What is AER?

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Applied Ecology Resources (AER) is the British Ecological Society’s globally accessible open resource. AER makes sharing and discovering information on the management of biodiversity and the environment easier for everyone in the ecological community – whether you work in research, policy or practice.

We promote evidence-based decision-making by curating an ever-growing collection of information sources such as open access journal articles, research summaries and grey literature that can help progress our understanding and management of the natural world.

Leading consultants and the academic research community have identified inadequate discoverability and preservation as the greatest barriers to evidence-based decision making. AER helps break down those barriers.

All content on AER is freely accessible and permanently archived. Browse and filter results on our searchable platform to find the information you need. Stay up to date with new content in your topics of interest and other developments with AER by creating a free account (if you’re a BES member, you can log in with your BES details).

Organisations can upload and share their work with a broad international audience by becoming a member of AER. AER membership is open to any organisation or group that produces evidence-based information on the management of biological resources. We can receive documents written in most languages.

AER is supported by an Advisory Board who provide advice on strategic development and contribute to decision-making.

Ecological Solutions and Evidence is the journal at the centre of Applied Ecology Resources.

At the heart of AER is a new peer-reviewed open access journal, Ecological Solutions and Evidence (ESE). The journal publishes articles with direct relevance for the management of biological resources and is part of the freely accessible resource available on AER. ESE offers a unique suite of article types such as Practice Insights, Data Articles and Registered Reports that promote open science and provide a platform for practitioners to communicate with a broad audience. Visit the journal website to browse our latest articles.

Stay up to date with AER by creating a free account or subscribe to our eBulletin below. You can also follow us on social media via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.