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MEE & JAE Joint Special Feature on Animal Social Networks

Goal: This Special Feature in Methods in Ecology and Evolution and Journal of Animal Ecology is meant to be a continuation of the Animal Social Network Symposium that took place at the XXXVIII Sunbelt 2018, with the presentation of new concepts and tools for Social Network Analysis (SNA) applied in different topics of animal research. With this joint special feature, Sebastian Sosa, Mathieu Lihoreau, David Jacoby and Cédric Sueur are willing to promote the multidisciplinary approach of SNA in animal research, bringing together researchers from different fields and working with a large variety of biological models (plants, insects, primates) to showcase the latest developments in SNA techniques and integrate them into a general analytical framework. It is intended to provide the readership with a cross-disciplinary overview of state-of-the-art of SNA tools in animal research and delineate hot topics for the decade to come.

We are soliciting original research capturing novel methodological developments or applications of social network theory to new empirical questions. These papers should be addressing outstanding questions in fields that include (but not restricted to) evolutionary ecology, behavioural ecology, disease and parasite biology, wildlife conservation, and theory.

Manuscripts should be submitted in the usual way through the Journal of Animal Ecology or Methods in Ecology and Evolution websites. Submissions should clearly state in the cover letter accompanying the submission that you wish to be considered for publication as part of this Special Feature. Pre-submission enquiries are not necessary, but any questions can be directed to : admin@journalofanimalecology.org or coordinator@methodsinecologyandevolution.org
The deadline for submission is: Monday 5 August.

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Sebastian Sosa Orozco
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1. We provide an overview of the most commonly used social network measures in animal research for static networks or time-aggregated networks. 2. For each of these measures, we provide clear explanations as to what they measure, we describe their respective variants, we underline the necessity to consider these variants according to the research question addressed, and we indicate considerations that have not been taken so far. 3. We provide a guideline indicating how to use them depending on of the data collection protocol, the social system studied and the research question addressed. Finally, we inform about the existent gaps and remaining challenges in the use of several variants and provide future research directions.
Sebastian Sosa Orozco
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Deadline for submission in MEE & JAE Joint Special Feature on Animal Social Networks has been extended to September 27th !
 
Sebastian Sosa Orozco
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After several months organizing the special issue, it's finally open in Methods in Ecology and Evolution and Journal of Animal Ecology. For more details see these blog posts:
 
Cédric Sueur
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https://methodsblog.com/2019/03/26/research-gaps-in-animal-social-network-analysis/ Here at Methods in Ecology & Evolution and the Journal of Animal Ecology we are excited by the new directions that the next decade of research into animal social networks will bring. We hope to encourage new advances in the study of animal social networks by calling for high-quality papers for a cross-journal Special Feature on animal social networks. Below, Damien Farine and the Special Feature Guest Editors have reviewed some areas of animal social network research that deserve particular attention.
Sebastian Sosa Orozco
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This Special Feature in Methods in Ecology and Evolution and Journal of Animal Ecology is meant to be a continuation of the Animal Social Network Symposium that took place at the XXXVIII Sunbelt 2018, with the presentation of new concepts and tools for Social Network Analysis (SNA) applied in different topics of animal research. With this joint special feature, Sebastian Sosa, Mathieu Lihoreau, David Jacoby and Cédric Sueur are willing to promote the multidisciplinary approach of SNA in animal research, bringing together researchers from different fields and working with a large variety of biological models (plants, insects, primates) to showcase the latest developments in SNA techniques and integrate them into a general analytical framework. It is intended to provide the readership with a cross-disciplinary overview of state-of-the-art of SNA tools in animal research and delineate hot topics for the decade to come.
We are soliciting original research capturing novel methodological developments or applications of social network theory to new empirical questions. These papers should be addressing outstanding questions in fields that include (but not restricted to) evolutionary ecology, behavioural ecology, disease and parasite biology, wildlife conservation, and theory.
Manuscripts should be submitted in the usual way through the Journal of Animal Ecology or Methods in Ecology and Evolution websites. Submissions should clearly state in the cover letter accompanying the submission that you wish to be considered for publication as part of this Special Feature. Pre-submission enquiries are not necessary, but any questions can be directed to : admin@journalofanimalecology.org or coordinator@methodsinecologyandevolution.org
The deadline for submission is: Monday 5 August.