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Newsletter No. 7, December 2022
Dear Editors and Editorial Board members,
Dear reviewers and authors,
Dear colleagues,
Before the end of this year and thus when the third volume of VCS comes to an end we
would like to share some news on journal development with you. If you have ideas how to
make VCS more attractive to authors and/or readers, please get into touch with us.
Enjoy reading!
Jürgen Dengler, Idoia Biurrun, Florian Jansen & Wolfgang Willner
(Chief Editors)
Table of contents
VCS now with CiteScoreTracker of Scopus .............................................................................................................. 1
Bibliometric performance of VCS papers ................................................................................................................ 2
Call for papers & exemption from APCs .................................................................................................................. 4
Articles of the first three quarters of 2022 ............................................................................................................. 5
Editors’ Choices of 2022/I to 2022/III ..................................................................................................................... 6
Special collections ................................................................................................................................................... 6
VCS now with CiteScoreTracker of Scopus
From early 2022 onwards, VCS has been included in Scopus, the largest bibliometric database
of the world. Since recently it is also listed in the online searchable (OA) database of the 44,034
journals in Scopus. As such, it receives a CiteScoreTracker, which is a monthly updated meas-
ure of bibliometric performance. In June 2023, VCS then will receive its first “full” CiteScore,
and hopefully also be included in the Web of Science Core collection.
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Fig. 1. CiteScoreTracker for VCS on 17 December 2022 (
It is also up to you: the more you submit good manuscripts to VCS, the more you cite VCS
papers in your own publications, the higher the chance of inclusion in the Web of Science and
the higher will be the CiteScore and Impact Factor.
Bibliometric performance of VCS papers
If you would like to know which are currently the most cited or most-downloaded papers from
VCS, you have two options.
In Google Scholar you check at
thuser=1&user=XsKKBm0AAAAJ which are the most-cited VCS papers so far:
Fig. 2. VCS on Google Scholar in December 2022 (
By the way: you can also add “vegetation classification” to your five possible research topics
in Google Scholar to appear together with VCS and the main VCS editors and authors.
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Fig. 3. Topic “vegetation classification” on Google Scholar in December 2022 (
On the VCS website, since a while you can filter for the most downloaded articles of the past
12 months (
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Fig. 4. Most accessed VCS articles of the past 12 months in December 2022 (https://vcs.pen-
Call for papers & exemption from APCs
For the success of VCS it is highly crucial that many people, but particularly our Chief Editors,
Associate Editors, Guest Editors and Editorial Review Board members submit their own good
manuscripts. Among all scientists, you should be convinced that VCS will become a successful
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To support your submissions while we are still waiting for the first Impact Factor, IAVS has
agreed to extend its subsidies of article processing charges (APCs) until mid-2023. This means
that manuscripts with a first author who is IAVS members will be completely exempt from
these APCs if the original submissions happens until 30 June 2023. So please use the remain-
ing 6.5 months to take advantage of this opportunity and at the same time to help VCS. Please
note that those IAVS members among you who have university or national funds to cover APCs
are kindly asked to use them instead of letting IAVS pay for them.
Articles of the first three quarters of 2022
In the first three quarters of 2022, VCS has published 16 articles of various types and from
almost all continents:
Volume 3, 1st quarter
Dengler, J., Biurrun, I., Jansen, F. & Willner, W. 2022. Vegetation Classification and Survey: development and
diversification. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 15.
Guarino, R., Guccione, M. & Gillet, F. 2022. Plant communities, synusiae and the arithmetic of a sustainable clas-
sification. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 713.
Luebert, F. & Pliscoff, P. 2022. The vegetation of Chile and the EcoVeg approach in the context of the International
Vegetation Classification project. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 1528.
Comer, P.J., Hak, J.C., Dockter, D. & Smith, J. 2022. Integration of vegetation classification with land cover map-
ping: lessons from regional mapping efforts in the Americas. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 2943.
Alvarez, M. & Luebert, F. 2022. Chilean vegetation in the context of the Braun-Blanquet approach and a compar-
ison with EcoVeg formations. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 4552.
Montenegro, Hoyos, A., Vega, N. & Linares-Palomino, R. 2022. Plant diversity and structure in desert communi-
ties of the Andean piedmont in Ica, Peru. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 5366.
Świerkosz, K. & Reczyńska, K. 2022. Diversity of Mulgedio-Aconitetea communities in the Sudetes Mts. (SW Po-
land) in the Central European context. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 6786.
Volume 3, 2nd quarter
Wells, A.F., Swingley, C.S., Ives, S.L., McNown, R.W. & Dissing, D. 2022. Vegetation classification for northwestern
Arctic Alaska using an EcoVeg approach: tussock tundra and low and tall willow groups and alliances. Vege-
tation Classification and Survey 3: 87117.
