Journal of Chemical Ecology

ISSN: 0098-0331 (Print) 1573-1561 (Online)


Call for Papers

2020 Focus Issue on Multitrophic Microbial Interactions

Guest Edited by Jared Ali, Clare Casteel, Kerry Mauck

Deadline for Submission: November 1, 2019
Anticipated Publication Date: March 2020

Plants and insects have greatly expanded their metabolic capacities through long term associations with microorganisms. In this special feature, we will examine the range of symbiotic associations shared among microbes, herbivores and plants and the diversity of metabolic capabilities accomplished through these interactions. The goal is to present approaches and systems that are changing our fundamental understanding of symbiotic associations and the ways we think about symbiosis in applied contexts. The chemical ecology of these interactions serves as both a unifying thread and a well-suited perspective to understand trends across systems.

Suggested Topics (but not limited to): 1/ Commensal relationships (e.g., soil and phyllosphere microbes influencing plants and herbivores; 2/ Parasitic relationships (e.g., plant pathogens including viruses, entomopathogenic microbes, parasitoids, nematodes); 3/ Mutualistic relationships (e.g., symbionts, endophytes, plant viruses, mutualistic fungal associates). 

Authors interested in contributing should indicate this in the cover letter when submitting papers online at

Please contact Jared Ali (, Clare Casteel (, or Kerry Mauck ( for more information.

Journal of Chemical Ecology is devoted to promoting an ecological understanding of the origin, function, and significance of natural chemicals that mediate interactions within and between organisms. Such relationships, often adaptively important, comprise the oldest of communication systems in terrestrial and aquatic environments. The strong interdisciplinary association that has developed between chemists and biologists has accelerated our understanding of these interactions in nature.

Scientific contributions, including review articles, original research papers, rapid communications, and Letters to the Editor are welcome from either members or nonmembers of the International Society of Chemical Ecology. Manuscripts must be in English. They may include substantive observations of interactions in nature, the elucidation of the chemical compounds involved, the mechanisms of their production and reception, and the translation of such basic information into survey and control protocols.

To be considered for peer review, the following criteria should be met:

  • Papers must contain an ecological rationale.
  • Papers should contain both chemical and ecological/behavioral elements. Purely chemical or ecological/behavioral papers usually are not appropriate. However, chemical papers that emphasize structure/function, or behavioral ones that demonstrate some novel phenomenon will be considered.
  • Papers whose focus is the search for new drugs, herbicides, or insecticides are not appropriate. Applied chemical ecology is an appropriate subject matter so long as the work is based on ecological problems or concerns.
  • Papers whose focus is environmental science should not be submitted to JCE unless the work involves demonstration of effects that disrupt chemical ecology.
  • Chemical and molecular research and writing must follow our guidelines as articulated in JCE 34(8): 984 (chemical); JCE 35(12):1383 (SPME); and JCE (36(12):1288 (molecular).
  • Papers must be of sufficient breadth (avoiding a regional focus) and novelty to have international appeal.
  • Papers must be written in acceptable English. Writers whose native language is not English are encouraged to seek a pre-submission review by a native English-speaking writer.
  • Preliminary work is not publishable, but short papers that either express new ideas or do not merit full paper status can be submitted in the Rapid Communication category. Papers should be 5-6 pages in length, contain one figure and/or table, and have no more than 12 references
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