Landscape Ecology is the flagship journal of a well-established and rapidly developing interdisciplinary science that focuses explicitly on the ecological understanding of spatial heterogeneity. Landscape Ecology draws together expertise from both biophysical and socioeconomic sciences to explore basic and applied research questions concerning the ecology, conservation, management, design/planning, and sustainability of landscapes as coupled human-environment systems. Landscape ecology studies are characterized by spatially explicit methods in which spatial attributes and arrangements of landscape elements are directly analyzed and related to ecological processes.

All manuscripts must show a keen awareness of the current literature and an immediate relevance to at least one of the following key topics: (1) Flows and redistributions of organisms, materials, and energy in landscape mosaics; (2) Landscape connectivity and fragmentation; (3) Ecosystem services in dynamic landscapes (especially, tradeoffs and synergies); (4) Landscape history and legacy effects; (5) Landscape and climate change interactions (particularly, mitigation and adaptation); (6) Landscape sustainability and resilience (e.g., relationships between ecosystem services and human well-being in changing landscapes); (7) Mechanisms and ecological impacts of land use change; (8) Scaling relations and hierarchical linkages of patterns and processes across landscapes; (9) Innovative methods in landscape analysis and modeling; and (10) Accuracy assessment and uncertainty analysis of landscape studies.

A valuable resource for both researchers and practitioners in ecology, conservation, ecosystem management, and landscape planning and design, Landscape Ecology is currently one of the leading journals across these fields.

  • Editor-in-Chief: Jianguo (Jingle) Wu, Arizona State University
  • Journal of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US and World)
  • Covers relationships among landscape pattern, ecological processes and scale
  • Explores the nature and ecological consequences of land use and land cover change
  • Reviews the effects of landscape heterogeneity on population dynamics, ecosystem processes, and ecosystem services
  • Examines landscape fragmentation on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • 94% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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3.385 (2019)
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4.354 (2019)
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67 days
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211 days
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  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Toward a Science of Scaling in Landscape Ecology

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021 | Expected 2022

    We invite papers that address this key need to develop general ‘rules of thumb’ and specific techniques for scaling information across scales in space and time, translating knowledge across organizational levels, and extrapolating experimental results to real-world systems. We encourage submissions that develop new techniques for prediction and extend theories that have been established in other fields such as physics and biology. We also encourage review and perspective papers. We will put less weight on submissions that simply examine the impact of different spatial scales on patterns or processes. Students and Early Career Researchers are especially encouraged to submit one of these article types.

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  • Latest Special Issue: Volume 35, issue 12, December 2020

    Land-use legacies and forest change: understanding the past to forecast the future

    Issue editors: Matteo Garbarino & Peter J. Weisberg

    The importance of land-use legacies for shaping contemporary landscape patterns and processes and for informing landscape management has been widely recognized for at least two decades (Bürgi et al. 2017; Foster et al. 2003), although research on the topic has accelerated dramatically in recent years.
     

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