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Celebrating 10 years of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society

Special Issue in Ecosystems and People

Humanity depends on nature for life support, but human activities are profoundly changing ecosystems around the world. The Anthropocene has resulted in a highly interconnected world with cross-scale interactions linking human communities and ecosystems in new ways with uncertain outcomes. The concept of social–ecological systems provides a powerful analytical frame for understanding the inter-linked and cross-scale dynamics of environmental and societal change in the Anthropocene.

This Special Issue is inspired by the first ten years of science of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society, and reflects on the development of social-ecological systems research during this period, when social-ecological systems research slowly moved from the margins and to become a flourishing field of research, despite some challenges. This Special Issue reflects on this development process, highlights some methods and processes for social ecological systems research in the Anthropocene and suggests ways forward for the next ten years.

The call for submissions is not open to external authors. The call was circulated through the PECS network and pre-submissions were received in October 2019 and authors met in Germany at the Leuphana University Lüneburg in December 2019. The guest editors selected 15 papers to be included in this Special Issue.

The Special Issue will be published open access, is targeted to a broad audience and will include different formats: research papers, review papers synthesizing current knowledge, and perspectives.

About the journal

Ecosystems and People is an interdisciplinary journal that addresses how biodiversity and ecosystems underpin human quality of life, and how societal activities and preferences drive changes in ecosystems..

Ecosystems and People has inclusivity as one of its principles, embracing the growing research trend towards more inclusive research approaches that reflect cultural realities and include other knowledge systems, such as indigenous and local knowledge. The journal envisions having an equitable gender balance and adheres to three criteria of inclusiveness (i.e. region, gender and seniority level) in their publications to spur more diverse representation of authors and research contributions. Ecosystems and People is a fully open access journal, but keeps its publication costs as low as possible. In addition, financial support is available for authors from lower and middle income countries.

Guest Editors

Albert Norström, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, South Africa and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
Elena Bennett, McGill University, Canada
Odirilwe Selomane, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, South Africa

Important Information

Deadline for submission of papers: 31 August 2020
First review of papers: September - October 2020
Submission of revised paper: December 2020
Second review of papers: January - February 2021
Final decisions: March 2021
Publication of the Special Issue: April - May 2021

We request that authors of the manuscripts selected by the editors to be part of this Special Issue follow the guidelines indicated below.

The submitted manuscript should not exceed 8,000 words, please use this guide for authors provided by the journal’s editors. This website also offers instructions for the different article types.

Please submit your papers only through the online submission system of Taylor & Francis, which can be found here.

Please note that authors of accepted papers will pay an article publishing charge (APC), plus any additional taxes, following double-blind peer review. Members of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) are eligible for a 15% discount on the standard APC. In addition, authors working in low-income countries will receive a 100% discount, and from lower-middle income countries a 50% discount publication costs.

When submitting, please select ‘Special Issue paper’ as ‘Manuscript type’, and upon the question ‘Is your paper candidate for a Special Issue’ please click ‘Yes’ and select ‘PECS’ in the drop-down list. Note that even if your manuscript is a perspective or short communication, you should still select Special Issue paper as ‘Manuscript type’.

The journal works with a double-blind peer-review system, and you are therefore reminded to submit an anonymous version of your manuscript in addition to one with full details. In addition, you are encouraged to suggest two reviewers in your cover letter.