A Centre for Ecology & Hydrology director has become a lead editor on a new international journal launched by the British Ecological Society (BES).

Professor Rosie Hails, Director of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science at CEH and a vice-president of the BES, will play a leading role in People and Nature, an open-access journal dedicated to publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed work from research areas exploring relationships between humans and nature.

It is being produced by BES - the oldest ecological society in the world - in partnership with its publisher, John Wiley & Sons.

Professor Hails said: “The British Ecological Society already publishes five well-respected journals in the field of ecology. With the launch of this new journal, authors will have the opportunity to disseminate their work more widely among our multidisciplinary community and beyond.”

Its editor-in-chief is Kevin Gaston, Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Exeter, who will work closely with the lead editors, who include Professor Hails, as well as an expert board of associate editors drawn from a wide array of fields that intersect with ecology, including economics, law, geography and sociology.

People and Nature will open for submissions in June and will be available exclusively online.

Professor Rosie Hails

British Ecological Society press release announcing the new journal

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Founded in 1913, the British Ecological Society promotes the study of ecology through publishing a range of scientific literature, organising and sponsoring events, as well as education initiatives and policy work. The society has about 6,500 members from nearly 130 different countries.

The other five journals already produced by BES and John Wiley & Sons are: Journal of Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Functional Ecology and the Journal of Animal Ecology

John Wiley & Sons is a global research and learning company that dates back more than 200 years.