**COVID-19: Notification of delays to publication**
Dear authors, and the scientific community at large,
For the duration of a Level-4 shutdown in New Zealand, we are unable to complete the publishing process for accepted articles; however, under Level-3 (and below) we can complete the publishing process. Although publishing continues as normal, the restrictions around Level-3 mean that completing the publishing process may take longer than normal. All articles that were published as online early versions during Level-4 will now complete the proof production process, as will all newly accepted articles. We will continue to publish as normal unless New Zealand returns to Level-4 where we will return to online early versions for any subsequently accepted articles.
During any publication hiatus, online early versions of articles will be made available. Online early versions are manuscripts of articles that have undergone full peer review but will not have completed the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. This will mean that there may be differences between this version and the Version of Record for articles in any issue subsequent to 44(1) of January 2020.
We thank everyone for their patience, and we will continue publishing inspiring scientific works on studies on New Zealand ecology.
George Perry (Chief Editor) and James Brock (Technical Editor)
2018 Journal Impact Factor 1.447 (Journal Citation Reports, Web of Science Group)
The New Zealand Journal of Ecology is a peer-reviewed journal publishing ecological research relevant to New Zealand/Aotearoa and the South Pacific. It has been published since 1952 (as a 1952 issue of New Zealand Science Review and as the Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society until 1977). The Journal is published by the New Zealand Ecological Society and is covered by Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Science, GEOBASE, Geo Abstracts, Google Scholar and Web of Knowledge.