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Conservation Evidence Journal

Publishing evidence to improve practice

How to submit an article

Please read the Guidelines for authors before submitting your article. 

How to submit an article

The online, peer-reviewed Conservation Evidence Journal publishes results from research and projects investigating the effectiveness of conservation actions. We welcome standard papers and short communications that test and monitor the effectiveness of the action using an element of experimental design (e.g. before and after the action vs. control (BACI), single action vs. control, effectiveness of different methods, etc.) for actions such as habitat creation, habitat restoration, translocations, reintroductions, mitigation, and invasive species control. 

Examining the consequences of small-scale actions, such as changing the wording on a sign or comparing different techniques for eradicating an invasive species, is of considerable interest. However, the effects have to be quantified. There has to be some comparison, such as with the earlier situation, i.e. before the action was carried out, or with control sites without the action, or with sites with a different implementation method. We particularly welcome accounts where the outcomes were unexpected and not as desired. Broad programmes, such as a large conservation project with multiple interventions, will usually be of less interest due to the difficulty in determining which of the actions had an effect.

Guidelines for authors

The Conservation Evidence Journal does not accept papers solely reporting on monitoring methods, results from a single post-development mitigation without a comparison, studies of species' ecology or the status of biodiversity.

Please read the guidelines for authors before submitting to the Conservation Evidence Journal

Guidelines for authors

Template journal article

This is a template article, which authors can use to submit the results of their conservation actions to the Conservation Evidence Journal.

Template journal article


We do not charge for publication and all our papers are open access. This allows the research we publish to be freely and easily available, and shared within the conservation practitioner community. Copyright is retained by the author(s).

Please send your article to Dr Ann Thornton


Creative Commons License

All papers published in the Conservation Evidence Journal are open access and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Editorial board

The Conservation Evidence Journal is based at the University of Cambridge, UK, with editors from a range of other institutions. The journal was conceived and is led by Professor William J. Sutherland.

  • Professor William J. Sutherland (Editor-in-Chief) 
    Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Ian Bainbridge (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Dr Ann Thornton (Managing Editor) 
    Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Tatsuya Amano 
    Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Malcolm Ausden 
  • Professor Trevor J.C. Beebee 
    School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex
  • Dr David Bullock 
    National Trust
  • Dr Mike Daniels 
    John Muir Trust
  • Dr James Deutsch 
    Vulcan Philanthropy
  • Dr Lynn Dicks 
    Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Chris Elphick 
    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
    University of Connecticut
  • Professor Richard Griffiths 
    Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
  • Dr John J. Hopkins 
    Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter
  • Dr Roger Mitchell 
    Amphibian and Reptile Conservation & ARC Ecological Services



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