Conservation Physiology

Conservation Physiology is an online-only, open access journal published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the SEB




Conservation Physiology is an online-only, open access journal published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the SEB. Biodiversity across the globe faces a growing number of threats associated with human activities. Conservation Physiology publishes research on all taxa (microbes, plants and animals) focused on understanding and predicting how organisms, populations, ecosystems and natural resources respond to environmental change and stressors. The journal particularly welcomes research with potential applications in biodiversity restoration, resource management and conservation policy.

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Editor-in-Chief: Steven Cooke, Carleton University, Canada


Key topics covered by the journal include:

  • Understanding the influence of anthropogenic disturbance, and of variation in habitat quality, on organism condition, health and survival
  • Providing a mechanistic/functional understanding of the effect of anthropogenic environmental change on organisms; the use of physiological knowledge to develop mechanistic models for species distributions
  • Evaluating stress responsiveness and environmental tolerances relative to environmental change (including global warming and ocean acidification)
  • Understanding the adaptation of physiological processes to environmental variation (e.g. studies on thermal adaptation among populations)
  • Understanding the optimal environmental conditions for ex-situ preservation of endangered species (captive breeding, seed bank protocols for storage and regeneration, tissue culture for plant species or genotypes that are difficult to regenerate from seeds)
  • Understanding the ecology and evolution of physiological diversity and its relevance to conservation
  • Exploiting knowledge on organismal physiology to control invasive species and restore threatened habitats and populations
  • Developing mechanistic relationships between population declines and physiological processes
  • Developing of predictive models in conservation practices that include physiological parameters
  • Applying physiological biomarkers as part of long-term environmental monitoring programs
  • Integrating physiological knowledge into ecosystem management and into tools to solve complex conservation problems
  • Understanding the policy implications and application of knowledge arising from conservation physiology research
  • Understanding the physiological mechanisms involved in changes in community structure, as well as individual species, in response to environmental change
  • Applications of contemporary genomic and post-genomic technologies to conservation physiology
  • Integration of physiology with conservation behaviour, conservation medicine, and conservation genetics
  • Papers reporting references ranges will only be considered if they also present their application

Key Details 

Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publishing model: Online-only, open access

Peer-review model: Single-anonymous

Benefits of publishing

  • Excellent support and customer service provided by the Con Phys editorial office
  • Supportive of Early Career Researchers (presentation opportunities at SEB seminars, access to SEB training sessions, reviewing opportunities)
  • Expert, field-defining Editorial Board
  • Joint owned by the SEB and OUP, all SEB profits are reinvested into the community
  • Committed to open and inclusive science
  • Many authors will have their open access charges covered under a Read & Publish deal with our publisher.
  • Committed to high standards of ethics in publishing (a member of COPE)

2022 metrics

  • Journal Impact factor:  2.7 (rank 21/64 in ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ category)

  • Journal Citation Indicator:  0.7 (rank 26/73 in ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ category)

  • CiteScore:  5.5 (rank 34/196 in ‘Nature & Landscape Conservation’ category)

  • Output:  79 papers

  • Visits with Content Engagement:  187,000

  • Acceptance rate:  85%

  • Turnaround time:  65.7 days (mean, submission to first decision, all papers)

  • Indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, PubMed

Types of articles

Research articles, Reviews, Toolbox (methods), Conservation Physiology in Action, Voices in Conservation Physiology, Perspectives, Comments, Editorials

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Support for the journal is provided through the SEB’s editorial office: [email protected]