Ecological Research


    Vol. 31 (2016)
    Submitted: 469
    Accepted: 98


    Current issue (vol. 32, issue 2)
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    144 (37–293)
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    158 (50–308)
    Days for publication:
    209 (90–375)

Ecological Research has been published in English by the Ecological Society of Japan since 1986. Ecological Research publishes original research papers, reviews, technical reports, notes and comments, and data papers covering all aspects of ecology and ecological sciences.

Related subjects: Animal Sciences; Behavioral Sciences; Ecology; Evolutionary & Developmental Biology; Forestry; Plant Sciences



  • The 30th anniversary of Ecological Research: past, present, and future

    Tomonori Tsunoda, Buntarou Kusumoto, Kei-ichi Okada, Yuko Aoshima, Atsushi Kume

    The 30th anniversary of Ecological Research: past, present, and future

    Keywords: Editorial system; International research; Editorial strategies; Journal; The Ecological Society of Japan

    Abstract In 2016, Ecological Research (ER) celebrated its 30th anniversary. ER's goal is to be the leading ecological, evolutionary, and biodiversity journal in Asia. This article introduces the development of ER, improvements to its editorial system and their outcomes, and the strategies designed to achieve this goal. ER has already become a leading comprehensive and international publication as shown by statistical evidence and its strong editorial foundation. However, some members of the Ecological Society of Japan (ESJ) retain impressions of an old stereotype about ER. The discrepancy between the current status of the journal and its stereotype may explain why submissions from Japan remain static. A new article category for ER, Biodiversity in Asia, was created to encourage Asian studies. In addition, the Forum category is dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of the ESJ's various activities. To promote open science, the proportion of open access articles in the journal is increasing. The publication of Data papers has been accelerated to improve the public availability of excellent open data sets. ER symposia and seminars provide good opportunities for members to participate. ER financially supports the invitation of scientists internationally to facilitate research exchanges with other countries and consequently promotes the internationalization of the ESJ. The ESJ is open to the world's ecologists, and your participation in developing ER is welcome.


  • Buntarou Kusumoto, Takayuki Shiono, Masashi Konoshima, Atsushi Yoshimoto, Takayuki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kubota
    How well are biodiversity drivers reflected in protected areas? A representativeness assessment of the geohistorical gradients that shaped endemic flora in Japan

    Protected areas function as a lifeboat that can preserve the origins and maintenance of biodiversity. We assessed the representativeness of biodiversity in existing protected areas in Japan using a distribution dataset and phylogenetic tree for 5565 Japanese vascular plant species. We first examined the overlap of species distribution with the existing protected areas and identified the minimum set representing all plant species. Second, we evaluated the relative importance of environmental variables in explaining the spatial arrangement of protected areas using a random forest model. Finally, we clarified how potential drivers of plant diversity were sufficiently captured within the protected areas network.....more


  • Ewa Błońska, Magdalena Kacprzyk, Anna Spólnik
    Effect of deadwood of different tree species in various stages of decomposition on biochemical soil properties and carbon storage

    The primary objective of this paper was to estimate how the mass of Silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) deadwood in two decay classes affected biochemical processes and the accumulation of soil organic matter, as well as the extent of this impact. We evaluated deadwood mass, as well as the biological activity and influence of the distance from deadwood on biological activity and carbon (C) storage. The investigation was carried out in Magurski National Park, southern Poland, in four randomly selected study plots...............more

  • Violetta Hawro, Piotr Ceryngier, Anna Kowalska, Werner Ulrich
    Landscape structure and agricultural intensification are weak predictors of host range and parasitism rate of cereal aphids

    Proportions of specialist and generalist primary parasitoids have been described by the resource breadth and the trade-off hypothesis. These alternative hypotheses predict either decreased or increased, respectively, parasitism rate of shared aphid species by specialist parasitoids. We tested both hypotheses and the confounding effects of landscape structure and agricultural intensification (AI) using extensive samplings of aphids and their parasitoids in Polish agricultural landscapes..............more

  • Galini V. Papadopoulou, Nicole M. van Dam
    Mechanisms and ecological implications of plant-mediated interactions between belowground and aboveground insect herbivores

    plant-mediated-interactions Plant-mediated interactions between belowground (BG) and aboveground (AG) herbivores have received increasing interest recently. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying ecological consequences of BG-AG interactions are not fully clear yet. Herbivore-induced plant defenses are complex and comprise phytohormonal signaling, gene expression and production of defensive compounds (defined here as response levels), each with their own temporal dynamics. Jointly they shape the response that will be expressed. However, because different induction methods are used in different plant-herbivore systems, and only one or two response levels are measured in each study, our ability to construct a general framework for BG-AG interactions remains limited. Here we aim to link the mechanisms to the ecological consequences of plant-mediated interactions between BG and AG insect herbivores..............more