Guide for Authors

Please note, that only manuscripts that comply with the scope and the style of Landscape Online will be accepted for publication. Articles that do not meet the criteria outlined in these instructions may be rejected. For your initial submission, please use our Word Template (DOT) to provide your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, within a single text document. Here you can download a word template. Submit the manuscript as MS Word DOCUMENT (*.DOCX / *.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF). 

All kinds of articles not be published beforehand in another journal. Any overlap with a published or submitted work needs to be declared to the editorial mangement on submission. 

Article categories

We offer five different paper categories, namely full research articles, short papers, reviews, ideas and syntheses. Encourage primary literature citations. All paper categories are without any limitations in length, but should be focused and appropriate to its content. Also, there is no limitation on the number of references included in an article, in order to give credit to the group(s) who first reported a finding. Furthermore, we encourage for literature reviews to cite the original source of discoveries as opposed to review articles. 

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 to more specifically target scientific outputs for knowledge brokerage, putting emphasis on theory-practice transfer and policy making. This might include the integration of research outputs that might have been considered and published separately in order to give new insights if combined. 

Publication ethics


To be named as author, people need to contribute substantially to the writing of a manuscript or to the research presented. During submission we ask authors to clarify roles and contributions of the different co-authors.
Relating to CRediT and in accordance to the ICMJE authors should have a) substantially contributed to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND b) drafted or revised the work critically for important intellectual content; AND c) give final approval of the version to be published; AND d) agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Changes to the author list after submission have to be discussed with the responsible editor and are only permitted in exceptional cases, for example when additional work was required during the revision of the manuscript. All co-authors have to agree to the change.


We ask authors to be cautious about self citations. Previous publications should be cited where appropriate but excessive self-citation should be avoided. In particular in cases of excessive self-citations reviewers and editors may ask to delete individual self-citations in case they are not considered as relevant and substantial.