Contributions for publication in the Bulletin must be submitted by the deadlines shown below to be published in a particular issue:

Issue Deadline
Jan. (No. 1) 10 Nov.
Apr. (No. 2) 15 Feb.
July (No. 3) 10 May

Oct. (No. 4)

10 Aug.

Manuscript Submission

As of January 4, 2016, all new manuscripts must be submitted through ScholarOne via the link below

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Manuscript Types

Letter to the Editor and Commentaries -- Letters, longer commentaries, and philosophical and methodological items related to the science of ecology.

Announcements and Society Actions -- Includes all ESA-related announcements, candidates for offices, nominations for ESA awards and for fellows and early career fellows, student awards and judges for student awards, (non-ESA) conference announcements of interest to members, and links to Annual Meeting abstracts and Reports to Council (October issue only).

Resolutions of Respect -- Obituaries of ESA members.

Paper Trail -- The idea is a brief essay on paper(s) that have had particular influence on the ideas and approaches to ecology from ecology and related disciplines. The essay will both identify a paper or papers that were particularly important in catalyzing future developments at least to the writer of the essay. The essay is a personal viewpoint.

Contributions -- All unsolicited contributions that do not fall into any of the categories listed.

Photo Gallery -- Supplementary photographs and captions associated with articles accepted for the ESA journals. (The articles may be published or awaiting publication.)

ECO 101 -- Scholarly articles on ecology education.

Emerging Technologies -- New technological tools, research techniques, computer programs, and other new methodologies.

Public Affairs Perspective -- Discussions of the links between ecology and public policy.

Ecological Education K-12 -- Articles on ecology in education relevant to the K–12 age group.

Networks, Centers, Observatories, and Field Stations -- Can range from descriptions of facilities to news and ongoing development to annual reports.

Meeting Announcements -- Brief prose description of the upcoming meeting.

Meeting Reviews -- Reviews of presentations/seminars/workshops from the ESA Annual Meeting and other ESA-associated meetings

Editorials – opinion pieces on current topics

Book Reviews – reviews of recent literature published in book form

Erratum – essential corrections

Manuscript Submission Requirements

Cover letter.  The cover letter should explain how the manuscript fits the scope of the journal.

Original submission. Provide information describing the extent to which data or text in the manuscript have been used in other works that are published, in press, submitted, or soon to be submitted elsewhere.

ESA Code of Ethics. Authors must adhere to the ESA Code of Ethics.

Data Policy. The editors and publisher expect authors to make the data underlying published articles available.

English Language Editing. Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to enlist the aid of a native English-speaking colleague to go over the manuscript for correct usage and clarity prior to submission.  You may also search the ESA Author Help Directory to find a volunteer.  No guarantees are associated with the use of this volunteer database.

Manuscript Format

Consult recent issues for examples of journal style. But be sure to abide by the following minimum formatting requirements for submitted manuscripts:

  • The manuscript text and literature cited must be double-spaced at three lines per inch (12 lines/10 cm) with a 12-point font, Times New Roman. Choose the "double-spacing" option for line spacing. Leave a 1 inch (2.54-cm) margin on all sides of each page. Page size should be Letter 8 ½" by 11". Do not justify the right margin.
  • If appropriate, assemble the parts of the manuscript in this order: title page, abstract, key words, text, acknowledgments, literature cited, tables (one table per page), figure legends (on separate page preceding the first figure), figures (one figure per page; label each figure, i.e., Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.), and lastly any Appendices. Supplements will still need to be in a separate file.
  • Number all pages (including tables, and figures), starting with the title page.
  • All pages of text should have line numbers as well.

For submissions to the Photo Gallery section please include the following with your submission: (1) identification of the article that was published in one of ESA’s journals (title, the names of all authors, journal, and if known, publication date and doi), (2) a brief caption for each photo, (3) a paragraph (up to 100 words) describing your study, and (4) the photographer’s name for each photograph.

Allowable File Formats

Manuscript files in Word (.doc or .docx), WordPerfect (.wpd), Rich-text format (.rtf), LaTeX (.TEX), or, in limited cases, PDF format. (See ESA-LaTeX for some tips on getting your TEX document to conform to ESA style.)

Tables in doc, xls or csv format (or tables may be included in the manuscript file)

Figures/Images in doc, jpeg, tif, eps, ps, pdf or ppt format (or figures may be included in the manuscript file)

Appendices in doc, pdf, or html format. Video appendices in mpeg format. Supplements can include, but are not limited to, original and derived data sets, source code for simulation models, and details of and software for unusual statistical analyses. Zipped files can be submitted for appendices and supplements if necessary.


Tables and figures may be in a separate file or in one file together with the manuscript text. If figures are in a separate file, please provide a separate file with all the figure legends (or include it in the manuscript file). Please be aware that a lower resolution figure may look fine on a computer screen, but that does not mean it will look good if a reviewer or editor prints it out.

List of Authors -- For each author, give the relevant address.

Figures and photos should be submitted in the following formats:



• EPS (vector graphics)

• PDF (with fonts embedded)



• AI

Files should adhere to the following resolution requirements:

• 600 dpi for black and white or color line art (bar graphs, charts, etc.)

• 300 dpi for photographs

• 600 dpi for combination images (photographs that also contain line art, text, or thin lines)

Digital Appendices and Supplements

Digital appendices and supplements (including data files) to be posted in conjunction with the online version of the article should be submitted with the manuscript. This information will be linked to the manuscript in the online journal, but is not copyedited, typeset, or printed in the hardcopy.  All supplementary material should be prepared for publication in Wiley Online Library and labeled with the prefix "S"; for example Appendix S1 (for the first appendix), Figure S2 (for the second figure) , Table S3 (for the third table). Supplemental information is optional.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint a previously published table, figure, or extract of more than 250 words and for submitting written permissions with their manuscript. Acknowledgement alone is not sufficient; if in doubt, obtain permission. Permissions should be submitted quickly after your paper is accepted to avoid any delays in publication. Authors should exercise customary professional courtesy in acknowledging intellectual properties such as patents and trademarks.


Authors of papers appearing in the Bulletin retain copyright and do not transfer copyright to ESA. Papers are published under the terms of the open access CC-BY License, details found here:

Page Proofs and Publication

Authors are able to track their manuscript through the production process by registering for Author Services ( for additional information. Approximately two weeks after the manuscript is received by the publisher, the corresponding author will be notified via email that the page proofs have been posted to an online proofing system. Authors are responsible for proofreading. Limit changes to correcting printer’s errors when possible. Return the corrected proof to Wiley within 48 hours.

Production questions:

Joyce Griffin, Senior Production Editor