The journal Conservation Evidence is producing a Special Issue on Amphibian Conservation and needs your help. If you have monitored the effects of an action (or intervention) designed to conserve amphibians, this is your opportunity to submit a paper briefly describing the intervention and its outcomes.
To view the results of a recent expert assessment of the effectiveness of amphibian conservation interventions in “What Works in Conservation” produced by the Conservation Evidence initiative, please visit: bit.ly/1HwWjFj (free to download).
Conservation Evidence publishes research, monitoring results and case studies on the effects of conservation interventions. The aim of the journal is to provide a format for those at the front line of conservation practice to share their experiences of the effectiveness (or otherwise) of conservation interventions. This resource can help anyone involved in conservation initiatives to base their actions on the best available evidence, learn from successful interventions, and minimise the use of unsuccessful approaches. The journal is free to publish in and open access. Case studies on all aspects of species and habitat management are welcomed, such as:
- Habitat creation and restoration
- Translocations and reintroductions
- Invasive species control
- Disease mitigation
- Integrated conservation and development programmes
- Changing attitudes and education
Studies are encouraged from anywhere in the world. Conservation Evidence has so far published over 250 papers tackling 439 conservation actions in 35 countries. However, since the journal’s launch in 2004, only 2% of studies have focused on amphibians (Spooner et al. 2015 Conservation Evidence). For this reason, Conservation Evidence has decided to publish a Special Issue on amphibians.
Papers must include a conservation intervention with appropriate monitoring to evaluate the consequences of the intervention. There must be a comparison of the intervention (treatment) and a control (e.g. an earlier situation or untreated sites). We welcome case studies on all aspects of species and habitat management such as habitat creation, habitat restoration, translocations, reintroductions, invasive species control, integrated conservation development programs, changing attitudes and education from anywhere around the world. We also welcome accounts where the outcomes were unexpected and not as desired but do not include studies solely reporting monitoring methods, species ecology or threats to biodiversity.
Simple, concise papers are welcomed. Papers should be written by, or in partnership with, those who did the conservation work. As well as publishing the results of successful interventions, the journal encourages authors to report actions that were unsuccessful as these results are also crucial to inform conservation planning. For information about style and how to submit manuscripts please read the Guidance for Authors available from the journal page of www.ConservationEvidence.com.
***The deadline for submissions to this Special Issue has been extended to the end of September.***
The website, www.ConservationEvidence.com, summarizes and brings together evidence about the effects of conservation management for both habitats and species. It is a reliable information resource designed to support decisions about how to maintain and restore global biodiversity. Evidence is freely available through a searchable database, the open access journal, and a series of synopses including Amphibian Conservation, which summarizes over 400 studies that monitored the effects of conservation actions. Papers may be submitted at any time, although contributions to the Amphibian Conservation Special Issue are strongly encouraged.
Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make to this Special Issue, and please do spread the word.
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