ECOS is sent to BANC members three times a year. Individual articles are also available to download from our website.


Annual personal membership of BANC costs £25. This gets you three issues of ECOS, each around one hundred pages, packed with sharp and understandable articles, photos and cartoons. ECOS is unorthodox and multi-disciplinary, and people read it for its analysis, ideas and inspiration. But don’t just take our word for it …

“ECOS has lived up to its name: it has expanded into art, urban centres, wildlands and community health, with doubtless more horizons to cross. It blends vision with pragmatics through cheerful criticism and a dose of cynicism. In effect it has created a family. Long may it reign.”

Tim O’Riordan, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.


Previous ECOS articles are available to download from here. At least one item from each issue is available for free, with the rest available for only £2 each.


Much of the material in ECOS is specifically requested in advance, but we always welcome ideas for suitable topics and actual articles which suit the style and scope of ECOS.
Please feel free to email the editor at any time with suggestions, or with a specific proposal for an article.


The BANC web site is offering more opportunities to provide feedback and debate on ECOS articles, especially in our themed debates, so we urge people to join in debates and feedback on the web site.
We also welcome letters or short articles in response to articles that have appeared. Alternative views, queries, examples, or additional reinforcing points are always welcome, so we can keep topics live and interesting. Please email the editor with any such responses.


Deadlines for material to the editor in 2013 are as follows:
APRIL edition
Deadline:  passed
AUGUST edition
Deadline:  passed
DECEMBER edition
Deadline:  17 October


We find that most people produce crisply written articles straight off, but we like to have some simple guidelines for articles – these are set out in the list below.
We encourage authors to produce articles that are clearly expressed and easy to read, even if some of the ideas and messages may sometimes be subtle or complex. With this in mind, the articles should be produced against the guidelines below. But please don’t be put off – if you have something to offer ECOS, just get in touch with the editor and take it from there.

STRUCTURE: Follow the structure of articles in ECOS. The points below should be visible in all recent editions.
STYLE: Use plain English, active tense. We edit out all or most passive tense.
SUMMARY: Include a maximum three sentence summary-intro in italics, immediately under the title.
SUBHEADINGS: Please use subheadings throughout, to flag up key issues and structure the body of the text.
EXAMPLES: Short examples of key points raised are always welcome. These can be in case study boxes or integrated in the text.
REFERENCES: References should be set out in order at the end, coded by superscript numbers in the body of text where they are cited. Reference citations are as in ECOS, eg: Macarthy, M (2009) ‘Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo’, John Murray publishers, London.
BIOG SENTENCE: Provide a max two sentence author’s biog-description at the end, after references, in italics, concluding with your email address.
QUALITY CONTROL: You are welcome to get a second opinion from a friend or colleague on your article before submitting it. In normal circumstances and if time permits, the ECOS editor will get one or two opinions on the article once it is submitted, and will offer feedback if necessary. We sub-edit all articles for final tweaks and house style needs. If making any substantive edits to articles we will seek clearance from the author before publication.