Special Issue for Molecular Ecology

Last changed: 10 October 2017

As an important outcome of the meeting, we have agreed to produce a Special Issue for Molecular Ecology with the provisional title “Species interactions, ecological networks and community dynamics”. Submission of tentative abstracts is now closed.

Just as the symposia, this issue is intended to be translational, actively introducing techniques used by people working in these fields to each other, fostering new approaches addressing new ecological questions. Promising themes include molecular approaches to describing predation, herbivory, parasitism, pollination, multi-level species interactions and trophic networks, and community assemblages and dynamics.


The issue will principally focus on interactions involving plants and/or animals, but could also include networks that extend to microbial communities. Significant emphasis will be given to new technologies and general horizon scanning, and to emerging applications to biological control programmes, wildlife management and conservation.


This Special Issue will be published as the January 2019 issue of Molecular Ecology. Thus, the rigour of the editorial process will adhere to the high standards of Molecular Ecology. To minimize the time lag between manuscript submission and publication, manuscripts will enter the review process as soon as the final version has been received. Once a decision has been reached, papers will go online as soon as accepted. Papers published online ahead of print receive a doi number and are fully searchable by most search engines, and appear in e.g. Google Scholar and PubMed. Thus, early submission will guarantee early publication and high visibility.

To contribute

Should you be interested in contributing to this Special Issue, we ask you to provide a provisional paper Abstract at the meeting in September 2017 and/or to email it to the organisers (tomas.roslin@slu.se, with a cc: to mattias.jonsson@slu.se) no later than the end of the symposia. Since this is a preliminary draft, there are no strict format requirements. Aim for a standard abstract of no more than some 350 words.


  1. Final Author invitations (as based on abstracts submitted): October 15th, 2017
  2. Author firm commitment to submit: November 1st, 2017
  3. First submissions due: March 1st, 2018 (When submitting your final manuscript , please make sure to mention in the Covering Letter that you are submitting it to the Special Issue.)
  4. Final version of manuscripts due: October 15th, 2018
  5. Issue compilation: November 1st, 2018
  6. Issue cover date: January 1st, 2019

NB! As emphasized above, manuscripts can be submitted as soon as ready, and accepted papers will go online as soon as a final version is received. Thus, the authors themselves can make the timeline from submission to de facto publication substantially shorter than suggested above.


The Special Issue will be edited by Bill Symondson; Simon Creer; Graham Stone; Tomas Roslin; Mattias Jonsson and Michael Traugott.


Molecular Ecology publishes papers that utilize molecular genetic techniques to address consequential questions in ecology, evolution, behaviour and conservation. Note that more technical papers suitable for acceptance by Molecular Ecology Resources will also be considered.


Tomas Roslin, Professor Insect Ecology
Department of Ecology, SLU
tomas.roslin@slu.se 018-672383

Page editor: cajsa.lithell@slu.se