Last night, Methods in Ecology and Evolution (MEE) was highly commended and announced as the runner up in the ALPSP best new journal award! The results were announced at the ALPSP annual conference dinner. Awards were presented for both best new journal, and publishing innovation. 4 journals were shortlisted in our category, and we were pipped at the post by Postmedieval, a journal of medieval cultural studies.

The best new journal category was open to any peer-reviewed journal that was launched over the past 1-3 years. To decide on a winner, the panel of 6 judges considered many factors, including the journal’s launch, its commercial success, and its marketing and editorial strategies. Here’s a few points that were considered:

MEE was launched in April 2010, as the 5th journal of the British Ecological Society, and has since exceeded all expectations. It has been very well received by the ecological and evolutionary communities, it has a healthy stream of submissions year on year, and it has established itself as a leading publication for methodical advancements in its field. It was also awarded its first ISI impact factor of 5.093. In addition, MEE has been committed to developing its online presence, with many engaged followers on twitter, facebook and google+. We also encourage the production of online features such as videos and podcasts to accompany our articles, in an attempt to increase our visibility and reach a wider audience.

So all in all, we think that reaching the shortlist and being highly commended is an excellent result – well done and thank you to all involved! – that’s Rob, Bob, our associate editors, Graziella and the MEE editorial team, the Wiley-Blackwell publishing team and all authors and reviewers.