Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aims and Scope


Functional Diversity is a forum for the publication of research in functional biodiversity, sparking awareness of the "economics of biology" in the face diminishing biodiversity resources. Manuscripts relating to the biodiversity of all taxa, in any biome and geographic area will be considered. While based in the University of Calgary Herbarium, the journal publishes papers that contribute to new developments in how biodiversity relates to ecosystem function and ecosystem services in terms of food security, human health, and ecosystem stability, and not just plant biology. Manuscripts are welcome from the fields of environmental economics and biodiversity science.


Functional Diversity will strive to present readers with timely and authoritative overviews of current research in biodiversity science, accompanied by essays and discussion sections on public policy and the conceptual underpinnings of functional biodiversity.


A peer-reviewed quarterly journal with content written and edited for accessibility to researchers, educators, and students alike, Functional Diversity includes articles about research findings and techniques, professionally written feature articles about the latest frontiers in biodiversity science, and "Distillery" articles that heavily digest the scientific content for a wider audience.


Three types of article will be published in Functional Diversity:


* Research Papers: exciting research findings in biodiversity science;


* Reviews: syntheses of important subjects in biodiversity science;


* Biodiversity Matters: Ideas and novel anecdotes for a general audience.


We hope to produce the "Biodiversity Matters" material free online in blog-style format, complete with features on "Species of the Month" explaining not only what is unique and interesting about a species but how it functions in its habitat and why it is useful. These blogs will serve to communicate the science of the articles to the general public.


Section Policies


  • Jeanne Osnas
  • Jana Vamosi
  • Steven Vamosi
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Articles at Functional Diversity typically receive 2-3 peer reviews within 6 weeks. We do not base acceptance of articles on novelty or impact, but publish articles on the relevancy of diversity that are based on sound scientific principles.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...