Call for papers for the journal "Landscape Online”

As a joint of event of the IALE-D Working group Ecosystem Services and the Ecosystem Services Partnership ESP, a joint Workshop on Indication, Integration and Application of Ecosystem Services in Decision Making has been held in Kiel in May 2013. Following this event there have been some very constructive discussions about the planned special issue on “Concepts and Methods for Ecosystem Service Assessments”. The result on hand is a general acceptance of the plans from the editorial board of the IALE online journal “Landscape Online” and a huge support by workshop participants. Therefore, currently, the submission procedure can be started, and your contributions are being looked forward.


The general objectives of the special issue:

With the increasing popularity of the ecosystem service approach in many universities, research institutions and administrations, various works have to be done in parallel at several places. Thus, the efficiency of method selection and method development is extremely low, i.e.  because we are steadily – in most individual studies - „re-inventing the wheel of ecosystem service methodology“. Therefore, an information base on ecosystem service quantification concepts and methodologies will be extremely helpful for all scientists and practitioners. 

We are now founding a respective collection of information  in a „living“ special issue. It can be called “living” because the contributions can be published continuously and fast, without deadlines and waiting times. Furthermore it is possible to modify papers by new editions or new papers if the methodology has been improved. And finally this issue is no competitor to other journals because the focus is strictly put on methodology.

The journal „Landscape Online" is the official journal of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, Chapter Germany (IALE-D). You can find information on the journal at the following internet address:

The layout and structure of the papers:

You can find information on the layout of the articles and a proposal for their structures in the enclosure. The editors as well as the reviewers and the readers will be happy if you try to stick to these templates. There is no restriction of page numbers, but to make the papers more readable, the principle length of the articles should not exceed 25 pages. There are many possibilities to put additional information into different sorts of appendices.

The submission procedure:

Please apply the instructions for authors from the journal’s home page ( It will be very important to write a cover letter to the managers of the journal, telling them that this paper should be part of the special issue  “Concepts and Methods for Ecosystem Service Assessments”. Basing on this information, the review procedure will be supported and organized by the guest editors. To start the issue with a critical mass of papers we will try to publish the first edition in December 2013.

The review procedure:

Incoming articles which have been assigned to our special issue will initially be sent to the team of workshop organizers of the May-meeting in Kiel. These persons will select 2 reviewers in cooperation with the journal’s editorial board. The reviews will be resent to the authors when both referees have provided their evaluation, and - if it is positive - the authors will be asked for revisions. If the reviewers propose major revisions they will be asked for comments also concerning the revised manuscripts. To assist the reviewing procedure, authors can add a list with 5 potential objective and competent reviewers to their cover letter.

All parties will try to speed up the process to enable fast publications of the methodologies and concepts. To fulfill the demands of a „living issue“ the online publication will be proceeded as soon as the final version of the paper has been accepted. There will be no waiting time for the papers of the colleagues which usually happens in special issues of conventional journals.

Of course, this special issue will also be open for colleagues who did not participate in the Kiel workshop in May 2013. Therefore we will be glad if you also inform your colleagues and friends about this activity of IALE-D and the ESP working groups on „Ecosystem Service Indicators“, „Ecosystem Service Cascade“ and „Application of Ecosystem Services in Planning and Management“.

If you are planning to write a paper we would be glad about a short feed back until the end of July 2013 in order to prepare the organization of the editorial procedures.

We are looking forward to your replies and papers.


by Felix Müller (IALE-D, ESP) and the editorial group.


A. Principle structure of the papers for the special issue
B. General template for Landscape Online articles



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