surging interest in social behaviour, the influence of conspecifics on movement behavior is still an area in which the development of Continue reading
Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MEE) is seeking a new Senior Editor to strengthen and complement the existing team, and to continue raising the Journal’s profile worldwide. The candidate will join Executive Editor, Professor Rob Freckleton, and Senior Editor, Dr Bob O’Hara, who are supported by an international board of 47 Associate Editors along with an in-house editorial team.
MEE promotes the development of new methods in ecology and evolution, and facilitates their dissemination and uptake by the research community. MEE brings together papers from previously disparate sub-disciplines to provide a single forum for tracking Continue reading
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
To celebrate the joint meeting on the impact of pesticides on bee health in January, hosted by the Biochemical Society, the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology, the BES has compiled a free virtual issue on Pollinator Ecology. The papers included are drawn from all five BES journals and provide examples of the latest research in pollinator ecology from flower visitation and ecosystem services, to the effects of invasive pollinators, agriculture, pesticides and bee pathogens. Click here to read the virtual issue.
The first issue of 2014 is now online, and is freely available – enjoy!
This month we have included articles on estimating extinction rates, demographics, missing data, networks, and large-scale experiments. There are 2 open access articles: Using time-to-event analysis to complement hierarchical methods when assessing determinants of photographic detectability during camera trapping by Richard Bischof et al., and Designing forest biodiversity experiments: general considerations illustrated by a new large experiment in subtropical China by Helge Bruelheide et al., along with an application article: A method for detecting modules in quantitative bipartite networks, by Carsten F. Dormann and Rouven Strauss.
About the cover: Camera trapping has become an important tool for ecological study, especially when working with elusive species in remote areas. This issue’s cover image shows a series of photos of snow leopards collected by the authors with camera traps in the mountains of northern Pakistan in 2011 and 2012. Each row of images is a separate sequence, captured at a different site. The data from camera trapping – evidence of an organism in space and time – are a result of the ecological process of presence vs. absence and the observation process of detection vs. non-detection. The article associated with the image, Using time-to-event analysis to complement hierarchical methods when assessing determinants of photographic detectability during camera trapping, demonstrates how hierarchical analytical methods, in combination with time-to-event statistics, can yield valuable insights into how photographic evidence accumulates during camera trapping. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences published a press release about this article, entitled ‘Spying on snow leopards’.
To keep up to date with Methods newest content, have a look at our Accepted Articles and Early View articles, which will be included in forthcoming issues.
At INTECOL 2013, Methods’ Associate Editor, Barb Anderson, interviewed a number of delegates and asked them: If you could invent a method, what would it be?
The answers in this podcast are given by the following people:
- Carsten Dormann, University of Freiburg, Germany (00.17)
- Helen Roy, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK (00.36)
- Georgina Mace, University College London, UK (01.01) Continue reading
Until now, Methods and the other BES Journals have recommended that authors should archive any data associated with their papers; from 6th January 2014, this will be required for publication.
The thinking behind this is that all raw data should be preserved in a usable form for future generations of researchers; a third-party should be able to reproduce a study independently and perform their own analyses, thus minimizing the time and energy required to advance ecological science.
Authors are free to choose which data archiving site they use, as long as it provides public access and guaranteed preservation. Some suitable databases that authors could consider include: Dryad, TreeBASE, figshare, NERC data centres, and GenBank. Personal or institutional websites are unsuitable because they do not fully guarantee permanency.
Authors can also choose whether the data is made publicly available when the article is published online, or if the chosen archive site allows, they can opt to embargo access to the data for a period of time (usually up to a year, but this can be extended in special circumstances at the Editor’s discretion).
All of our papers will include a ‘Data Accessibility’ section containing the location of the archived data.
For answers to the following questions, have a look at our Data Archiving Q&A:
- Why is there an expectation to archive data associated with papers published in this journal?
- Where can data be stored?
- How much data must be stored?
- The data associated with this paper have already been archived. Do they need to be archived again?
- When, how and where should the data be referenced in the paper?…
- Some of the data associated with this paper are not owned by the authors. For example held in a restricted national/ international database or owned and held by a private organisation. How is this referenced?
- What format does the data need to be in?
- The data associated with this paper are sensitive, do they still have to be archived?
- Once archived, who will own the data?
- How should the ‘Data Accessibility’ section be formatted?
Of course, authors can choose not to archive their data and submit their article elsewhere for publication.
If you have any feedback, or questions that have not been covered in the Q&A, feel free to contact MEE: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last May we started a trial with Altmetric, using their tools to track the online presence of papers, e.g. on Twitter, blogs, and Facebook. Each paper gets an Altmetric score, which is updated as more data comes in. So, for example, this paper currently has a score of 42 (and boy will I be upset with myself if this blog post pushes it higher than 42). If you click on the score, you go to a page with the breakdown. We didn’t get any papers into the Altmetric Top 100, alas. But which MEE paper has the highest Altmetric score (at the time of writing this)?: Calculating the ecological impacts of animal-borne instruments on aquatic organisms (which has an accompanying video and press release).
Anyway, the trial is now coming to its end, so we want some feedback. Have you found the Altmetric scores useful? Have they been interesting? We would be interested in any feedback (please comment below), and Wiley also have a quick survey they probably want you to fill in.