Call for Abstracts: Journal of Vegetation Science Special Issue “Plant community responses to climate change”

Guest Editors

Description of the Special Issue

An increasing number of climate change studies are showing the need to take into account local and regional contexts if we want to improve our predictions of plant community responses to changing climate. The aim of this special issue is to highlight the main ecological factors likely to influence, from local to regional scales, the response of plant communities to climate change. In particular, the Special Issue will focus on:

  • Microclimatic effects on plant communities, both in forest and grassland habitats.
  • Mesotopographic and bedrock influences on plant communities at the scale of soil types, including the influence of snow cover in alpine environments.
  • Regional climatic effects, including rainshadow effects on vegetation in mountain ranges.

The issue will include approximately 15 articles. Empirical, modelling and conceptual studies are all welcome.

Please send a preliminary abstract of your article in the JVS format to the Receiving Editor, Richard Michalet ( The Guest Editors will evaluate the abstracts and invite selected abstracts to be developed into manuscripts and submitted to this Special Issue. All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.


  • Abstract submission: 31 December 2022
  • Manuscript submission: 30 September 2023
  • Issue publication: 2024 (individual articles will be published as they are accepted before the issue publication)