Community Ecology


COMMUNITY ECOLOGY was launched in 2000 following the merger of two well-established ecological periodicals, Coenoses and Abstracta Botanica in an effort to create a common global forum for community ecologists. See the contents of its first eight volumes (2000 - 2007). The scope of the journal includes, but is not restricted to, the following subject areas:

Experimentally-based field studies of plant, animal and/or microbial communities, in terrestrial, marine or freshwater systems, are welcome. Purely descriptive studies will not normally be accepted for publication.

From 2006, Community Ecology is covered by Science Citation Index Expanded.
Official Impact Factor:
2006 0.55
Based on the Science Citation Index database, its unofficial impact factors for the previous years are
2005 0.45
2004 0.5
2003 0.32
2002 0.34
2001 0.08

Honorary Editor-in-Chief:
L. Orlóci (University of Western Ontario, London)

Chief Editors:
N. C. Kenkel (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)
J. Podani (L. Eötvös University, Budapest)

Associate Editor:
P. Ódor(L. Eötvös University, Budapest)

Editorial board
M. Anand (USA), S. Bartha (HUN), S. L. Collins (USA),
T. Czárán (Reviews, HUN), M. B. Dale (AUS), E. Feoli (ITA), P. Csontos (Book reviews, HUN),
F. Jordán (HUN),
T. Kalapos (HUN),
J. Leps (CZE), C. Moskát (HUN),
B. Oborny (HUN),
M. W. Palmer (USA), G. P. Patil (USA),
V. de Patta Pillar (BRA), S. T. A. Pickett (USA),
B. Tóthmérész (HUN), Z. Tuba (HUN),
A. Szentesi (HUN), O. Wildi (SWI), J. B. Wilson (NZL).

Submission of Manuscripts

To ensure rapid publication, manuscripts should be submitted inelectronic format (preferably PDF or WinWord, with figures embedded) as anattached document, e-mailed to:

A brief cover letter should be included within the main body of the e-mail.
For those without ready access to e-mail, manuscripts should be mailed in triplicate to:

Dr. J. Podani,
Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology,
H-1117 Pázmány P. s. 1/c
Budapest, Hungary

In preparing the first version, standard requirements imposed by other ecological journals apply (you may download a WinWord 6.0 sample paper or the WinWord 6.0 samplepaper in a zip file or the sample paper as a PDF filewith authors' instructions, or see the bottom of this web page). Each submitted manuscript will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent referees. Final versions of manuscripts should be submitted as a single hardcopy and corresponding electronic version to J. Podani.

Authors receive a 6 month electronic subscription to the journal and will have the chance to download the pdf-s.

The journal is the official organ of the Hungarian (Magyar) Ecological Society.

Subscription information

Annual subscription rates:

Hard copies: 120 USD (Two 120 p. issues per volume. Size: 21x27 cm). Price includes postage and handling.Add 20 USD extra for airmail delivery overseas.
Online version: 132 USD.
Hard copies and online version combined: 144 USD.

For subscriptions, write to

Akadémiai Kiadó, Pf. 245, H-1519 Budapest, Hungary
Fax: +36 1 464 8221

Sample paper

This is a sample text illustrating style in Community Ecology

John Firstauthor1, William Secondauthor1,2 and Paola Thirdauthor3

1 Department of Specific Research, University of General Education, Street address, HJ-1092, Country. Fax: (with international code, optional), E-mail:
2 Present address: of the second author. All institute names translated to English!
3 Corresponding author. E-mail and other addressesm tel. numbers.

Keywords: Author, Instructions, Manuscript, Paper, WINWORD. (No more than ten)

Abstract: This sample paper illustrates how to prepare the first and especially the final submissions to Community Ecology. Please follow these guidelines precisely in order to ensure correct typesetting and fast processing of your manuscript. Provide the keywords in alphabetic order, and words not appearing in the title may be listed only. Abbreviations and Nomenclature are required when taxon names and abbreviations appear in the text. The manuscripts should be in English, both British and American English are accepted. The text should be structured clearly in order to facilitate communication. SeeGopen and Swan (1990) for a set of guiding principles of scientific writing.

The abstract may be continued in a different paragraph, but please avoid the use of more than three paragraphs. It should not exceed 250 words altogether.

Abbreviations: CA-Correspondence Analysis, PCA-Principal Components Analysis.

Nomenclature: Cronquist (1984) for higher plants and Patten (1988) for birds.


In the main body of the text you can use first, second and third level headers, as exemplified above (Introduction) and below. No indentation or hanging indents should appear, unless you want such an effect to be manifested in the printed text. You may use to emphasize a list. Spacing should be 1.5 or double.

