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Call for Papers: Joint Special Feature on the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration

Thursday, September 3, 2020  
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Restoration ecology is emerging as a key science to help repair damaged ecosystems, imagine/create the ecosystems of the future, and address the biodiversity crisis. Indeed, the United Nations has declared 2021-2030 “The Decade on Ecosystem Restoration”.


We are pleased to launch an open call for manuscripts for a first-of-its-kind, cross-journal, cross-society joint Special Feature on Ecological Restoration. As two ecological societies that understand the importance of collaboration in ensuring the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration reaches its full potential, the British Ecological Society (BES) and Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) seek manuscripts that communicate new research and restoration thinking that addresses how best to capitalize on the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. All of the BES journals, including Ecological Solutions and Evidence Functional Ecology Journal of Animal Ecology Journal of Applied Ecology Journal of Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution , and People and Nature together with SER journal Restoration Ecology, are bringing together this Special Feature.  


As a relatively young science, restoration ecology has yet to fully realize its promise. The science of restoration needs to be clear in how best practice is understood and communicated if it is to capitalize on the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. Areas of potential growth in this field include cogent theoretical frameworks, global generalities of restoration efficacy, frameworks defining  different  outcomes, the inclusion of Indigenous communities and traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge, and closer collaboration between scientists and practitioners. 


Restoration is a multifaceted science spanning ecosystems and taxa and across spatial and temporal scale. It also involves diverse communities, including: Indigenous communities, restoration ecologists, restoration practitioners, and other stakeholders. The Special Feature will integrate a diverse set of ecological restoration studies across sub-disciplines, geographical areas, study systems, and taxa. In line with the paper types of the participating journals, we invite syntheses, theoretical approaches, case studies, and perspectives, from all levels of ecological organization and across stakeholder communities. We especially encourage papers that integrate or address emerging themes in restoration ecology including (but not limited to): 

  • decolonizing restoration ecology
  • the role of historical vs forward-looking references/controls
  • the intersection between climate change and restoration
  • ecosystem services in restoration
  • restoration metrics
  • resilience, stability, and alternate stable states
  • citizen science and community-led restoration
  • practitioner/scientist collaborations

Authors should look through the eight journals’ aims, scopes, and article types to select the appropriate target journal/article type for their research. All submissions will be subject to the normal peer-review process operated by the journals. To ensure authors can create papers that are innovative and novel, and to connect authors who may be proposing research on similar topics, we ask authors to send a title and a few sentences about their proposed contribution (and their target journal amongst the eight named and proposed article type) to one of the two editors of this call:

Dr. Stephen Murphy, Editor-in-Chief, Restoration

Dr. Holly Jones, Lead Editor, Ecological Solutions and 


The deadline for proposed contributions is November 13 2020.


The deadline for manuscript submission to the journals for this Special Feature is January 31 2021.