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A recommendation note from the MRI Governing Body and MRI Coordination Office on “predatory journals”

Predatory journals and predatory publishers have been defined as “entities that prioritise self-interest at the expense of scholarship and are characterised by false or misleading information, deviation from best editorial and publication practices, a lack of transparency, and/or the use of aggressive and indiscriminate solicitation practices” (Grudniewicz et al., 2019).

Publishing in predatory journals is highly problematic for a number of reasons*. For instance, it can damage one’s own reputation and/or the reputation of one’s institution; articles that are published in predatory journals do not offer any added value to researchers and science and further perpetuate practices that negatively impact science and scientific quality; or visibility can be limited given that some of these journals are not indexed by reputable citation indexes and literature databases, with no guarantee of long-term access to published articles. Furthermore, such articles often enter the public domain without rigorous quality control or thorough peer review, for instance by prioritising speedy reviews - irrespective of the suitability of the reviewers’ disciplinary expertise - instead of soliciting the relevant and key expertise for such reviews. Therefore, all publications in such journals endanger the credibility of publicly-funded research, diminish the value of research that would otherwise receive greater recognition if published in reputable journals, and contribute to a general distrust of scientific publications.

The MRI encourages open science practices and the accessible dissemination of results of high-quality scientific research. The choices made as to where and how this research is published are also key aspects that need attention and careful consideration by the mountain research community. Therefore, and in view of the issues raised by predatory publishing practices, the MRI strongly recommends that researchers exercise their own responsibility and judgment and carefully consider where they choose to publish their work, and where they agree to guest edit special issues, by consulting trusted sources of information and learning more about predatory publishing practices.

Useful resources we recommend (non-exhaustive):

* Adapted from Swiss National Science Foundation: FAQ What is the SNSF’s position with regard to predatory journals?

Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the issue of predatory publishing practices? We’d love to hear from you! Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the MRI Coordination Office.

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The Journal of Maps invites submissions for an article collection on geohazards and their susceptibility mapping for land use planning and risk management. Contributions concerning (but not limited to) analytical approaches, methods comparisons, case studies and land planning/civil protection are welcome. Multidisciplinary approaches and the use of open-source tools are greatly appreciated. The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 30 August 2024.

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Focused on society and space interaction at urban and regional levels, this special issue in Urban, Planning and Transport Research aims to explore new urban futures. It welcomes studies on territorial planning, urban mobility, green infrastructure, resilience, and climate change adaptation within the context of qualitative and quantitative research.

Abstract deadline: 21 April 2024

Manuscript deadline: 27 October 2024

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This Special Issue in the European Journal of Geography aims to open a debate on the new perspectives, difficulties and solutions from urban planning and city where could be addressed the climate change by its integration towards mitigate the citizen risk. Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following subtopics such as: public space, urban landscape and infrastructure, spatial planning, urban mobility, urban resilience, urban segregation, climate change.

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2024

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Frontiers in Climate invites submissions for a special Research Topic "Managed Retreat in Response to Climate Hazards." Explore diverse topics such as environment, buyouts, social science, communication strategies, community resilience, ecosystem conservation, environmental justice, finance, governance, habitability, infrastructure, legal issues, migration, receiving and sending areas, private sector perspectives, and more.  Contribute your research to advance our understanding of this critical aspect of climate resilience.

Manuscript Summary Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 18 August 2024


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The intersection between geomorphology and society has become increasingly critical as human activities continue to alter landscapes at an unprecedented pace. Unregulated land use changes often lead to environmental degradation, increased vulnerability to natural hazards, and a loss of ecosystem services. In response, there is a growing recognition of the importance of nature-based solutions, which involve harnessing natural processes and ecosystem functions to address societal challenges.

Given the importance and relevance of this Special Issue, Earth Science Systems and Society (ES3) invite researchers to contribute original articles with a particular focus on urban contexts. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

1. The impact of land-use changes on urban geomorphology: Studies of urban sprawl and its consequences on landforms, soil erosion, and sedimentation patterns in urban areas.

2. Assessing the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for urban flood control: Studies of stormwater management in highly urbanized areas.

