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Hydrological Sciences Journal

Virtual Special Issue: Advancing socio-hydrology: a synthesis of coupled human–water systems across disciplines

Submission Deadline:
31 December 2020

Do you want your research to challenge the practitioners of socio-hydrology, and investigators of coupled human–water systems to see beyond the disciplinary focus of water sciences?

Do you want your research to give a voice to the many unheard ideas and concepts, that are still far from analysis, but clearly demonstrate that they will inspire future quantitative analysis?

How this virtual special issue will make an impact


  • To engage scientists from sociology, water justice, governance and institutions, human and physical geography, mathematical biology and eco-hydrology, human behaviour and decision-making science, visual anthropology, big data and citizen science, sustainability science, water and natural resource economics, and socio-hydrology in general.
  • Democratic reflection of where the community of coupled human–water system sciences stands and where it could go. Particularly blind spots.
  • The need of concepts such as irrationality, bounded rationality, endogenous culture etc. in socio-hydrology, i.e. outside the domain of hydrology and water sciences.

How we will achieve this objective

  • Special Issue contributions are sought that present: quantitative focus/analyses; non-quantitative analyses having the potential to inspire and trigger future, more quantitative studies; and crisp narratives/essays based on literature review from related fields (see topics below, under each guest editor) with clear guidance on what socio-hydrology and coupled human–water system studies in general can do next.
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How does a Virtual Special Issue work?

  • Accepted manuscripts will be published online as and when they are accepted; final articles will be assigned to the next available and appropriate issue for printing.
  • Each article will bear a header (in print and online) to identify it as a contribution to this special issue, together with the Panta Rhei logo on the first page, to indicate that this special issue is a contribution to the IAHS Panta Rhei initiative.

Submissions guidance

Submit to this Virtual Special Issue using ScholarOne Manuscripts.

  • Edited by HSJ Co-editor, Stacey Archfield
  • Registered Guest Editor: Saket Pande
  • A full list of guest editors can be found below

Other guest editors (GE) are registered as Author/Reviewer (identified in the system with a green flag – visible only to the CE, GE and Editorial Office).
All users will be registered (by corresponding authors/guest editors if not already on the system) as Author/Reviewer.



Saket Pande

Water Economics

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
([email protected])

Melissa Haeffner

Water justice

Portland State University, USA
([email protected])

David Yu

Human behaviour/decision making

Purdue University, USA
([email protected])

Matt Sanderson


Kansas State University, USA
([email protected] )

Josepha Wessels

History/visual anthropology/geography

Lund University, Sweden
([email protected])

Giuliano Di Baldassarre

Floods and droughts

Uppsala University , Sweden
([email protected]

Juliane Dame

Human/physical geography

Heidelberg University, Germany
([email protected])

Rachata Muneepeerakul

Mathematical Biology/eco-hydrology

University of Florida, USA
([email protected])

Fernando Nardi

Big data/citizen science

University of Perugia for Foreigners, Perugia, Italy
([email protected])

Glenda Garcia Santos

Sustainability and resilience 

Alpen-Adria Universtiy, Austria
([email protected])

Murugesu Sivapalan

Basin scale socio-hydrology 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
([email protected])

Fuqiang Tian

Case studies, others

Tsinghua University, China
([email protected])

Yongping Wei

Natural resource economics/management

University of Queensland, Australia
([email protected])

Leon Hermans

Governance and institutions

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
([email protected])

Solicitation and submission of abstracts

  • Potential authors are invited to submit an abstract to the topical guest editor of their choice (see above) by private communication
  • Guest editors will independently solicit abstracts related to their topic for the special issue, e.g. by publicizing it in their topical conferences, personal communications, social media, etc
  • The special issue will be advertised on the journal’s homepage at the Taylor & Francis website and through IAHS media outlets (website, e-news, social media etc.).

The review process - step by step

1. Abstract review

GEs (Guest Editors) will collaborate with Registered Guest Editor (RE), Saket Pande:

  • To clarify key ideas with the potential authors and encourage merger with other authors should they propose similar idea(s), in coordination with the RE and other GEs
  • Encourage a story line that builds the literature review/analysis leading to the ideas
  • If appropriate, invite the author(s) to submit a paper via ScholarOne Manuscripts

2. Manuscript review

  • Please read our Instructions for Authors for help with preparing your manuscript for submission
  • On submitting your manuscript please select the option to submit to this Special Issue
  • Your submissions should include a cover letter clearly stating how the GE suggestions were incorporated, and naming the guest editor who made them
  • Following Editorial Office checks, the manuscript will be assigned to the CE, Stacey Archfield, who will assign it, in turn, to the RE
    • Note: If Saket is one of the co-authors, the manuscript will be handled by Stacey herself
  • The RE will then discuss the manuscript with the relevant GE. This will be conducted confidentially via the web-based discussion forum (see below, Communication) and, based on the recommendations of that GE, will either invite reviews from appropriate referees, including the relevant GE, or recommend rejection, potentially with the option to resubmit
  • If a GE is one of the co-authors, the RE will discuss the manuscript with another GE with similar topical expertise
  • A recommendation for Minor or Major revision/Rejection/Acceptance will be made by the CE. This decision will be based on the reviews received, including that of the GE
  • The CE makes a decision and the decision letter is sent to the authors. A copy will be sent to the reviewers/GE/RE, for their information

3. Communication

For coordination between Guest Editors a web-based discussion forum will be created, where:

  • GEs may log high-level ideas of potential submissions and discuss the possibilities of merger with other similar ones if any
  • The RE can discuss submissions with the suggested GE in order to identify potential referees; discuss referee reports and authors’ rebuttal; and prepare a recommendation for the CE

Time line

  • Late 2018: Abstracts received and reviewed, followed by manuscript submission via the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site, from beginning 2019 to late 2020.
  • 2019 onward: Review and revision.
  • 2019/20 onward: Accepted papers published online, with publication in the next available issue online and print, and subsequent collation in a ‘Virtual Special Issue’ online, accessible via the journal’s homepage
  • 2020: Submission of a synthesis article by all the guest editors (RE/GE) of the special issue, with insights into a possible follow-up research agenda for coupled human–water systems.

Completed accepted manuscripts will be published online as ‘author manuscript online’ (AMO), while the copy-editing and typesetting takes place. The AMO is published with a disclaimer; however, it includes the digital object identifier (doi) that can be used to cite the article, as it remains the same throughout the publication process.

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