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

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2.483 (2021)
Impact factor
2.807 (2021)
Five year impact factor
17,479 (2021)
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  • Call for Papers

    Soil & Water Resources Management for Combating Desertification in Drylands under Climate Change (Deadline: 31 August 2022)

    Guest Editors:

    Prof. Mohamed Ouessar, the Arid Zone Research Institute (Institut des Régions Arides) (IRA), Médenine, Tunisia (E-mail: ouessar@yahoo.com) 

    Prof. Gabriel Del Barrio, Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain (E-mail: gabriel@eeza.csic.es) 

    Dr. Nabil Bachagha, School of Geosciences and Info-Physics, Central South University, China (E-mail: bachaghanabil@yahoo.fr) 

    Prof. Wang Xinyuan, Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (E-mail: wangxy@aircas.ac.cn)

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    Biodiversity and ecosystem protection in arid and semi-arid areas (Deadline: 30 June 2022)

    Guest Editors:

    Prof. Dr. Ewa Łupikasza, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland 

    Prof. Dr. Ireneusz MALIK, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland 

    Prof. Dr. Xiaobing ZHOU, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, China 

    Dr. Wenjun LI, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, China 

    Dr. Huiliang LIU, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, CAS, China

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    Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in Arid Areas (Deadline: 30 June 2022)

    Guest Editors:

    Prof. Keping Ma, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Prof. Yuanming Zhang, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

    Prof. Hikmat Hisoriev, Academician, Institute of Botany, Plant Physiology and Genetics, Tajikistan National Academy of Sciences, Tajikistan

    Prof. Roman Jashenko, Institute of Zoology of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

    Prof. Komil Tojibaev, Academician, Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan

    Prof. Ahmedou Soule, Research Center for the Valorization of Biodiversity (CRVB), Mauritania

    Prof. Alice C. Hughes, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

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2194-7783
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1674-6767
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