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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The value of long-term monitoring of field experiments: a case from the sand grasslands of Central Hungary

The post provided by Ildikó Orbán and György Kröel-Dulay

Two subtypes of our studied vegetation type, showing the two species that are competing for dominance – a) Stipa borysthenica, and b) Festuca vaginata (Photo credit: György Kröel-Dulay)

This post refers to the article The role of drought, disturbance, and seed dispersal in dominance shifts in a temperate grassland by Orbán et al.…

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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.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the third quarter of 2023

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

Example of vegetation types in the Aric Chaco in Central-Western Argentina from the Editors’ Choice article by Zeballos et al. 2023.

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) has completed the third quarter of the fourth volume, containing in total seven articles (see list below).…

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Revealing a unique historic dataset on vegetation composition of Swiss grasslands or developing a passion for dusty vegetation records

The post is provided by Susanne Riedel, Jürgen Dengler, Felix Herzog and Stefan Widmer

Friedrich Stebler and Carl Schröter in front of the hut on the Fürstenalp, where they spend a lot of time, exfoliating off 67 vegetation sods (http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000068526
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Open access movement: noble intend – questionable outcome (and what different stakeholders can do about that)

The post is provided by Jürgen Dengler

Development of article numbers published annually in journals relevant to vegetation ecologists since 2014. The journals are grouped into seven categories based on content (multidisciplinary vs. ecology only), ownership and publication approach. The y-axis presents the total number of articles per year of all journals grouped in each category, standardized by the value of 2014 and log10-transformed to account for the extreme changes in some cases (source: J.
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Restoration of invaded temperate grasslands: species phenology adds to microsite and seed availability

Prepared by Cecilia D. Molina, Pedro M. Tognetti and Pamela Graff

Selective clipping treatment within experiment carried out on the Flooding Pampa grassland (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in an exclosures dominated by Festuca arundinacea. Photo credit: Pedro Tognetti

Conserving plant diversity in temperate grasslands faces significant challenges due to biological invasions.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): IAVS members can still publish for free

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

At the IAVS Symposium in Coffs Harbour this summer, the IAVS Council decided to continue the financial support for its gold open-access journal Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS). Accordingly, papers first authored by IAVS members and submitted until the end of 2023 remain fully exempt from article processing charges (APCs).…

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New Special Collection on “Classification and diversity of European forests and forest fringes” launched by VCS

The post provided by Idoia Biurrun and Wolfgang Willner (Chief Editors of Vegetation Classification and Survey) and Pavel Novák (Guest Editor of the Special Collection)

This post refers to the call for the new Special Collection on “Classification and diversity of European forests and forest fringes” launched by VCS.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the second quarter of 2023

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Example of an illustration of one “geocomplex biome” (Montane evergreen and seasonal Andean forest geocomplex) from the Editors’ Choice article by Navarro et al. 2023.

Among these, the Chief Editors selected the contribution by Navarro et al (2023) as the Editors’ Choice article.…

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