In my very first zombie ideas post, I called blogging a new weapon against the zombies. But that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to using old school weapons too: I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just had an “opinion” piece accepted at Trends in Ecology and Evolution, based on a combination of that first zombie ideas post and my ongoing series on how disturbance and environmental change actually affect coexistence. It’s scheduled for the Feb. 2013 issue, but it’ll be online before then.
I’m very excited about this for several reasons. Like everyone, I have strong incentives to publish peer-reviewed papers in leading journals, and also really like doing so. The validation that comes from successfully navigating the peer review process always feels good (and as an aside, let me say that all four reviewers and the EiC were exceptionally thorough, thoughtful, and helpful). I learned a lot about coexistence theory, and about how to write to persuade, from writing all those posts and now this paper. Finally, this paper will reach a lot of people who don’t read blogs, or who don’t take them seriously.
I’m very curious what sort of response the paper will receive. The posts have gotten a very positive response, but as I noted, the paper will reach a very different audience. On the blog, I’ve drawn very little pushback from seriously committed supporters of the IDH. Possibly, that’s about to change, which would be fun.
Here’s how I feel now: