For almost 18 years, Fire Ecology and the Association for Fire Ecology have worked towards their mission of improving the knowledge of fire ecology and uses of fire in resilient landscape management.
What started as a trailblazing journal in 2005 has grown to a top-tier wildfire science journal.
We take this opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the progress and achievements the journal has made as a result from our editorial board members, reviewers and authors – and also to share what our priorities are for the future.
2022 marked a year of significant milestones for Fire Ecology, and we are very excited to build upon the journal’s successes this year. The fields of research that Fire Ecology serves continue to be highly competitive, and with growing public interest and attention on the impacts of wildland fire and climate change worldwide, we know it is important for the journal to evolve along with the ever-changing landscapes of the field of Fire Ecology.
We therefore want to highlight some things will be of particular interest to our readers and authors.
Diversity of our Editorial Board is a top priority
Very nearly half of the Editorial Board of Fire Ecology are women. We are especially proud of the gender diversity on the board, but we also appreciate that we have more to do to ensure the board is fully reflective of the research community we serve.
North America is well represented in our Editorial Board, so we especially welcome Editors who might wish to join the board from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia – and we will consider recommendations whether from colleagues or self-nominations.
Spanish-language Abstract Translations expand our readership worldwide
Since its inception, the journal Fire Ecology has offered Spanish-language translations of published abstracts to increase its audience to Central and South America and in Europe. This very successful service has been accomplished by a volunteer team of passionate Spanish-speaking fire ecologists and scientists in Argentina headed by Guillermo E. Defossé.
As the number of articles published in Fire Ecology has increased, this invaluable translation service now requires a significant amount of time. Starting August 2023, the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE), a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, will pay translators for their contributions. To support AFE's ability to continue providing Spanish-language abstract translations, please consider donating to AFE at https://fireecology.org/donate .
Collections are especially important for the development of Fire Ecology
As the journal evolves to reflect growing and expanding areas of ecology and forestry that the journal serves, collections provide a great way for showcase the work of others on related topics. We have several collections that are already publishing articles and very popular with readers and authors alike. Those include:
- Remote Sensing for Wildfire Management Potential and Impacts
Edited by Padam Jee Omar, Ganesh Ji Omar, Pankaj Kumar Gupta
- Fire Ecology Across Boundaries
Edited by Claire Belcher, Núria Prat-Guitart, Francisco Seijo, Guillermo Defossé
(Papers from the 2022 Florence AFE conference)
- Modeling Wildfire Under Climate Change
Edited by Alex W. Dye, John B. Kim, Peng Gao, Larissa Yocom, Karin L. Riley
- Wildland Fire Management Strategy and Effectiveness
Edited by Erin J. Belval, Karen C. Short, Matthew P. Thompson, Jesse Young
These collections are still accepting manuscripts in some cases and remain open to future submissions. The Editors of the journal also welcome suggestions for collections from the community. If you have a specific topic of interest you would like to see covered in Fire Ecology, please be sure to contact the Editors of the journal using this form.
A special mention goes to the Fire Ecology Chats collection:
- Fire Ecology Chats is a collection of podcasts that discuss the origins, results, and implications of papers published in the journal Fire Ecology.
From article views to impact, research published in Fire Ecology is getting noticed…
Since 2021, articles published in Fire Ecology have been accessed well over 250,000 times per year, more than double the average number of annual article accesses in prior years. We attribute this largely to the increasing interest in fire ecology as a field, and also to the increased citations and use of the journal by the research community. This is also reflected in the journals most recent Impact Factor of 5.34, which is nearly double the Impact Factor of the previous year. While the Impact Factor is not the only measure of a journal’s success, we think this shows a strong indication of the growing interest and impact of research findings published in Fire Ecology.
This is also evident in the Altmetrics of the articles publishing in the journal, more information which can be found below.
Thanks to all those who reviewed for Fire Ecology
A peer-reviewed journal would not survive without the generous time and insightful comments of the reviewers, whose efforts often go unrecognized. Although final decisions are always editorial, they are greatly facilitated by the deeper technical knowledge, scientific insights, understanding of social consequences, and passion that reviewers bring to our deliberations.
The Editors of Fire Ecology would like to thank warmly the reviewers whose comments helped to shape the journal, for their invaluable assistance with review of manuscripts.
Are you interested in support research in wildfire research? From ideas for collections to Editorial Board nominations and reviewer referrals, we very much value and welcome your input!
Please feel free to contact us should you wish to share feedback or any ideas you have for the journal.