Instructions to authors – Instructions aux auteurs

Instructions to authors – Instructions aux auteurs

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ecologia mediterranea is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original research reports and syntheses in the fields of fundamental and applied ecology of Mediterranean areas, except for descriptive articles or articles about systematic. ecologia mediterranea may publish descriptive studies if these offer insights into issues of general interest to ecologists. The editors of ecologia mediterranea invite original contributions in the fields of: bioclimatology, biogeography, conservation biology, marine biology, population biology, community ecology, forest ecology, marine ecology, genetic ecology, landscape ecology, microbial ecology, restoration ecology, plant and animal ecology, ecophysiology, palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology. The journal also publishes reviews, short communications, book reviews, Ph.D. thesis abstracts and comments on papers recently published in the journal. ecologia mediterranea invite conference organizers to get in touch with the editors for special issues as part of conference/symposium proceedings.

Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by appropriate referees. The final decision to accept or reject the manuscript is made by the editors. To submit a paper, please send an electronic version of your paper to ecologia.mediterranea(at) (doc(x) or rtf). Please read the following guidelines to prepare your manuscript. When the article is accepted, the authors should take reviewer’s comments into consideration. They will send back to the journal Editorial Office, within 2 months. After this deadline, the manuscript will be considered as a new submission.

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

ecologia mediterranea follows the publication ethics and publication malpractice statement of the Code of Conduct And Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).

ecologia mediterranea’s statement

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). 2011. Guidelines.

> Types of manuscripts

please, mention the type of manuscript you are submitting on the first page of your submission

Research article: research report of broad scope that is an original contribution to science. The typical length of research papers is about 6000 to 8000 words.

Short communication: brief report of new observations or of important findings that deserve publication before broader studies are completed. The typical length of short communications is <3000 words.

Reviews: critical appraisal of broad areas of investigation or re-search in Mediterranean ecology. The typical length of reviews is about 6000 to 8000 words.

Commentaries: opinion on topics recently published in ecologia mediterranea or essays on topics of general interest in Mediterranean ecology. The typical length of short communications is about 1000 to 3000 words.

Book review: critical appraisal of a Book interesting to the readers of ecologia mediterranea. Editors who wish to see their book reviewed in ecologia mediterranea should get in touch with the editors of the journal.

Ph.D. thesis abstracts (not peer-reviewed): Abstract of the Ph.D. thesis recently defended in the fields covered by ecologia mediterranea. Author, Year, Title, University (e.g. Ph.D. thesis defended on April, 4th 2014 at University of California, Irwin, USA, Lab xxx),, Composition of board, Keywords, Abstract (1000 words max.).

> Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts (typewritten Times, 12, with double line spacing) must be written in English or in French. The manuscript must be complete: e.g. title in English (and French), author(s) and address(es), abstract in English (and French), key-words in English (and French), (if the manuscript is in French, a 1000 words short version can be submitted), text, acknowledgements, references, figures and tables (one / page). For the submission, figures and tables are integrated in the word document and not sent separately. For research papers, the text should normally consist of 4 sections: introduction, methods, results, discussion which are not numbered. Subtitles are not be numbered either. Between the text and the references, the acknowledgements are to be found.



(Study site)

(Experimental design)

Statistical analyses





Use lower-case letter type for names in the text and in the reference section. Do not underline any word. In English, there is one blank after any punctuation, never before. Copy editing of manuscripts is performed by the journal.

First page

The first page contains

  • the type of manuscript (research paper, short communication, etc.)
  • the title of the article in English (and French if manuscript in French)
  • the names of the authors
  • the address of each author + an email at least of the corresponding author.
  • The total number of words from the introduction to the references included

> Abstracts, key-words and short version

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. The asbtract in English is compulsory. The abstract in French is compulsory for manuscript written in French. The English short version (for manuscript in French) is not compulsory and should not exceed one page long (1000 words). Do not use more than six key-words. Key-words should not be present in the title.

> Acknowledgments

Briefly give credit to other people who have made a contribution to the study and list all relevant grants.

> References – new !

Reference citation now follows that of Ecology Letters so that you can use style managers included in reference managers (zotero, endnote, etc.). All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically on author’s names, and chronologically for each author. You should abbreviate the titles of periodicals mentioned in the list of references (except if you are not sure of it; ISI Journal Abbreviations Index). If a journal you cite is not in the list, write its full name. Check the manuscript to make sure that all references are cited and that all citations in the text are included in the references. Use following system to write the references:


Andow, D.A., Karieva, P., Levin, S.A. & Okubo, A. (1990). Spread of invading organisms. J. Ecol. 4, 177-188.


Harper, J.L. (1977). Population biology of plants. Academic Press, London.

Book chapter

May, R.M. (1989). Levels of organisation in ecology. In Ecological concepts (eds Cherret J.M.). Blackwell Scientific Public., Oxford, pp. 339-363.

Thesis, Report

Jaouadi, W. (2011). Ecologie et Dynamique de régénération de l’Acacia tortilis (Forsk.) Hayne subsp. raddiana (Savi) Brenan var. raddiana dans le parc national de Bouhedma (Tunisie). Thèse de doctorat de l’Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie.


Météo-France (2020). Données climatiques de la station de Marignane, normales. Available at: Last accessed 21.4.2020


> Citations in-text

The words « figure » and « table » announced in-text should be written in extenso and with lower-case letter type. In the text refer to the author’s name and year of publication (followed by pages only if it is a quotation). If a publication is written by more than two authors, the name of the first author should be used followed by « et al. » (this indication, however, should never be used in the list of references : first author and co-authors should be mentioned in it). Examples: « Since Dupont (1962) has shown that… », or « This is in agreement with previous results (Durand et al. 1990; Dupond & Dupont 1997) … « .

> Abbreviates, nomenclature and Latin words

Explanation of a technical abbreviate is required when the first use. International convention codes for nomenclature should be used. Latin words should be in italic (et al., a priori, etc.), particularly for plants or animals’ denomination (the first time, please precise author’s name: for example, Olea europaea L.). The taxonomic references or flora used must be specified.

For Africa, we advise the following database to name plants:

For Europe, we advise the use of Euro+Med PlantBase ou recent floras.

> Figures and tables

All illustrations should be included in the word document after the section “References”. Once the paper is accepted for publication, illustrations should be sent separately (3000 dpi). All the illustrations should be cited and should have a legend.

> Reprints

A pdf version will be supplied free of charge for each paper.