By Jürgen Dengler, Anna Kuzemko & Idoia Biurrun, Chief Editor Team of Palaearctic Grasslands
With Palaearctic Grasslands (PG), the fifth IAVS journal is joining Vegetation Science Blog (vegsciblog.org). Palaearctic Grasslands is published by the IAVS Working Group EDGG (Eurasian Dry Grassland Group; www.edgg.org). It is at the same time the newsletter of EDGG, an opulently illustrated magazine celebrating the beauty of natural and semi-natural grasslands and their biota and a peer-reviewed journal publishing Research Articles, Reviews, Forum Articles and Scientific Reports. PG is a gold open access journal without article processing charges (APCs), and it offers free linguistic editing of accepted articles. PG appears in four to six issues per year, each approximately 100 pages thick, and is subscribed by more than 1,300 EDGG members from over 60 countries. You find more information on and all past issues of PG at https://edgg.org/publications/bulletin, and you can obtain free membership in EDGG with an e-mail to the membership administrator, Idoia Biurrun (email@example.com).
The freshly released issue 46 of Palaearctic Grasslands is again rich in content as usual. Two scientific articles report about the first results of the EDGG research expedition (“Field Workshop”) to the dry grasslands of Armenia in 2019 and propose a standardised sampling method for orthopteroid insects that works well in combination with the EDGG vegetation-plot method. Then there are two “Photo Stories”, one from the Western Pyrenees in Spain and one from the Hortobágy National Park in Hungary. Moreover, inspired by the lockdown due to the Corona crisis, we start a new article category, called “Glimpses of a Grassland”. In this category, 12 authors or author teams from Spain to the Russian Far East and from Sicily to Northern Finland introduce one of their favourite grasslands on two pages each. After the success in this issue, we will keep the “Glimpses” as a regular category and hope to see many more such short stories from the diversity of grasslands in the future.
You can read the complete issue at https://edgg.org/sites/default/files/page/Palaearctic_Grasslands_46_0.pdf