3. The role of geomorphology in shaping urban landscapes: The relationships between urban form, land-use patterns, and geomorphic processes in rapidly growing cities.

4. Understanding the implications of urbanization on river geomorphology: Investigations of the effects of urbanization on the hydrology, sedimentation, and morphology of rivers in urban areas.

5. Exploring the potential of green infrastructure in managing urban geomorphological processes: Studies of the impact of green roofs, permeable pavements, and other nature-based solutions on soil erosion, runoff, and sedimentation in urban settings.

6. Investigating the socio-economic factors influencing land-use changes in urban areas: Investigations of the role of demographic, economic, and political factors in driving urbanization and its impact on geomorphology.

7. Assessing the vulnerability of urban areas to geomorphic hazards: Studies of the impact of floods, landslides, and other hazards on urban infrastructure and society, and the effectiveness of mitigation measures.

8. Examining the impact of urbanization on soil erosion and sediment transport in watersheds: Studies of the impact of land-use change and development on the sediment budget of a river basin in urban areas.

9. Developing sustainable land-use strategies for urban areas: Investigations of the potential of integrating nature-based solutions, land-use planning, and geomorphological processes in urban development.

10. Investigating the impact of urbanization on coastal geomorphology: Studies of the impact of sea-level rise, land-use change, and urbanization on coastal morphology and sediment transport, and the potential of nature-based solutions for mitigating coastal erosion and flooding.

ES3 look forward to receiving your submissions. All articles that are accepted for publication will be charged with an article processing fee. Before you submit, please visit the Publishing Fees and Funding Support pages for more information and guidance.

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Mountain Research and Development (MRD) invites submissions for its peer-reviewed MountainDevelopment and MountainAgenda sections. The first spotlights transformation knowledge: How can we solve problems and tap opportunities for greater sustainability? Articles should offer validated insights from development interventions, local practices, and policy efforts. The second focuses on target knowledge: What sustainable development do we want?

Articles should systematically review—and conclude with agendas for—research, development, or policy in a given area of sustainable mountain development. These kinds of knowledge are fundamentally important for sustainable development, and yet they receive comparably little attention in scientific research. Let’s change that!

Read about the journal’s section policies, guidelines, and submission procedure here.

Submissions are welcome year-round.

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This Special Issue of the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences aims to compile recent research that estimates and predicts natural hazards and risks in the Himalayan region.

Extreme hydrometeorological and geomorphological events account for 45 % of the fatalities and 79 % of the economic losses caused by natural hazards. Exacerbated by high seismic activity, rugged terrain such as the Himalayan landscape is particularly susceptible to generating these events, which often transform into cascading hazards where an initial event causes a downstream chain reaction (Shugar et al., 2021). These hazards interfere with increasing population pressure and expansion of settlements along rivers and new infrastructure developments such as roads and hydropower projects. Rising temperatures and changes in weather patterns in the wake of global warming likely elevate risks from hazards such as landslides, glacial lake outburst floods, riverine, and flash floods (Kraaijenbrink et al., 2017). The complexity of these hazards and their underlying processes demand scientific efforts and approaches from multiple disciplines.

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This article collection in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability seeks contributions that synthesize what we know, and what we don’t yet know, about social transformations in the context of diverse sustainability challenges.

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This article collection in the journal Sustainable Earth aims to examine and improve the learning of sustainability.

Learning is a relatively new concern in sustainability.  Much attention has been given to sustainability education, especially in tertiary education, but rather less on how people learn about sustainability and learn to become sustainable, especially from experience.

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The Swiss Journal of Geosciences is an international fully Open Access peer-reviewed journal and publishes original research and review articles, with a particular focus on the evolution of the Tethys realm and the Alpine/Himalayan orogen.

The Swiss Journal of Geosciences has editorial waivers available for outstanding contributions and review articles from researchers who lack funding for fully OA publication.

This Scientific Reports Collection in the journal Nature provides a platform for interdisciplinary studies of mountain surface processes and their responses to climate change and human activities.

Submissions are welcome on a rolling basis.


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