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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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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5.043 (2021)
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5.586 (2021)
Five year impact factor
18 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
708,978 (2021)

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  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Understanding relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services in real landscapes

    Submission Deadline: October 31, 2022 | Expected 2023
    This special issue will summarize current knowledge on relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services, and identify research priorities to inform conservation, management and policy actions to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services at landscape scales in the Anthropocene.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Landscape Ecology and Landscape Approaches in the Iberian context: challenges, opportunities and future prospects

    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022 | Expected Spring 2023

    We invite contributions that address the current state and potential for future improvements in landscape ecological theory and landscape approaches and their role to help address key territorial and social-ecological challenges in the Iberian context, including: water scarcity and sustainable management, forest fires, soil erosion and desertification processes, conflicts between biodiversity conservation and food security, landscape character and urban-rural conflicts for land-use.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Landscape Sustainability Science


    Building on and expanding beyond the fundamentals of landscape ecology, landscape sustainability science (LSS) aims to provide a transdisciplinary science foundation for landscape sustainability by emphatically interrogating the landscape pattern-ecosystem services-human wellbeing nexus.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Pandemics and landscape ecology in a post-COVID world


    We are interested in papers examining the spatial dynamics of pandemics, including (but not limited to COVID-19), including spread, forecasting, management and mitigation. We are also interested in research that looks at the ecological impacts of the “anthropause” due to COVID-19, as well as challenges to research during the first years of the pandemic and continuing on as we try to “live with COVID”.

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