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Submitting your manuscript

Frontiers of Biogeography now welcomes manuscripts via three submission routes:  

[1] the traditional review pathway, 

[2] submissions of articles with previous reviews (and author responses) from other journals, 

[3] submissions directed to individual members of the newly established “College of Biogeographers” for handling. 

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Traditional review pathway

This is the primary pathway for new submissions of articles that have not previously been reviewed elsewhere.  Submissions are assigned to an associate editor who will obtain at least two peer reviews and then make a recommendation to the chief editors to inform revision/acceptance decisions.

Submission of previously reviewed articles

Fast-track submission processing is available for contributions submitted with prior peer reviews from other journals or web outlets, including papers published on pre-print servers, accompanied by previous qualified reviews through ScholarOne or alternative reviewing schemes (such as PCI, Peerage of Science, etc.).  Authors should submit their manuscript together with prior reviews and a point-by-point response letter addressing how the author's submitted manuscript has addressed concerns in previous reviews. The manuscript and author's responses will be evaluated by the Frontiers of Biogeography Editors. If deemed necessary, manuscripts may eventually be sent for external peer review.

College of Biogeographers pathway

To submit a manuscript via the College of Biogeographers pathway, contact a College member listed below for sponsorship.  Once a sponsor has been obtained, submit the manuscript via the standard online uploading system, but indicate in your cover letter that the manuscript has been submitted with the sponsorship of the specific College member.  Once all files are checked for completeness, the manuscript will be directed to the College member who will directly oversee the review and decision process.  Once a manuscript has been recommended for acceptance by a College member, the Frontiers of Biogeography Editors will check to ensure consistency of process before formal acceptance.  Then the manuscript will be transferred to formatting.

College of Biogeographers

Lois Alexander

Department of Biological Sciences, College of Southern Nevada, USA

Paul Barber

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Gerardo Ceballos

Department of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México


Robert K. Colwell

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, USA


David J. Currie

Biology Department, University of Ottawa, Canada

José Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho 

Department of Ecology, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil 


Dan Gavin

University of Oregon, USA


Rosemary Gillespie 

Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley, USA


Catherine Graham 

Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland


Lawrence R. Heaney

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA

Walter Jetz 

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, USA


Mark V. Lomolino

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA

David Nogués-Bravo 

Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark


Pedro Peres-Neto 

Department of Biology, Concordia University, Canada


Carsten Rahbek

Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark


David M. Richardson

Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Brett Riddle  

School of Life Sciences, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Cynthia Riginos

School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

George Roderick

Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California, Berkeley, USA


Kaustuv Roy

Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego, USA

Dov Sax

Institute for Environment and Society, Brown University, USA    


Felisa Smith

Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, USA

George Stevens

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Jens-Christian Svenning         

Department of Biosicence, Aarhus University, Denmark

Kostas Triantis

Faculty of Biology, Department of Ecology and Taxonomy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece    


Ella Vázquez Domínguez

Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México


Robert J. Whittaker

School of Geography & the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

John W. (Jack) Williams        

Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin, USA


Kathy Willis    

Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK