Aims & Scope

Oikos is a journal issued by the Nordic Ecological Society and is one of the leading peer-reviewed journals in ecology.

Oikos publishes original and innovative research on all aspects of ecology, defined as organism-environment interactions at various spatiotemporal scales, so including macroecology and evolutionary ecology. Emphasis is on theoretical and empirical work aimed at generalization and synthesis across taxa, systems and ecological disciplines. Papers can contribute to new developments in ecology by reporting novel theory or critical empirical results, and "synthesis" can include developing new theory, tests of general hypotheses, or bringing together established or emerging areas of ecology. Confirming or extending the established literature, by for example showing results that are novel for a new taxon, or purely applied research, is given low priority.

Oikos sections:

Research papers - Research papers report original research in all fields of ecology and must aim at a wide readership. Research papers must have a maximum of 50 references.

Forum - Oikos Forum section is the home for synthesis and review. The format can be short notes or more substantial reviews to bring fields together, to link existing boundaries by synthesizing larger fields or seemingly disparate areas, and to offer new ways of interpreting existing data. Forum articles must provide conceptual unification and serve as a point of departure for future work rather than summaries. It is an arena for challenging current thinking on ecological issues by revising established concepts and insights from critical experiments or for developing new theory to promote novel research. Purely speculative pieces are discouraged. Where uncertainties, problems, or debates in current theory are identified, authors are strongly encouraged to, wherever possible, highlight productive and positive lines of research that may resolve the issue. In particular, we encourage collaboration in debates to promote more effective synthesis and balance.

Forum pieces are commissioned by either direct invitation from the Forum Editor, Dustin Marshall (in consultation with the EiC and board), or via unsolicited proposals. Proposals should be no more than half a page in length and should include statements about the novelty and need for the piece as well as suggestions with regard to which members of the editorial board would be most suited to evaluating the proposal. Proposals should be sent to oikos [at] oikosoffice [dot] lu [dot] se

Papers in the Forum section are given priority in the publication process.

Meta-analyses - Synthesis is a critical component of modern ecology and involves big data in many forms.  We welcome meta-analyses and systematic reviews provided quantitative analyses are included either of the literature or of the evidence reported within studies.  Novelty, future research, and analysis of gaps are strongly encouraged versus summary. Transparent reporting of the synthesis process is required.

Oikos does not publish book reviews.

Oikos is available as fulltext for subscribers on-line at and at Wiley Online Library. Back issues of Oikos are available at JSTOR,

Oikos is published in cooperation with the journals Ecography, Lindbergia, Wildlife Biology, Journal of Avian Biology, Nordic Journal of Botany and the monograph series Ecological Bulletins.