Call for Papers: Plants Under Pressure: The Impact of Environmental Change on Plant Ecology and Evolution

BMC Ecology and Evolution warmly welcomes submissions to its new Collection titled 'Plants Under Pressure: The Impact of Environmental Change on Plant Ecology and Evolution'.
Call for Papers: Plants Under Pressure: The Impact of Environmental Change on Plant Ecology and Evolution

BMC Ecology and Evolution is calling for submissions to our Collection titled "Plants Under Pressure: The Impact of Environmental Change on Plant Ecology and Evolution."

Plants are our ancient allies, sustaining and nourishing life, yet many human actions are putting them increasingly under pressure. Worryingly, 39.4% of all plant species are now threatened with extinction, according to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew's 2020 State of the World's Plants and Fungi report. To highlight this issue and support the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 6: Clean water and sanitation, 13: Climate action, 14: Life below water and 15: Life on land, BMC Ecology and Evolution has launched this Collection to bring together research on:

  • the impact of environmental change on plant ecology and evolution (e.g., climate and land use change),
  • threats to plant survival (e.g., the introduction of invasive species, changes in consumer populations and potential consequences of plant loss to ecosystem functioning),
  • halting and reversing plant biodiversity loss,
  • and methods to monitor changes in plant species composition (e.g., eDNA and remote sensing).

Meet the Guest Editors

Isabel Barrio: Agricultural University of Iceland, Iceland

Dr. Isabel C Barrio is a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the Agricultural University of Iceland. Her research interests relate to plant-herbivore interactions in tundra ecosystems, and her research in Iceland focuses on the impacts of sheep grazing on common highland ranges. Isabel obtained her PhD in Environmental Sciences in 2010 from the University of Castilla La Mancha, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alberta (Canada) before moving to Iceland in 2015. Isabel is one of the founding members of the Herbivory Network and is Subject Editor for Oikos.

Alessandro Rapini: The State University of Feira de Santana, Brazil

Alessandro Rapini has a B.Sc. degree (Biology) and a Ph.D. (Biological Sciences - Botany) from the University of São Paulo. He carried out post-doctoral studies at the Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew-UK) and is currently a Full Professor at the Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (Brazil), where he has worked since 2002. He joined BMC in 2021 and has expertise in plant systematics, biogeography, and conservation, with a particular interest in the neotropical flora.

Submission guidelines

This Collection will consider researchdatabase and software articlesReview articles will be considered at the discretion of the Journal’s Editor. If you would like to submit a review article, please first email Jennifer Harman <> - the Editor of BMC Ecology and Evolution. Please note that unsolicited reviews will not be considered as per our submission guidelines.

Datasets, descriptions and short reports relevant to the Collection will be considered by BMC Research Notes as data or research notes. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

Articles under consideration for publication within the collection will be assessed according to the standard BMC Ecology and Evolution editorial criteria and will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by Guest Editors Dr Isabel Barrio (Agricultural University of Iceland, Iceland) and Dr Alessandro Rapini (The State University of Feira de Santana, Brazil).

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Plants Under Pressure: The Impact of Environmental Change on Plant Ecology and Evolution" from the dropdown menu.

If accepted for publication, an article processing charge applies. Please click here to find out about our standard waiver policy.

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 22 December 2023

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