Journal Information

Landscape Online is a self-published peer reviewed open access journal, associated to the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE). Publishing Editor is the German chapter IALE-D, supported by journal partners, the regional chapters IALE-Europe and IALE-North America and national chapters IALE-Chile, IALE-Denmark, SIEP-IALE Italy and ialeUK.  

Landscape Online is based on Open Journal Systems (OJS), developed by Public Knowledge Project (PKP), hosted by Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) at Freie Universität Berlin. All articles are registered with an individual DOI using CrossRef and preserved by the long-term archive system for digital information of the German National Library.

Landscape Online was founded in 2007, originating in the idea of a scholarly electronical journal 'of free access and available online' in the field of landscape ecology, to offer in particular young scholars 'an innovative platform for didactical sound and high quality multimedia presentations' and 'to support new innovations of presenting scientific results' (as cited from the first journal presentation). In the meanwhile the plattform has etablished with frequent publications, open for all landscape ecologists, other scientists and practitioners interested in landscape research to disseminate research of inter- and/or transdisciplinary approaches. Still, we keep tradition and promote young scholars. Therefore we provide support for first time publications, and the opportunity to participate in our 'tandem reviews', to enhance own scientific writing skills while learning the reviewer perspective. 

Open Access 

Since 2008 Landscape Online is listed in the The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) that covers open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. All articles published in Landscape Online are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the content, even commercially, as long as the original authors and source are cited. Besides, Landscape Online actively supports self-archiving and encourage authors to deposit their articles in a repository. 

Furthermore, Landscape Online is currently evaluating all processes and requirements to comply with Plan S, an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018,  by an international consortium of research funders with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC).

For detailed information please consult our Open Access Policies.

Ethical Guidelines and Scientific Standards

Landscape Online continuously evaluates and improves all processes to support the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and with regard to the ethical guidelines as recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

To meet scientific standard all articles need to undergo a double-blind peer-review process by at least two reviewers with scientific expertise in the field of concern. All manuscripts will automatically undergo a plagiarism check based on Crossref Similarity Check using iThenticate. The average acceptance rate of manuscript submissions in Landscape Online is about 40% - 62 accepted articles by a total of 155 received manuscripts (state January 2018). Detailed information on the review process including our reviewer appreciation you'll find here.