Virtual Issue: Open Access

To coincide with the 7th Annual International Open Access Week we are delighted to bring together all open access papers published in the Journal of Ecology in 2014. All five British Ecological Society Journals have produced a Virtual Issue for Open Access Week 2014. Please click on the issue covers below to read the Virtual Issues. All of these papers have been published through the Online Open programme. Members of the British Ecological Society are offered a 25% discount towards the cost of the Online Open scheme.


Determinants of plant community diversity and structure

Interactive effects of landscape history and current management on dispersal trait diversity in grassland plant communities
Oliver Purschke et al.

Testing predictions of the Janzen–Connell hypothesis: a meta-analysis of experimental evidence for distance- and density-dependent seed and seedling survival
Liza S. Comita et al.

Tree diversity and the role of non-host neighbour tree species in reducing fungal pathogen infestation
Lydia Hantsch et al.


Conditions favouring hard seededness as a dispersal and predator escape strategy
Torbjørn R. Paulsen et al.

Ecological genetics and ecogenomics

Relationships between adaptive and neutral genetic diversity and ecological structure and functioning: a meta-analysis
Raj Whitlock

Invasion ecology

Soil microbial community structure of range-expanding plant species differs from co-occurring natives
Elly Morrien & Wim H. van der Putten

Evidence for shifts to faster growth strategies in the new ranges of invasive alien plants
Michelle R.Leishman, Julia Cooke, David M. Richardson

Palaeoecology and Land-Use History

Looking forward through the past: identification of 50 priority research questions in palaeoecology
Alistair W.R. Seddon et al.

Plant development and life-history traits

Plants do not count… or do they? New perspectives on the universality of senescence
Roberto Salguero-Gómez, Richard P. Shefferson & Michael J. Hutchings

Age, stage and senescence in plants
Hal Caswell & Roberto Salguero-Gómez

Plant-herbivore interactions

Effects of mammalian herbivore declines on plant communities: observations and experiments in an African savanna
Hilary S. Young et al.

Plant–soil (below-ground) interactions

Microbial community composition explains soil respiration responses to changing carbon inputs along an Andes-to-Amazon elevation gradient
Jeanette Whitaker et al.


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