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Riparian Ecology and Conservation


Emerging Science

Open Access

Riparian Ecology and Conservation publishes original research, reviews and opinions studying the ecology and conservation of riparian zones of all aquatic environments, including streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Coverage on riparian systems includes all levels from molecular, organism, community to ecosystem studies on hypothesis-driven approach to empirical investigation, as well as theoretical research relevant to a broad riparian ecology audience.

Aims and Scope

Why subscribe and read

Riparian Ecology and Conservation is (1) the first and the main publishing option for authors working on riparian ecology, conservation and management, and (2) serves as a hub integrating research community for the exchange of information between ecologists, conservation biologists, environmental scientists and managers, and regional, national and international authorities on riparian science and policy. The focus of the journal is on rigorous empirical or theoretical studies that relate to populations, communities and ecosystems, as well as their conservation, except purely descriptive papers.

Why submit

Submit your manuscripts to Riparian Ecology and Conservation with following advantages.

  • Rapid peer review.
  • Coverage on all areas of riparian ecology.
  • Publication immediately on acceptance – fast track publication.
  • Open access – Published articles are open access and available on the journal website. 
  • High visibility – Your research within the field is freely accessible to a global audience.

Emerging Science
Type of Publication:

Instructions for Authors

Last updated on 20 January 2016


Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via online submission system Editorial Manager available for this journal at In case of problems, please contact the Journal Editor at

Authors are suggested to follow Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

  • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
  • focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
  • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
  • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
  • be delivered in electronic format.

The journal accepts the following publication formats:

  • Research Articles
  • Communications and Rapid Communications
  • Reviews and Mini-Reviews
  • Commentaries
  • Letters to the Editor and Amendments

Peer-Review Process
The journal uses a closed single-blind peer review system (the names of the reviewers are hidden from the authors). Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by two or more experts. Reviewers are asked to recommend whether a manuscript should be accepted, revised or rejected. Although the journal uses the plagiarism detection system CrossCheck, reviewers should alert the editors if they suspect any issues relating to author misconduct such as plagiarism.

Reviewers are asked to provide detailed, constructive comments that will help both the editors make a decision on the publication and the author(s) to improve their manuscript. They should point out whether the work has serious flaws that preclude its publication, or whether additional experiments should be carried out or additional data should be collected to support the conclusions drawn.

Cover Letter
It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript. Please explain why you consider your manuscript as suitable for publication in the journal, why will your paper inspire the other members of your field, and how will it drive research forward.

The letter should contain all important details such as:

  • your full name (submitted by)
  • full title of article and short title
  • full list of authors with affiliations
  • e-mail of the corresponding author
  • contact address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author
  • number of attached files, if there is more than one
  • status: new, reviewed or accepted (with reference ID if reviewed or accepted)

Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal. If related work has been submitted, then we may require a preprint to be made available. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between the related submissions.

Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

Conflict of interest declaration
To ensure fair and objective decision-making, authors must declare any associations that pose a conflict of interest in connection with evaluated manuscripts (see Editorial Policy for details). Authors are encouraged to fill in the ICMJE Conflicts of Interest Form (available here) and send it in the electronic format to the Journal Editor.

Open Access License
Authors have to sign an Open Access License that is available on the journal webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.

Formatting Requirements
We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. For your initial submission, we recommend you upload your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript, please provide us with individual files: an editable text and publication-quality figures.

  • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below)
  • Tables should be submitted as MS Word or PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format
  • Graphics files can be submitted in any of the following graphic formats: EPS; BMP; JPG; TIFF; GIF or PDF. Please note that Powerpoint files are not accepted

Post acceptance, text files of the revised manuscript and tables are required for use in the production.

Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the editorial office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors.

Riparian Ecology and Conservation is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CABI (over 50 subsections)
  • Celdes
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ReadCube
  • ResearchGate
  • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Journal Editor
Yixin Zhang, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Editorial Advisory Board
Lee Brown, University of Leeds, UK
Henri Décamps, Université Paul Sabatie, Toulouse, France
Takashi Gomi, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
Laodong Guo, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Jon Harding, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Antoine Lecerf, University of Toulouse, France
Davy McCracken, Scottish Agricultural College, Ayr, UK
Jeffrey McDonnell, Oregon State University, USA
Timo Muotka, University of Oulu, Finland
Futoshi Nakamura, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
Christer Nilsson, Umea University, Sweden
Kevin Rogers, University of the Witwatersrand, Johnannesburg, South Africa
Honghua Ruan, Nanjing Forestry University, China
Takuya Sato, Kyoto University, Japan / University of British Columbia, Canada
John C. Stella, State University of New York, Syracuse, USA
Ross Thompson, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Philippe G. Vidon, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA
Lizhu Wang, International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Office, Ontario, Canada
Wei Wu, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, USA
Jun Xu, Louisiana State University, USA

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Editorial Contact
Yixin Zhang

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