Call for Abstracts: Journal of Vegetation Science, Special Issue “Biological Invasions in Plant Communities”

The non-native shrub Ulex europaeus invading natural grasslands in Lavalleja, eastern Uruguay (Photo: Anaclara Guido)

Guest Editors

Description of the Special Issue

Non-native plant invasions are a major driver of ecosystem transformation across the globe. Despite an increasing body of literature, there is little consensus about the factors that foster the establishment and abundance of non-native species in plant communities. Similarly, given a predicted increase in biotic exchange across regions, there is a need to understand the mechanisms underlying the impacts of invasions on plant community structure and ecological functioning.

The Special Issue will be a collection of approximately 10-15 papers that examine the patterns, drivers and mechanisms of non-native plant invasions in the context of plant communities through hypothesis-driven empirical studies (experiments, surveys), meta-analyses, modelling, or conceptual work. We especially welcome papers that:

  • Investigate the interplay of community invasibility, propagule pressure, and species invasiveness on plant invasions.
  • Macroecological studies that harness multi-species datasets and/or functional traits to understand the drivers, mechanisms and impacts of plant invasions at the local scales.
  • Interactions between native and non-native species in invaded plant communities, habitats and regions.
  • Explore mechanisms underlying emerging invasions in biodiversity hotspots, especially in the Global South, given the predicted increase of invasions in this region and its disproportionate coverage by scientific studies.
  • Advanced methodological approaches to assess mechanisms underlying plant invasions. 

Submitted manuscripts must be in line with the scope of the Journal of Vegetation Science, i.e. focus on plant community ecology or the macroecology of vegetation. Furthermore, contributions can focus on single invasive non-native plant species if they are placed in the context of interactions with the plant communities they invade. 

Please send a preliminary abstract of your article in the JVS format to the Receiving Editor, Viktoria Wagner (viktoria.wagner@ualberta.ca). 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, and their acceptance will depend on the results of the peer-review procedure.

Deadlines:

  • Abstract submission: 31 January 2024
  • Manuscript submission: 30 October 2024
  • Issue publication: 2025 (individual articles will be published as they are accepted before the issue publication)