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Wetlands Journal

Wetlands cover for webWETLANDS is our international journal covering all aspects of wetlands biology, ecology, hydrology, soils, biogeochemistry, management, laws and regulations. WETLANDS features peer-reviewed articles from leading authors in wetland science and serves as the premier outlet for communicating research to an expanding community of international and interdisciplinary wetland professionals. The journal, published six times a year, includes full length articles, short notes and timely review articles.

WETLANDS is published by Springer on behalf of the SWS. All individual members of SWS receive free online access to WETLANDS and can purchase a print subscription for $30 per year.

Author Instructions
Authors are encouraged to submit scientific manuscripts dealing with freshwater, marine or estuarine wetland research from the viewpoint of any appropriate discipline or with relevant management or regulatory topics. Subject matter should be of interest to an international audience. Access the Springer website to electronically submit a new manuscript and get more information about manuscript preparation.

Wetlands solicits papers for special issue
Wetlands have been at the center of human evolution and the development of this planet’s diverse cultures. Without water we would not exist. While the mission of the SWS is “to promote understanding, conservation, protection, restoration, science-based management, and sustainability of wetlands” the relationship between humans and wetlands at the most basic cultural levels has not been considered. Every culture on the planet relies on some type of wetland. A better understanding of the importance of wetlands to our diverse cultures and traditions provides a new and important dimension to the Society’s mission.

“Wetlands have special attributes as part of the cultural heritage of humanity – they are related to religious and cosmological beliefs and spiritual values, constitute a source of aesthetic and artistic inspiration, yield invaluable archaeological evidence from the remote past, provide wildlife sanctuaries, and form the basis of important local social, economic, and cultural traditions” (Ramsar, 2016). With this in mind, Wetlands is soliciting papers that are focused on the role that wetlands play and played in the emergence and development of our diverse cultures and social structures, and the various aspects of wetlands that are deemed important and define the culture. Inevitably, much of this information is likely to be a part of the culture’s oral history and Wetlands will respect and honor this traditional information. Authors are encouraged to assign primary authorship to the individuals that provided the information and follow the Principles of Professional Responsibility as adopted by the Council of the American Anthropological Association.

  1. Did the wetlands shape their respective cultures? If yes, then how or in what ways?
  2. Did the people try to manage the resources? If so, how and to what end?
  3. What were early management practices like?
  4. Did they use on or several types of wetlands? Did they distinguish between the different wetlands on the landscape?
  5. Was the culture hunter gather versus agrarian (i.e., opportunistic versus predictability)?
  6. Do wetlands still play an important role in the lives of indigenous people?

The goal of this effort is to obtain a sufficient number of papers that could be published as a special issue in Wetlands and presented as a symposium in the upcoming 2018 SWS Annual Meeting in Denver. Anyone interested in participating in the symposium should submit their abstracts when the abstract site goes live in late November 2017. Participation in the symposium does not obligate the presenter to prepare and submit a paper or preclude someone who did not participate in the symposium from submitting a manuscript. Draft manuscripts should be submitted to Wetlands by July 1, 2018. Please contact Wetlands Editor in Chief, Dr. Marinus Otte (marinus.otte@ndsu.edu), for more information.

WETLANDS Editor-in-Chief
Marinus L. Otte, North Dakota State University, Biological Sciences Department

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