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Ecology Highlight: PLOS ONE at ESA 2013


climate change vulnerable species


PLOS ONE is eagerly anticipating a trip to the 98th annual meeting of Ecological Society of America, August 4 – 10 in Minneapolis, to meet with our Academic Editors, authors, reviewers, and readers and to learn about the latest in ecology research. Attending the meeting will be Terry Monahan (Senior Editorial Manager), Lindsay Morton (Publications Manager), Elizabeth Silva (Associate Editor), and myself (Meg Byrne, Associate Editor).

In conjunction with the Ecology Society of America meeting, PLOS will be launching “The Ecological Impact of Climate Change Collection” on Monday, August 5, 2013. This collection, curated by PLOS ONE Academic Editor Ben Bond-Lamberty, highlights 16 articles recently published in PLOS ONE and PLOS Biology. These articles underscore the far-reaching impacts of climate change and the important contributions scientists are making to increase our understanding of how diverse species are affected by and are responding to climate change. Come back to the EveryONE blog on Monday for a full introduction to the collection by Dr. Bond-Lamberty.

“The Ecological Impact of Climate Change Collection” is part of a larger research and blog series at PLOS helping to refocus the conversation on climate change. The series is scheduled to run over a two-week period, between July 29 and August 9, and features pieces by 10 regular and guest bloggers, including award-winning science journalist Linda Marsa. Topics include changing habitats and species, climate modeling, the impact of climate change on disease, the difficulties facing science writers covering climate change, and the politics of climate change science.

Come find us at the meeting: We would love to hear about your research and your thoughts about the future of science publishing. We’ll be at booth #501 from Monday, August 5, 2013 through Thursday, August 8, 2013.

PLOS ONE Academic Editors: We hope you can join us for our Editorial Board Reception on Wednesday, August 8, from 6 to 9 PM.  We look forward to chatting with you in person, filling you in on our future plans, getting your feedback, and saying a huge “Thank you!” Please contact Lindsay Morton for further information.

Authors: Come get a special author t-shirt! Also, let us show you how to track your article-level metrics, including the number of HTML views, PDF downloads, citations, comments, bookmarks, and even tweets and Facebook likes. We can also demonstrate one of our latest features, Relative Metrics (Beta), which allows you to compare your paper’s usage to the average usage of articles in related subject areas.

Consider submitting your manuscript to PLOS! We will be available to answer your questions about submitting to PLOS ONE and PLOS Biology. Come learn about the many advantages of publishing in our open access journals, including free readership rights, reuse and remixing rights, unrestricted copyright, automatic posting of the article, and machine accessibility of the published article.

Call for New Academic Editors: Because of a growing number of submissions in ecology, PLOS ONE is looking to grow our board in this area. If you run your own research lab, supervise students and postdocs, hold research grants, and have a strong publication record, we hope you will consider applying to join our Editorial Board. Please stop by the booth for more information or contact Lindsay Morton.

We look forward to visiting the Twin Cities, briefly escaping the summer fog in San Francisco, and talking with the many scientists who have made important contributions to the field of ecology.

Image: Map showing areas with increased proportions of birds that are vulnerable to climate change. In red are regions with the highest proportion of birds that are sensitive to and have a low adaptive capacity to climate change and, at the same time, have the highest exposure.

Image credit: Foden WB, Butchart SHM, Stuart SN, Vié J-C, Akçakaya HR, et al. (2013) Identifying the World’s Most Climate Change Vulnerable Species: A Systematic Trait-Based Assessment of all Birds, Amphibians and Corals. PLoS ONE 8(6): e65427. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065427

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