R.S. de Groot, A.P.E. van Oudenhoven

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademic


In this editorial to the first Issue of Volume 10 (2014), we look back on last year’s contributions to the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management (IJBSEM), summarize changes to the team of Associate Editors and the Editorial Board, and provide a short overview of the papers that make up Issue 10(1). One year ago, we reported that the recent shift in scope had resulted in increased visibility and quality of the Journal’s papers. Although the number of submissions was similar in 2013 compared to 2012, the number of citations and downloads continued to increase, with 14 of the top 20 most-cited papers published since the Journal’s shift in scope (Issue 6, mid-2010), and this is also true for 17 of the top 20 most-read papers. You can find more information on citations and downloads on our website www.tandfonline.com\tbsm. We attribute this progress to the increased focus on management implications of research into biodiversity and ecosystem services. Authors are being encouraged to focus more strongly on the context and consequences of their research for management, as biodiversity or ecosystem services assessments per se generally lack sound problem descriptions and practical recommendations on how results can be interpreted and used. Increased communication between our editors, reviewers and authors has resulted in more high-quality papers and an excellent turnaround time of less than 2 months (mean number of days between submission and first decision). At the time of writing this editorial, the annual report had not been completed yet, which contains detailed statistics on the Journal and a summary of feedback from authors, reviewers, and readers. We expect to be able to inform you on our progress in the next issue of IJBSEM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
JournalInternational Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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