Conservation Physiology



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

ScopeKey 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

Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)

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)

Publishing model: Online-only, open access

Peer-review model: Single-anonymous

Latest metrics:

  • 2021 IF = 3.252 (rank 20/65 in ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ category)
  • 2021 Normalised Eigenfactor = 0.749 (rank 13/65 in ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ category)
  • 2021 CiteScore = 4.4 (rank 43/192 in ‘Nature and Landscape Conservation’ category)
  • 2021 output = 118 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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Contact: Support for the journal is provided through the SEB’s editorial office: [email protected]