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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the text field "Comments for the Editor").
  • The submission file is in accordance to the Author Guidelines and based on the Word Template as provided by Landscape Online. It will be submitted as MS Word Document (*.DOCX / *.DOC) or Rich Text Format (*.RTF).
  • The correspondence author agrees on behalt of all co-authors (if any) to the Open Access Policy of Landscape Online and grants Landscape Online the right to publish this article under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) license
    Note: Our Editorial Management will contact you for signment of an agreement before publishing.
  • The submission contains both: a non-anonymous and an anonymous version of the manuscript.
    The non-anonymous version contains author names, institutions, and email addresses; acknowledgements; funding information). The anonymous version of my manuscript, ensure that reviewers won’t be able to identify me and my co-authors, or the institution where the research was carried out. The anonymous version is in accordance to the Authors Guidelines.
  • During submission process you need to send a cover letter using the text field Comments for the Editor. In the submission cover letter to the editors you may also express requests regarding the following, if needed:

    a) Consideration for Special Issue: If authors want their manuscript considered for one of the special issues please apply at this point.

    b) Consideration of Reviewer: If authors want to suggest reviewers to evaluate the manuscript please enter names and contact data. In addition you can also mention experts that shall not evaluate the manuscript due to what reason ever.

    c) Consideration of Fee waiver: If any of the fee waivers apply to the authors please also mention. However, you need to clarify this in advance with the Editorial Management according to the fee waiver offers provided.

    In regard to all three aspects, please note: later request may not be taken into consideration or lead to delay of article publishing.

Author Guidelines

Please consult the Author Guidelines and the Open Access Policy of Landscape Online before submitting your manuscript. If your manuscript submitted does not comply with these we cannot proceed with your submission. The checklist above helps to in this regard. In case you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our Editorial Management

Research Article

Original Articles summarize and examine in-depth important aspects of landscape (ecological) research both, a specific project, model or a theory on landscape. There is no further regulation as to the structure of the article. But all articles should have a clear scientific structure and respective results (in case of a model or empirical study)/conclusions (in case of a more theoretical contribution).

Short Paper

Short papers refer to a short presentation of a new method/methodology/model that needs further empirical testing and elaboration but should be introduced in the scientific community to foster discussion. The short paper can be upgraded in length and comprehensiveness to a Research Article after a round of reviews and opinion gathering. The review time is limited and permits fast progress. Short papers could be a typical part of PhD research.


Reviews give a critical overview of recent publications and comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge on a specific topic/topic area in landscape (ecological) research. Reviews elaborate major research questions, indicate research gaps, and suggest future research directions. They typically base on a web-based database survey and analysis to grab the state of the art comprehensively.


Ideas present new concepts, methods, methodologies, models, approaches, or theoretical aspects in landscape (ecological) that should be further discussed within the scientific community. There are no restrictions to the structure of Ideas presented, but submissions must clearly present what the novelty is. Ideas need to be well derived from recent literature. Furthermore, advantages and disadvantages of the presented Idea must be discussed.


Syntheses offer the opportunity to summarize and promote research results to build a bridge between research and practice. 

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