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Ecosystems restoration and human well-being in Latin America

Special Issue Call for Papers

Submission deadline
1 June 2020

Ecosystems and People

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The special issue is inspired by the 2021 – 2030 Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems of United Nations. It aims to research how restoration projects and initiatives in Latin America have contributed to biodiversity conservation while fulfilling people’s well-being. Current restoration initiatives have considered a variety of activities, including not only the ecological restoration of natural ecosystems but also the social well-being of those people inhabiting them, considering diverse intervention types in the landscapes in order to improve ecosystems conservation and resilience, and also the ecosystem services they provide. In this context, this Special Issue aims to address the challenge of achieving an efficient interaction - integration between ecosystems restoration and human well-being from the perspective of the science and practice of restoration in Latin America.

The guest editors invite contributions from anyone involved in projects in Latin America that seek to increase and reinforce the link between restoration and human well-being. We welcome new ideas, concepts and methods, and empirical case studies that promote and implement restoration projects. Contributions can also consider issues of indigenous and local knowledge, gender aspects, and can apply transdisciplinary approaches. We particularly encourage the participation of young scholars and non-academic authors, as we aim at including a diverse group of authors from different backgrounds, disciplines and countries.

The Special Issue will be published fully open access, will be targeted to a broad audience and will include different publication formats, including research and review papers, perspectives, short communications and ‘notes from the field’, as well as letters to the editors. To ensure a high quality standard, this special issue will be limited to 12-15 papers.

Papers submitted to this Special Issue should address one or more of the following key questions: 

  1. How have ecosystems restoration initiatives in Latin America taken into account ecosystem services and their contributions to the well-being of multiple social actors?
  2. Which are the enablers and constraints to bolster the link between ecosystems restoration and human well-being in Latin America?
  3. How have ecosystems restoration initiatives in Latin America included marginalized actors, such as women, indigenous communities, afro-communities?

About the journal

Ecosystems and People is an interdisciplinary journal that focus on ecosystem services, their contributions to quality of life, and the multiple ways people relate with nature.

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 keep its publication costs as low as possible. In addition, financial support is available for authors from lower and middle income countries.

Guest Editors

  • Paula Meli, University of La Frontera, Chile
  • Zoraida Calle, CIPAV Foundation, Colombia
  • Eliane Ceccon, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
  • Matías Mastrángelo, Mar del Plata National University, Argentina

Important Information


Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2020
Deadline for submission of papers: 1 June 2020
First review of papers: June 2020 - August 2020
Submission of revised papers: September 2020
Second review of papers: September 2020 – November 2020
Final decisions: December 2020
Publication of the Special Issue: March 2021

Aims & scope

Submit an article

We encourage authors to send an extended (400-500 words) abstract to Guest Editor Paula Meli in advance to provide a supported process and to ensure space at the SI (limited to 12-15 papers). Abstracts submission deadline is March 1st 2020.

If your abstract is accepted: for the preparation of your manuscript, which should be of high quality and 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 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.

If you are interested in submitting a high-quality paper to this Special Issue, authors can write to the Co-Editors in Chief.

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

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 ‘Ecosystems Restoration Latin America’ 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.