**COVID-19: Notification of potential delays to publication**
Dear authors, and the scientific community at large,
Whilst New Zealand is fortunate in having eliminated COVID-19, the team at the New Zealand Journal of Ecology appreciates that there is a possibility that COVID-19 may return to New Zealand. As long as the country remains at Level-3 or below we can complete the publishing process for accepted articles, and we will continue to publish as normal unless New Zealand returns to Level-4.
If New Zealand returns to a Level-4 lockdown we would be unable to complete the publishing process for accepted articles; however, any accepted articles during a Level-4 scenario will be made available as online early versions. 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 an online early version and the Version of Record for articles in any issue being produced during any future Level-4 lockdown.
All authors and visitors to the website will be alerted to any changes in publication status and the current process relating to accepted articles.
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)
2019 Journal Impact Factor 1.516 (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.