Journal History

2012 Land released its inaugural issue and was published as a quarterly journal.
2013 Land published the first successful Special Issue on Landscape Changes in Savanna Systems: Understanding the Roles of Climate, Vegetation Dynamics, Parks and Protected Areas, Resources, People and Livelihoods, edited by Land Editorial Board member, Prof. Dr. Jane Southworth, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/savanna.
2014 Land published 17 papers in the Special Issue on Landscape Perspectives on Environmental Conservation, edited by Land Editorial Board member, Prof. Dr. Kenneth R. Young, https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/environmental-conservation.
2015 Land was covered by the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI – Web of Science).
2016 Land was indexed in Scopus.
Land exhibited at GLP OSM in Beijing and organized the first Editorial Board meeting, chaired by EiC, Prof. Dr. Andrew Millington.
2017

Land became an affiliated journal of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE).
Land announced the Travel Award winner: Mr. Michael Lathuillière.

2018

Land's CiteScore 2017 (Scopus) is 1.45, which equals rank 50/124 (Q2) in the category 'Nature and Landscape Conservation' and 127/306 (Q2) in 'Ecology' and 36/65 (Q3) in 'Global and Planetary Change'.
Land announced the Travel Award Winners: Dr. Giulia Sofia and Mrs. Khadiza Begum.

2019

The publication frequency changed from quarterly to monthly.

Land's CiteScore (2018 Scopus data) was 2.15, which equals rank 37/140 (Q2) in the category 'Nature and Landscape Conservation' and 90/336 (Q2) in 'Ecology'.

Land announced the 2019 Travel Award Winners: Dr. Catalina Munteanu and Ms. Elizabeth Tellman

Land has been accepted for coverage in Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI - Web of Science), starting from Volume 6.

The journal was divided into five topical sections: Land Systems and Global Change, Landscape Ecology, Soil–Sediment–Water Systems, Socio-Economic and Political Aspects of Contemporary and Historical Land Issues, and Urban Contexts and Urban–Rural Interactions.

2020

A new topical section, Land–Climate Interactions, was established in Land journal.

Land announced the 2019 Outstanding Reviewer Award winners: Prof. Dr. Frank Vanclay, Prof. Dr. Volker Beckmann and Dr. Antonio Santoro.

Land announced the 2020 Travel Award winners: Dr. Cynthia Isley, Ms. Tzu-Hsin Karen Chen and Ms. Rebecca Riggs.

Land announced the 2019 Best Paper Awards Winners:

Article:

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs), Aichi Target 11 and Canada’s Pathway to Target 1: Focusing Conservation on Reconciliation (doi: 10.3390/land8010010)

Agricultural Expansion in the Brazilian Cerrado: Increased Soil and Nutrient Losses and Decreased Agricultural Productivity (doi: 10.3390/land8010012)

Review:

Understanding Land in the Context of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: A Brief History of Land in Economics (doi: 10.3390/land8010015)

Challenges and Opportunities of Social Media Data for SocioEnvironmental Systems Research (doi: 10.3390/land8070107)

 Land's CiteScore (2019 Scopus data) was 2.80.

Land received its first Impact Factor: 2.429, which ranks 58th out of 123 (Q2) in the category 'Environmental Studies (SSCI).

Three new sections were established in Land: Landscape Archaeology, Landscape Architecture and Land Use Planning/Land Planning.

Land became an affiliated journal of the European Land-use Institute (ELI).

2021

Land's CiteScore (2020 Scopus data) was 3.0, which equals the rank of 60/177 (Q2) in "Nature and Landscape Conservation" and 138/400 (Q2) in "Ecology".

Land has received the new Impact Factor: 3.395, which ranks 57th out of 125 (Q2) in the category "Environmental Studies (SSCI)".

Land became an affiliated journal of the Landscape Institute (LI).

Five new sections were established in Land: Land, Biodiversity, and Human Wellbeing; Land Environmental and Policy Impact Assessment; Land Innovations – Data and Machine Learning; Water, Energy, Land and Food (WELF) Nexus; Land – Observation and Monitoring

We launched the first virtual conference in November, 2021. The 1st International Electronic Conference on Land: Towards Land System Science will take place virtually on 17–19 May 2022.

Land received an updated Impact Factor of 3.398, which ranks 56th out of 125 (Q2) in the category 'Environmental Studies (SSCI)'.

2022 Land became an affiliated journal of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Land's CiteScore (2021 Scopus data) was 3.2, which means it is ranked 65/192 (Q2) in "Nature and Landscape Conservation", 161/437 (Q2) in "Ecology", and 55/109 (Q2) in "Global and Planetary Change".
Land received an increased impact factor of 3.905, which ranks it 56th out of 127 (Q2) in the category of “Environmental Studies (SSCI)”.

Editors-in-Chief

20 March 2012–17 August 2021 Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Andrew Millington
18 August 2021–present Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst

Section Editors-in-Chief

2019–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Ward Anseeuw for Section on Socio-Economic and Political Aspects of Contemporary and Historical Land Issues
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Erle C. Ellis for Section on Land Systems and Global Change
Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Saskia Keesstra for Section on Soil-Sediment-Water Systems
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Audrey L. Mayer for Section on Landscape Ecology
2020–present

Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Haase for Section on Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst for Section on Landscape Ecology
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Heiko Balzter for Section on Land–Climate Interactions

2021–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Thomas Panagopoulos for Section on Landscape Architecture
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Le Yu for Section on Land Systems and Global Change
Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Hossein Azadi for Section on Socio-Economic and Political Aspects of Contemporary and Historical Land Issues
Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Chuanrong Zhang for Section on Land Innovations – Data and Machine Learning
Section Editor-in-Chief:
Dr. Sean Sloan for Section on Land, Biodiversity, and Human Wellbeing
2022–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Burkhard for Section on Landscape Ecology
Section Editor-in-Chief
: Dr. Francecsa Cigna for Section on Landscape Archaeology
Section Editor-in-Chief
: Prof. Dr. Paul Aplin for Section on Land – Observation and Monitoring
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