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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.

Submit paper for consideration in a special feature of Wetlands and for a symposium in the 2018 SWS Annual Meeting
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.

Some questions that could be used to help guide/shape manuscripts

  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 in a special feature of Wetlands and presented as a Symposium in the upcoming 2018 Annual SWS Meeting in Denver. 

Submission Deadlines
Symposium Presentation: November 21, 2017
Special Feature in Wetlands: July 1, 2018

Please contact Wetlands Editor in Chief, Dr. Marinus Otte (marinus.otte@ndsu.edu), for more information.

Exciting new developments for WETLANDS
WETLANDS is pleased to announce that it has expanded the themed categories under which it will publish papers in the field of wetland science. These essentially are continuous series, open to submissions at any time, which will be recognized by a banner across the top of each article. This serves to highlight the breadth of the topics WETLANDS will consider for publication, and a focus for researchers and managers.

The categories are:

  • GeneralAny papers that do not fit the categories below
  • Mark Brinson ReviewsLimited submissions, see info at WETLANDS web pages
  • Wetlands in the Developing World Any papers about wetlands in the developing world
  • Applied Wetland ScienceHow is our scientific knowledge translated into practice?
  • Socio-economic Aspects of WetlandsImportance and value of wetlands to human society
  • RamsarAny papers about Ramsar wetlands, about the Convention or related subjects
  • Wetlands EducationFormal and informal, specialized and public education
  • Wetlands RestorationHow do we restore wetlands, and how successful are we?
  • Wetlands ConservationHow does it work, and how successful are we?
  • Constructed WetlandsWhat are the latest advances in constructed wetlands?
  • Ecosystem Services of Wetlands – Anything about ecosystem functioning and services of wetlands
  • Wetlands and Indigenous People – Past and present importance, in every way imaginable, of wetlands to indigenous people around the world.

Within all categories, except for the Mark Brinson Reviews, regular research articles, review articles, or short communication can be submitted. For further information, see the WETLANDS web pages at http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/journal/13157. (right-hand panel, click on ‘Series & Article Types’).

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

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