Conservation Ecology is an electronic, peer-reviewed, scientific journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research. Manuscript submission, peer review, and publication are all handled on the Internet. Special software developed by the journal automates all clerical steps during peer review, and allows authors and editors (with the proper passwords) to follow the progress of peer review on the World Wide Web. As articles are accepted, they are published in an "Issue in Progress." At six month intervals the Issue in Progress is declared a New Issue, and subscribers receive the Table of Contents of the issue via email. Content of the journal ranges from the applied to the theoretical. Topics covered include the ecological bases for:
- the conservation of ecosystems, landscapes, species, populations, and genetic diversity;
- the restoration of ecosystems and habitats; and
- the management of resources.