Interesting May edition of Animal Ecology

The May edition from the Journal of Animal Ecology is pretty much essential reading for anyone interested in disease ecology (particularly those using network approaches). Springer et al’s paper about dynamic networks and Cryptosporidium spread is particularly interesting  – I really like the fact that they incorporated different transmission modes into their dynamic network model  –  this reflects the reality in lots of host-parasite systems. I also like that they used both empirically derived networks and simulated models. The comparison between static and dynamic models wasn’t particularly exciting  – it seemed obvious that dynamic models were always going to lead to bigger outbreaks. Nonetheless really interesting work.

The study by Patterson et al on tuberculosis  and meerkats was also really cool – combining both social and environmental predictors to understand tb risk in the Kalahari was interesting and is something I’m trying to with the Serengeti lions. They should have used machine learning though!

Furthermore the community ecology section is full of interesting papers as well – hopefully I’ll get around to reading them soon.

An interesting read about what reviewers want

Animal ecology recently put out an interesting post about what reviewers want (see the link below). Particularly interesting that so may respondents to the survey though a major shake up was needed (74%) – I couldn’t agree further. Also I found training to be a peer reviewer was an interesting idea and should be mandatory. No surprises that people reviewing high ranking journals are more likely to accept manuscripts and spend more time on them. I also find it strange that scientists find the idea of being paid to review articles weird – why should the companies simply get to profit off the authors and the readers without giving any of it back to the community? I guess that unfortunately the consequences of doing so are likely to lead to increased publication costs which would be annoying.