Finally, the issue contains two free Application articles. In the first Conrad Stack, Luke Harmon and Brian O’Meara detail RBrownie, an R package for testing hypotheses about rates of evolutionary change. In the second, Stefan Prost and Christian Anderson present TempNet, a method to display statistical parsimony networks for heterochronous DNA sequence data.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution’s applications are intended to provide a citable description of new methods and techniques in ecology and evolution, with the intention of promoting and maximising the uptake of these new approaches. The papers we’ve already published span a huge range of methodologies, providing new tools for testing the tempo of evolution in phylogenetic trees, assessing the effectiveness of forest carbon conservation, and performing a broad array of spatial statistical analyses – to name but a few.
RNCEP is a package of open-source R functions that make it easy to access and use two free, long-term, high-quality atmospheric data sets with global coverage, and comes highly recommended for anyone interested in climate data and questions related to global change!
Methods in Ecology and Evolution stopped being available to everyone at the start of this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still access it for free!
For starters, you can encourage your institutional librarian to sign up for free access to volumes 1 and 2, in perpetuity, by directing them to this opt-in form. You can also get free access to Methods as a member of the British Ecological Society – please contact the journal coordinator for further details, or check earlier issues of the Bulletin.
In the meantime, our application papers remain free to access, and much of the software they describe is also free to download. Methods should also be available via the GORA, OARE and INASP philanthropic initiatives.
Finally, if you’re keen to ensure that your work is openly available to all, please remember that Methods is a part of the Wiley Online Open programme.
We launched Methods in Ecology in Evolution because we thought that there was a huge demand for methods papers: those doing science need to be kept up to date on new approaches, and those developing new methods need a place to publish, as well as be supported in getting their methods used. Our first volume has exceeded all expectations and we are really pleased to announce that the first issue of volume 2 is online on time and is full of a diverse range top quality papers.
The range of papers in this new issue is extra-ordinary – the scope includes everything from statistics, to energetic modelling and stable isotope methods. The applications of the methods are as varied as measuring food web dynamics, uncovering the drivers of farmland bird declines and the use of phylogenetic methods for reconstructing the history of the molluscs.
One of our big aims is to promote the uptake of methods. On our video and podcast page, we have support for the papers in this issue, including :
In fact almost all of the papers in this issue are supported by either a podcast, a videocast or online supplements. These latter include the user manual explaining how to used the WaderMorph modelling software, amongst others.
This issue contains an important “application” paper: Thomas Etherington gives an outline of the tools he has developed for visualising genetic relatedness in landscape genetics. Look out for more of these, describing the latest software tools, on our Early View page.
This is the new blog for the new Methods in Ecology and Evolution journal from the British Ecological Society and published by Wiley-Blackwell. This blog will highlight content in the journal, new research in ecological and evolutionary methods, as well as provide a sounding board for developments in the journal and publishing. Updates will be provided by members of the editorial team.
One of the first places we will be promoting the new journal is at the INTECOL meeting in Brisbane. Look out for us on the Wiley-Blackwell stand, we will be running updates from the meeting including summaries of sessions at which the journal editor is participating and highlights of talks with interesting methodological content.