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Science-policy interfaces advance research on ecosystems and people

Special Issue

Deadline: 15th March 2019
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This Special Issue aims at synthesizing the lessons learned in the science-policy interaction regarding biodiversity and ecosystem services, particularly within the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The Issue will especially reflect on how this advances theory and impact of research on ecosystem-people interactions. We invite contributions on the process, the theory as well as the outcomes of IPBES or science-policy engagement in general.  

The guest editors explicitly welcome a diversity of authors involved or concerned with science-policy work under a range of capacities. We enthusiastically invite authors of the ongoing and approved IPBES deliverables, young scholars and non-academic authors, as we aim at the participation of a disciplinary and regionally diverse group.

The Special Issue will be published open access and is targeted to a wide audience, welcoming a diversity of formats: research papers, review papers synthesizing current knowledge, perspectives, short communications and ‘notes from the field’, and letters to the editors.

Ecosystems and People

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.

Language: en-US

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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Submission guidelines

Some guiding questions for this special issue include:

  • What new conceptual developments does the science-policy interface of biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as IPBES, represent? What are the new insights gained from these conceptual developments?
  • Which methodological developments have occurred in the science-policy interface of biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as IPBES? These can include methodological aspects and challenges regarding multiple sources of evidence and Indigenous and Local Knowledge, plural values of nature-society interactions, quantitative and qualitative tools, tools for synthesis of literature, and policy support tools.
  • What can we learn from the interactions among participants in science-policy interfaces of biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as IPBES? This includes issues of regional and disciplinary backgrounds, participation and procedural justice, science vs. policy.

Instructions for authors

For the preparation of your manuscript, which should be of high quality and should not exceed 8,000 words*, please use the guide for authors provided by the journal’s editors under: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=tbsm22&page=instructions. This website also offers instructions for the different article types.

Please note that authors of accepted papers will pay an article publishing charge (APC) of £770 / $1000 / €885, 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.

Finally, if you are interested in submitting a high-quality paper to this Special Issue, but not able to pay the APC, authors can write to the Co-Editors in Chief.

* Note that this word limit can differ, depending on the article type. If the submitted article type is a perspective or short communication, for instance, the word limit will be considerably lower. 
Submission of papers

Please submit your papers only through the online submission system of Taylor & Francis, which can be found via the following link: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tbsm .

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 ‘Science-policy on ecosystems and people’ 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.

Guest Editors

Patricia Balvanera, Instituto de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas y Sustentabilidad, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico
Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University, India
Patrick O’Farrell, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa
Sander Jacobs, Institute for Nature and Forest & Belgian Biodiversity Platform

Publication Schedule

Submission deadlineMarch 15th, 2019
Submission of revised papersJune, 2019
Final decisionsSeptember 2019
Final publication of special issueDecember 2019