Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the first quarter of 2024

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler and Wolfgang Willner (on behalf of the VCS Chief Editor)

Stand of the Philonotido-Saxifragetum stellaris, a bryophyte-dominated, non-calcareous, arctic-alpine spring vegetation, from the Retezat Mts., Romania, belonging to the alliance Philonotidion seriatae nom. conserv. propos. This photo refers to the Editors’ Choice article by Hájek et al.
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Trait divergence in plant community assembly is generated by environmental factor interactions

Prepared by Valério D. Pillar

Expected values of a trait (t1) in a set of simulated communities. The trait is selected by two random environmental factors (e1 and e2) according to specified linear functions. In (a), trait t1 is additively affected by factors e1 and e2, and in (b), it is determined by both factors plus their interaction, according to linear function slopes shown in the insets.
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Call for Abstracts: Journal of Vegetation Science, Special Issue “Alpine Vegetation and Global Change”

Guest Editors

  • Gwendolyn Peyre, Colombia
  • Jiří Doležal, Czech Republic
  • Mark Hovenden, Australia
  • Anke Jentsch, Germany
  • Susanna Venn, Australia
  • Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Spain

Scope of the Special Issue

The Special Issue aims to address the combined effect of anthropogenic and climatic threats as drivers of vegetation dynamics in a changing world.…

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Grant opportunity for early-career researchers

Provided by the Steering committee of the IAVS Young Scientists

Joice Klipel (second from right to left) sampling root traits during the practical part of the international course “Species Traits” in Valencia, Spain, December 2022. Photo by Alison Munson

Receiving a grant can influence both scientific production and researchers’ career paths, especially at the beginning of a career.…

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Palaearctic Grasslands 60 is published

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

The new issue of Palaearctic Grasslands is out, and you can read the complete issue here.

This new issue comes with several announcements and reports about EDGG events and activities, including the second call for the next Field Workshop in South-Western Alps (Aosta, Susa and Durance valleys in Italy and France).…

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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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Cutting vEdge tools: an upcoming series of free practical seminars organised by the IAVS EcoInformatics

Prepared by the IAVS EcoInformatics Working group

Join us to exchange & get updates on analytical tools in vegetation science!

These practical seminars promote exchange and knowledge on the state of the art of analytical tools in vegetation science. Join us, spread the info and feel free to propose a speaker, give a talk, or propose a subject of interest.…

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