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Deadline: 15 January 2021


Invasive alien species and biodiversity: impacts and management’ themed issue for Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth

Biological invasions are widely recognized for negatively impacting biodiversity around the world, from genetics to the landscape levels, whilst also causing severe social and economic problems. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recognizes that “there is an urgent need to address the impact of invasive alien species” (IAS) and recommends all parties “to prevent the introduction of, control or eradicate those alien species which threaten ecosystems, habitats or species”.

This themed issue aims to contribute to our bio-ecological understanding of the direct and indirect effects of IAS on biodiversity, with attention to:

1)    (Multiple) effects of IAS on native biodiversity (e.g. at the species, community or habitat level);

2)    Comparing effects of IAS under different management scenarios;

3)    Effects of IAS on ecosystem services and/or human well-being (e.g. food security, health, etc.)

Contributions from countries within the global south are particularly welcome.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your manuscripts in Times New Roman 12 pt to Biodiversity’s Managing Editor, Vanessa Reid ([email protected]) and send the title (even if it is a working title) of the manuscript/opinion piece/book review etc you plan to submit, as soon as possible.

The deadline for final submissions is 15 January 2021. This themed issue will be published in April 2021 both in print and electronic editions, available through Taylor and Francis Journals. A special board of editors will review the submitted manuscripts and publication of final papers will be subject to blind peer-review.

We also greatly encourage publication/book reviews, Forum and On the Ground pieces. An Opinion piece, as the name suggests, is the author's opinion on the subject. It can be as formal or informal in style and the word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words. References are optional and it is not peer-reviewed. An ‘On the Ground’ piece is a personal account from Biodiversity practitioners working in the field, sharing their experiences and insights. The word count can range from 500 - 3,500 words and references are optional.

Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth is published in partnership with Taylor and Francis Journals. Please visit the Taylor and Francis website for more information on submissions, subscriptions and to purchase individual articles and special issues.

Guest Editors: Sandra Citterio ([email protected]), Adriano Martinoli ([email protected]), Rodolfo Gentili ([email protected]), and Urs Schaffner ([email protected])

Managing Editor: Vanessa Reid ([email protected])

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