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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4.349 (2018)
Impact factor
4.992 (2018)
Five year impact factor
58 days
Submission to first decision
11 days
Acceptance to publication
359,995 (2018)

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  • Editors’ Choice

    The Editors’ Choice papers are selected by Landscape Ecology’s Editor-in-Chief for their high relevance to the field and outstanding quality of research, based on recommendations of the editorial board members.  These are exemplary articles published in Landscape Ecology during the recent three years.  Editors’ Choice is an honor bestowed by the editors of the journal upon its authors.

    The Editors’ Choice papers are freely accessible until 31 December 2019

    Halstead KE, Alexander JD, Hadley AS, Stephens JL, Yang Z, Betts MG (2019) Using a species-centered approach to predict bird community responses to habitat fragmentation. Landscape Ecology

    Grafius DR, Corstanje R, Harris JA (2018) Linking ecosystem services, urban form and green space configuration using multivariate landscape metric analysis. Landscape Ecology 33(4):557-573

    Ng K, Barton PS, Macfadyen S, Lindenmayer DB, Driscoll DA (2018) Beetle's responses to edges in fragmented landscapes are driven by adjacent farmland use, season and cross-habitat movement. Landscape Ecology 33(1):109-125

    Rodriguez-Echeverry J, Echeverria C, Oyarzun C, Morales L (2018) Impact of land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Chilean temperate forests. Landscape Ecology 33(3):439-453

    Bürgi M, Bieling C, von Hackwitz K, Kizos T, Lieskovsky J, Martin MG, McCarthy S, Muller M, Palang H, Plieninger T, Printsmann A (2017) Processes and driving forces in changing cultural landscapes across Europe. Landscape Ecology 32(11):2097-2112

    Kukkala AS, Moilanen A (2017) Ecosystem services and connectivity in spatial conservation prioritization. Landscape Ecology 32(1):5-14

    Rocha R, Lopez-Baucells A, Farneda FZ, Groenenberg M, Bobrowiec PED, Cabeza M, Palmeirim JM, Meyer CFJ (2017) Consequences of a large-scale fragmentation experiment for Neotropical bats: disentangling the relative importance of local and landscape-scale effects. Landscape Ecology 32(1):31-45

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