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GLP OSM Special Issues - Call for submissions and plans

Dear GLP Community, 

Please see below for open calls for Special Issues created in conjunction with the GLP Open Science Meeting held this past October in Beijing. Contact the editors if you are interested in submitting a paper. Additionally, if you or your research groups, session organizers or fellow colleagues are developing additional Special Issues or publications associated with the OSM, send an email to the the International Programme Office of GLP at so that we can add these to the list!  

Special Issue l: Land — Open Access Journal Special Issue "Anthropogenic Biomes"

Land (ISSN 2073-445X) is an international, scholarly, open access journal of land use and land management published quarterly online by MDPI.​

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of anthropogenic biomes or “anthromes” was introduced in 2008 by Ellis and Ramankutty in their paper “Putting People in the Map: Anthropogenic Biomes of the World” [1]. By mapping the globally significant ecological patterns created by sustained direct interactions with humans, the work encouraged a rethinking of the biosphere to include humans, attracting more than 100 news and blog posts and more than 600 citations on its original publication and many more on related work [2]. Anthrome maps now appear in several recent textbooks and National Geographic Atlases. Most importantly, the concept of anthromes and their global mapping has helped inspire and underpin a wide variety of efforts to “put people in the map” of Earth’s ecology and landscapes, including efforts to define the Anthropocene as an epoch of geologic time.​

The goal of this special issue is to both consolidate existing work on anthromes and to advance the utility of anthromes as a tool for understanding, mapping, assessing and guiding sustained human environment interactions in an increasingly anthropogenic biosphere.

Due Date for Submissions: January 15, 2017 
To coincide with the Global Land Project Open Science Meeting in Beijing, October, 24-27, 2016.

Prof. Erle C. Ellis
Dr. Kees Klein Goldewijk
Prof. Navin Ramankutty
Dr. Laura Martin
Guest Editors​

For more information and submission instructions:


Special Issue II: Journal of Land Use Science (Taylor & Francis Group)  "Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security​

We are living in a world characterized by persistent tensions between food production, human welfare, and environmental sustainability. Sustainable intensification of agricultural production is therefore paramount to meet the ever increasing demand for agricultural products at low environmental costs. This is particularly urgent in developing countries where yields are often low but demand for food and fiber is increasing rapidly due to population growth, more affluent consumers, and dietary changes. Thus, there is a clear necessity for greater evidence-based discourse that informs decision-making towards more sustainable pathways of agricultural production that help to improve food security. This special issue aims to showcase novel and integrated approaches that support strategic policy analysis toward sustainable agricultural intensification at the intersection of food, water, land, energy, and the environment. The special issue will bring together approaches that rely on spatially explicit analysis of approaches to sustainable intensification of agricultural production. We aim to go beyond agronomic approach and take a land system perspective to sustainable intensification. We welcome contributions that measure, analyze, and/or evaluate the economic and environmental effects of intensifying agricultural production. In addition, we will also invite contributions from selected prominent scholars in land use science community.

Open to submission for OSM participants, contact guest editors

Guest Editors:

Zhanli Sun, Research Associate, Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany.

Peter Verburg, Professor, Environmental Spatial Analysis, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherland.

Liangzhi You, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC, USA.


Journal of Geographical Sciences "Land System Dynamics: pattern and process"

This special issue of Journal of Geographical Sciences aims to communicate the latest research progress in Land System Science, to specifically look at some key theoretical and technical issues in investigating or modeling the dynamics of this coupled human-natural system in an urbanizing and telecoupling world, and to offer some case studies from a variety of countries or regions demonstrating the experience, algorithms, tools and models for framing these dynamics at different space and time scales. All these can help to provide a comprehensive knowledge base in understanding the patterns and processes of land system changes.

Open to submission for OSM participants, contact guest editors.

Proposed guest editors:
Prof. Huajun Tang (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China)
Prof. Peter Verburg (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Prof. Wenbin Wu (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China)

Journal of Geographical Sciences, co-sponsored by the Geographical Society of China and the Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, started publication in 1990. It is an international journal focusing on natural sciences, and publishes papers on physical geography, natural resources, environmental sciences, geographic information, remote sensing and cartography. Manuscripts come from different parts of the world. It is published monthly by Science Press (China) and Springer (Germany), 128 pages per issue with color figures. Journal of Geographical Sciences is abstracted/indexed by Science Citation Index Expanded with an Impact Factor of 1.344 in 2015.

Editorial Office
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS
11A, Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
Online submission:
Papers online:
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Special Issue III: Impacts of agricultural land use changes on environments

Guest editor: Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin, Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan 

Interests: Spatial statistics and modeling in environmental and ecological systems; applications of GIS and remote sensing in environmental and ecological systems; freshwater monitoring and modeling; optimal environmental monitoring network design; landscape ecology in land-use management and planning; ecohydrology; groundwater modeling; land-use planning and modeling; soil heavy metal pollution assessment; multiscale analysis in environmental and ecological systems; system dynamic modeling in environmental systems; ecosystem services; system dynamic modeling; optimization techniques



Dear Colleagues,

Agricultural land use changes have influenced environmental systems on a global scale. As a consequence, such changes are one of the major issues facing environmental planning and management. Accordingly, without proper planning and management of agricultural land use and various agricultural activities, environmental systems as well as ecosystem services may suffer, particularly in terms of water quality, water quantity, as well as biodiversity. Therefore, to avoid and mitigate the impacts of such land use and agricultural activities on the environments, many efforts in land use planning and management should be undertaken to assess the impacts of various land use changes on agricultural systems, model agricultural land use changes, evaluate land use planning and management strategies, as well as sustain ecosystem services.

In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impacts various land use changes and agricultural practices have on environmental systems, “Environments” is launching a special issue entitled “Impacts of land use changes on agricultural environments”. Articles related, but not limited, to innovative or significant findings in: agricultural land use change studies, agricultural land use and water quality or quantity, the impacts of agricultural land use on ecosystem services, agricultural land use planning and modeling, agricultural land use management, and teleconnection of agricultural land use changes across various scales are considered. Of course, studies on other related topics are welcome as long as they contribute and provide novel insights or aim to investigate the issues or provide pertinent solutions for the negative effects that agricultural land use changes have on the environment.

Due date: March, 31, 2017
The special issue is open to participants of the Global Land Project Open Science Meeting in Beijing, October, 24-27, 2016

Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin
Guest Editors

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. “Environments” is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.
Keywords: Assessments of agricultural land use changes; Impacts of agricultural land use on water quality and quantity; Impacts of agricultural land use on ecosystem services; Impact of agricultural land use on biodiversity; Agricultural land use planning and modeling; Agricultural land use management; Teleconnection on agricultural land use changes across various scales