Second-level header

Some text may be inserted here.

Third-level header. The text starts from here, in the same line as the header. Please do not use more than three header levels.

References to authors should follow the following style. Single authors are easy to refer to (Gray 1984, p. 145, Young 1988) or Brown (1999). Two authors are named as usual (Black and White 1974), whereas for many authors the usual structure should appear even for the first appearance (William et al. 1959), no italics for et al., e.g., or i.e. For multiple papers in the same year, use this (White 1977ab). A list of authors should look like (Red 1967, White 1977, Brown et al. 1998, pp. 123-156). References to unpublished materialshould be avoided whenever possible, use them when they are absolutely necessary - (Green, personal communication) or Black (in press). The latter one should appear in the list of references as well. When software was used in your study, always provide correct references(Smith 1999, Anonymous 1999). Please do your best to check if all references in the text appear in the list, if the list does not contain unreferenced items, and if all years are correct.

Avoid footnotes, especially with large amount of text. Footnotes with equations cannot be used.


Use italics for taxon names (Platanus occidentalis) and for text to be emphasized. Use single quotation marks ('odd use') for a specific use of an otherwise well-known term, and apply double quotation marks ("for citation") for citing text from other sources. Refer to all figures (Fig. 1) and tables (Table 4) in the text. In the manuscript, the first appearance of such a reference should appear in boldface (Table 1, Fig. 4). This facilitates easy positioning of this material. Table and figure captions should be self-explanatory, without repeating parts of the main text. Colour figures are published on a page charge. The cost of a two-page layout with colour figures is 50.000 HUF (ca. 200EUR) regardless the actual number of figures on those pages. The figures should be drawn to allow reduction to single column (7.5 cm) or double-column (15.5 cm) width. Use of very thin lines should therefore be avoided. Black and white photographs, if also available in electronic format, are accepted. Tables must be inserted at the end of the text in final format. Please use simple horizontal lines to delineate rows only, preferably on the top and at the bottom.

Latin mathematical and statistical symbols should appear in italics, n, vectors and matrices in boldface, a, B. You can number the equations as follows
H = t log a (1)

What is to be sent to the editor?

First submission

An electronic version of the manuscript (preferably PDF or WINWORD; consult the editor for other possible formats for which conversion is possible), sent as an attachment or on a diskette. (All figures embedded in text.)

Final submission

1. Figures, each in a separate file (BMP, TIF, PCX, postscript and WMF formats preferred, consult the editor for other options) as email attachments. Colour figures must be provided as a postscript file.
2. Tables should be prepared in camera-ready format following the style of recent Community Ecology issues. Electronic version of the manuscript is required as an email attachment. WinWord format is preferred, for other formats consult the editors.

Acknowledgements: This paragraph should appear right before the References. The text should be as short as possible.


Anonymous. 1999. WRITE-PACK: A Software for Automated Writing of Scientific Papers. Non-existing Ltd, Bristol, England.
Black, A. (in press) Use full name of less widely known journals. Applied Mycology and Sociology.
Black, J. and T.G. White. 1974. Abbreviate known journals. J. Ecol. 55:12-44.
Brown, H.G. 1999. Use italics for taxa in the ref list as well (Corvus corax). Taxon 78:23-33.
Brown, H.G., A.Q. White and S. Red. 1998. Title of the paper. Ecology 66:55-66.
Cronquist, A. 1984. A Classification of Flowering Plants. Columbia Univ. Press, New York.
Gopen, G.D. and J.A. Swan. 1990. The science of scientific writing. American Scientist 78:550-558.
Gray, L. 1984. Mathematical Ecology. Lecture Notes in Biology, vol. 15. Sunshine University Press, Clarksville.
Patten, K. 1988. Birds. Simple Press, San Francisco, Ca.
Red, H. 1967. Title of the paper. Journal 5:34-37.
Smith, H.I. 1999. An introduction to HAND-SYS. In: W.H.E. Taylor and G.T. Mueller (eds), Hand-written Software. Proceedings of the 56th International Symposium on Personal Computers. Scientia, Budapest. pp. 135-139.
White, T.G. 1977a. Article from a book. In: U.K. Firsteditor and K.L. Secondeditor (eds), Applied Numerical Analysis. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, pp. 123-156.
White, T.G. 1977b. Second paper from same year. Ecology 66:44-55.
William, W.E., K.J. Tom and J.O. Smith. 1977. Manual of Scientific Terms. Blackwell, Oxford.
Young, H. K. 1988. My First Visit to the Realm of Science. PhD Thesis, Univ.Wonderland, Wonder City, Nowhereland.
This page last updated on June 21, 2007