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Call for Papers: Human-nature connectedness

Special Issue

Ecosystems and People

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This special issue is based on the great success of the Leverage Points 2019 Conference at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, particular on its theme of human-nature connectedness . Leverage points are places in a system where relatively minor interventions can lead to relatively major changes. Inspired by the seminal paper by Donella Meadows (Places to intervene in a system, 1999) the proposed issue will focus on the relationship between humans and nature and how it can be used as a leverage point to foster sustainability. We invite contributions which present innovative and new ideas, concepts and methods, empirical case studies such as, but not limited to, the use of relational values, local indigenous knowledge, biocultural diversity, gender aspects, transdisciplinary and alternative science communication/arts-based approaches that increase human-nature connectedness. The relevance of findings for decision making and management is a crucial aspect as the leverage points perspective addresses intervention within a system. In line with the journal’s scope, papers should discuss the implication of their research and highlight recommendations that are relevant for decision making and/or management.

The guest editors welcome contributions from anyone involved or concerned with the connectedness between humans and nature. We particularly invite participants of the Leverage Points 2019 conference, young scholars and non-academic authors, as we aim at including a diverse group of authors from different backgrounds, disciplines and geographic origins.

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

The following key questions will be central to papers in the Special Issue:


  1. Which new conceptual developments and enhancements does a focus on human-nature connectedness entail? Which insights can be gained from these new developments for sustainability and the concept of leverage points and that may practically enhance humans’ connectedness to nature?
  2. What are new methodological developments and enhancements that enrich the discussion around human-nature connectedness? How do those new methodological developments help to detect and understand leverage points that foster sustainability and that may practically enhance humans’ connectedness to nature?

Deadline for submission of papers:
02 December 2019

First review of papers:
January 2020-April 2020

Submission of revised papers:
June 2020

Second review of papers:
July-August 2020

Final decisions:
September 2020

Publication of special issue:
November 2020

You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. We also encourage authors to send an extended (400-500 words) abstract to the Editorial Office in advance to provide a supported process and to ensure space at the SI (limited to 12 papers). Abstracts submission deadline is 15th September 2019.

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 ‘Human-Nature Connectedness’ 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.

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Guest Editors

Maraja Riechers
Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University

Marina García Llorente
Department of Ecology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Jacqueline Loos
Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University

Ágnes Balázsi
Ecosystem Services Laboratory, Faculty of Sciences and Arts Cluj-Napoca, Sapientia

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