Virtual Issue: Open Access 2014

Once more Open Access week has rolled around.

At MEE we operate a hybrid model: although we are a subscription journal, authors can choose to make their papers open access (for a price - sorry). Over the past year, 21 papers have been published as open access (listed below). They span the range of topics we cover, including citizen science, using cell phones, and asking people nicely to not vandalise your equipment.

There are several models for open access, and the Gold route - making the final version freely available - may not be for everyone. But we also let authors put pre-prints on the web (details here); this is an excellent way of getting more feedback on your manuscripts before a final version (there are other green OA models, but personally I think the preprint version has more advantages).

So, enjoy these papers, and next time you have a paper accepted by MEE - or indeed any other journal with a hybrid model - consider making it open access for all to read. You might be surprised: someone might read it.

Bob, Senior Editor

View the other BES journal Open Access Virtual Issues here:


Effects of phylogenetic reconstruction method on the robustness of species delimitation using single-locus data

Cuong Q. Tang, Aelys M. Humphreys, Diego Fontaneto and Timothy G. Barraclough

Statistics for citizen science: extracting signals of change from noisy ecological data

Nick J.B. Isaac, Arco J. van Strien, Tom A. August, Marnix P. de Zeeuw and David B. Roy

mizer: an R package for multispecies, trait-based and community size spectrum ecological modelling

Finlay Scott, Julia L. Blanchard, Ken H. Andersen

Large-scale analysis of frequency modulation in birdsong data bases

Dan Stowell and Mark D. Plumbley

Extension of Nakagawa & Schielzeth's R2GLMM to random slopes models

Paul C.D. Johnson

MeCa, a toolbox for the calculation of metabolism in heterogeneous streams
Susanne Halbedel and Olaf Büttner

A climate of uncertainty: accounting for error in climate variables for species distribution models

Jakub Stoklosa, Christopher Daly, Scott D. Foster, Michael B. Ashcroft and David I. Warton

A simple measure of the strength of convergent evolution

Kevin Arbuckle, Cheryl M. Bennett and Michael P. Speed

Particle size distribution and optimal capture of aqueous macrobial eDNA
Cameron R. Turner, Matthew A. Barnes, Charles C. Y. Xu, Stuart E. Jones, Christopher L. Jerde and David M. Lodge

Mapping artificial lightscapes for ecological studies

Jonathan Bennie et al.

Improving species distribution models: the value of data on abundance

Christine Howard et al.

Measuring telomere length and telomere dynamics in evolutionary biology and ecology

Daniel H. Nussey et al.

Predicting local and non-local effects of resources on animal space use using a mechanistic step selection model

Jonathan R. Potts, Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau, Dennis L. Murray, James A. Schaefer, Mark A. Lewis

Simplifying data acquisition in plant canopies- Measurements of leaf angles with a cell phone

Adrián G. Escribano-Rocafort et al.

Personal messages reduce vandalism and theft of unattended scientific equipment
B.-Markus Clarin, Eleftherios Bitzilekis, Björn M. Siemers, Holger R. Goerlitz

Designing forest biodiversity experiments: general considerations illustrated by a new large experiment in subtropical China

Helge Bruelheide et al.

SOAPBarcode: revealing arthropod biodiversity through assembly of Illumina shotgun sequences of PCR amplicons

Shanlin Liu, Yiyuan Li, Jianliang Lu, Xu Su, Min Tang, Rui Zhang, Lili Zhou, Chengran Zhou, Qing Yang, Yinqiu Ji, Douglas W. Yu, Xin Zhou

Rapid Bayesian inference of heritability in animal models without convergence problems

Jon Ahlinder, Mikko J. Sillanpää

Using time-to-event analysis to complement hierarchical methods when assessing determinants of photographic detectability during camera trapping

Richard Bischof, Shoaib Hameed, Hussain Ali, Muhammad Kabir, Muhammad Younas, Kursheed A. Shah, Jaffar U. Din, Muhammad A. Nawaz

Spatial models for distance sampling data: recent developments and future directions

David L. Miller, M. Louise Burt, Eric A. Rexstad, Len Thomas

Oligotyping: Differentiating between closely related microbial taxa using 16S rRNA gene data

Murat Eren, Loïs Maignien, Woo Jun Sul, Leslie G. Murphy, Sharon L. Grim, Hilary G. Morrison, Mitchell L. Sogin


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