Category: Editorial news

VCS Editors’ Award for 2023

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editor)

Cover of Volume 4 (2023) of Vegetation Classification and Survey with a motif from the Editors’ Award article by Strohbach & Strohbach (2023) on vegetation classification in Namibia.

As in every year, to highlight outstanding papers, we selected one Editors’ Choice paper per quarter, and from these four papers, we selected one for the annual Editors’ Award (Dengler et al.…

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Double-blind review procedure in the Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science

Post prepared by Milan Chytrý, Valério Pillar, Jodi Price and Viktoria Wagner

Charles Fox and colleagues recently published a study that raised concerns about the fairness of the peer-review process in scientific journals (Fox et al., 2023). They conducted an extensive experiment in Functional Ecology, in which each manuscript submitted to this journal was randomly assigned to be reviewed with author identities anonymized vs.…

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Call for Abstracts: “Island plant communities: natural experiments at the intersection of biogeography, conservation and global change ecology”, Special Issue in the Journal of Vegetation Science

The rugged, uninhabited Montecristo Island (Italy) was made famous by the A. Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo (1844). The real treasure hosted by this island is the biodiversity it hosts, such as diverse flora and the oldest known individuals of Quercus ilex, the evergreen tree dominating the Mediterranean forest vegetation, which is facing issues due to climate change but also by the feral goats, introduced long time ago on the island.
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Towards more reproducibility in vegetation research

The post provided by Marta Gaia Sperandii, Manuele Bazzichetto, Glenda Mendieta-Leiva, Sebastian Schmidtlein, Michael Bott, Renato Augusto Ferreira de Lima, Valério D. Pillar, Jodi N. Price, Viktoria Wagner and Milan Chytrý

Temporal trend in the percentage of articles published in the Journal of Vegetation Science (JVS) and Applied Vegetation Science (AVS) with data (left) or code (right) made available by the authors.
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Results of the Photo Contest for JVS/AVS 2024 cover pictures

The winners of the Photo Contest for JVS/AVS 2024 cover pictures are TJ Watt and Adolf Češka. Here are the new journal covers with their photographs. The forerunners are Alexandre Pereira, Martin Macek and Maxwell Oliveira.

Epiphytic community of lichens, bryophytes and ferns on the branches of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) in the Great Bear Rainforest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada.
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Palaearctic Grasslands 58-59 is published

The post provided by Idoia Biurrun (Chief Editor of Palaearctic Grasslands)

This post refers to the new issue 58-59 of Palaearctic Grasslands, which you can read here.

This new issue comes with several announcements and reports about EDGG events and publications, including a detailed report of the successful Eurasian Grassland Conference held in September 2023 in Hungary, announcements on three promising Talk Grasslands next winter, and first calls for the Field Workshop and Eurasian Grassland Conference in 2024. …

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New Associate Editors of JVS and AVS

We are pleased to announce that new Associate Editors joined our journals:

Journal of Vegetation Science

Arshad Ali, Hebei University, Baoding, China
Josep Padullés Cubino, Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain
Eric Lamb, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Sergey Rosbakh, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Julian Schrader, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Guilherme Seger, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Amanda Taylor, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
Ole R.

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New Schedule of Article Publication Charges (APCs) for Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) in 2024

Provided by Jürgen Dengler (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editors) and Peter Minchin (IAVS Vice-President and Publication Officer)

Screenshot of the journal website of Vegetation Classification and Survey (https://vcs.pensoft.net/).

Like all journals, the IAVS gold open access (OA) journal Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) needs to collect the costs of publishing from some source, be it authors, readers, research institutions or the IAVS budget.…

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