Tag: JVS

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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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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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)

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Description of the Special Issue

Non-native plant invasions are a major driver of ecosystem transformation across the globe.…

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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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Arid community responses to nitrogen and carbon addition depend on dominant species traits and are decoupled between above- and below-ground biomass

Prepared by Sofía Campana, María Fernanda Reyes and Martín R. Aguiar

Graphical abstract of the paper. At the top-left, there is also a picture of the Patagonian steppe (Chubut province, Argentina), where we conducted the experiment to test the individual and combined effects of soil C and N addition on the above- and below-ground biomass accumulation of the perennial grass community.
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