Co-limitation toward lower latitudes shapes global forest diversity gradients



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Dear all,

For the press release, you can find the Purdue draft article here. Sorry, due to the unexpected deadline, our press people did not have time to get any quotes from our international collaborators yet.

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Dear Dr Liang,


Please find attached a revised proof of your forthcoming Nature Ecology & Evolution article.


Could you please check the affiliations and the acknowledgments?


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We finished correcting the final proof, and submitted it this morning at 10am EDT.

This is our submitted proof. Below is the confirmation message from Springer Nature:


Journal: Nature Ecology & Evolution.
DOI : 10.1038/s41559-022-01831-x
Title : Co-limitation towards lower latitudes shapes global forest diversity gradients.

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Dear Authors,

I have three updates on our paper in press:

1. Based on the team-wide poll results, as well as the confirmation from Springer Nature that our Open Access fee (~11,000USD) can only be split between no more than three parties, the team has chosen to go with the “subscription” route, in which we are not going to use the Open Access option.

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2. For our upcoming press release, we plan to launch a video collage featuring the strength and value of our global forest inventory data. You are all invited to participate in this public-relations campaign.

Please upload videos about your forest inventory data, including (but not limited to): your crew members collecting data, interesting stories behind your data, and challenges or obstacles you have encountered.

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