Co-sponsored by Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Science Press, the Journal of Arid Land is an international peer-reviewed journal which explores sustainable development and eco-environmental management and focuses on the arid and semi-arid lands in Central Asia and the world at large.

The journal covers such topics as the dynamics of natural resources (including water, soil and land, organism and climate), the security and sustainable development of natural resources, and the environment and the ecology in arid and semi-arid lands, especially in Central Asia. Coverage extends to interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere, and relationships between these natural processes and human activities. Also discussed are patterns of geography, ecology and environment; ecological improvement and environmental protection; and regional responses and feedback mechanisms. The journal presents reviews, brief communications, trends and book reviews.

  • Presents original, innovative research from arid and semiarid regions, addressing geography, geology, pedology, hydrology, biology, ecology and meteorology
  • Explores the past, present and future of the natural and human landscapes in arid and semi-arid lands, especially those in Central Asia
  • Serves as a forum for discussion among researchers from different disciplines and regions

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Chief Editor
  • Xi Chen
Executive Editor-in-Chief
  • Ruide Yu
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

1.899 (2019)
Impact factor
2.066 (2019)
Five year impact factor
15,090 (2019)
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Electronic ISSN
2194-7783
Print ISSN
1674-6767
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Science Press & Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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