Argagnon, O., De Barros, G. & Noble, V. 2022. SIMETHIS-Flore-CBNMed - Database of Southeastern France veg-
etation. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 119120.
Liu, C., Qiao, X., Guo, K., Zhao, L. & Pan, Q. 2022. Vegetation classification of Stipa steppes in China, with reference
to the International Vegetation Classification. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 121144.
Volume 3, 3rd quarter
Rodríguez-Guitián, M.A. & Amigo Vazquez, J. 2022. Proposal (29) to conserve the name Omphalodo nitidae-
Coryletum avellanae Amigo, G. Azcárate et Romero 1994 with a conserved type. Vegetation Classifica-
tion and Survey 3: 145148.
Nowak, A., Biurrun, I., Janišová, M. & Dengler, J. 2022. Classification of grasslands and other open vegeta-
tion types in the Palaearctic Introduction to the Special Collection. Vegetation Classification and Survey
3: 149159.
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Hunter, J.T., Lewis, D., Addicott, E., Luxton, S., Cowie, I., Sparrow, B. & Leitch, E. 2022. A plot-based analysis
of the vegetation of the Northern Territory, Australia: a first assessment within the International Vege-
tation Classification framework. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 161174.
Golovanov, Y. & Abramova, L. 2022. Database of anthropogenic vegetation of Urals and adjacent territories.
Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 175176.
Alessi, N., Bruzzaniti, V., Buldrini, F., Centomo, E., Cervellini, M., Enea, M., Landi, S., Lelli, C., Montanari, I.,
Nascimbene, J., Pezzi, G., Virzí, G., Zannini, P. & Chiarucci, A. 2022. AMS-VegBank: a new database of
vegetation plots for the Italian territory. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 187189.
Loidi, J., Amigo, J., Bueno, A., Herrera, M. & Rodríguez-Guitián, M.A. 2022. Proposal (30) to conserve the
name Polysticho setiferi-Fraxinetum excelsioris (Tüxen et Oberdorfer 1958) Rivas-Martínez ex Díaz et
Fernández Prieto 1994 with a conserved type. Vegetation Classification and Survey 3: 187189.
Editors’ Choices of 2022/I to 2022/III
From the articles published in each quarter, the Chief Editors select one contribution that is
prototypic for the articles we would like to publish in our journal. These Editors’ Choice articles
are highlighted on the journal website with a News item and a banner as well as in the vegsci-
blog. Moreover, from the four Editors’ Choices of a year, we will select one paper for the Edi-
tors’ Award. Finally, the cover illustrations of the volume 3 (2022) will be composed from pho-
tos/figures related to the winning article(s).
The Editors’ Choice of the first quarter goes to Alvarez & Luebert (2022), who provided a nice
crosswalk of the vegetation types of Chile according to the Braun-Blanquet approach vs. the
EcoVeg approach. The Editors’ Choice of the second quarter goes to Liu et al. (2022) for
providing one of the hitherto few plot-based classifications of Chinese vegetation in an inter-
national journal. The Editors’ Choice of the third quarter was awarded to Alessi et al. (2022)
for an exemplary Long Database Report of a new plot database.
Special collections
In mid-2022 we concluded the first Special Collection of VCS on “Special Collection 'Classifi-
cation of grasslands and other open vegetation types in the Palaearctic” with nine contribu-
tions (see Nowak et al. 2022). Likewise, the Special Collection “The "International Vegetation
Classification" initiative: case studies, syntheses, and perspectives on ecosystem diversity
around the globe” is close to be finished with hitherto eight published articles.
Two Special Collections with two Regional Sections of IAVS are ongoing. In the Special Collec-
tion “African Vegetation Studies”, one article is already published, while five are in the peer-
review process. In the Special Collection “Neotropical vegetation”, one article is published
while two are in the peer-review process.
For the joint Special Collection of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) and the IAVS Re-
gional Section Asia on “Grasslands of Asia” the call for contributions is still open. Abstracts
can be proposed to until 31 January 2023. After positive eval-
uation of the abstract, the full papers then can be submitted until 30 April 2023.
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VCS is eager to launch further Special Collections as these are an attractive format for authors,
readers and the journal as the publication inside a Special Collections generally increases
visibility and citation rates compared to “regular” articles. Thus, we invite you to propose new
Special Collections within the overall scope of VCS. Such Special Collections can be organised
within the framework of an IAVS subgroup, in conjunction with a conference or inde-
pendently. If interested, please consult to discuss details.
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: The association Polysticho setiferi-Fraxinetum excelsioris was described as a meso-eutrophic thermophilic forest dominated by common oak ( Quercus robur ) with a distribution that includes the Oviedo district in Asturias and the Basque-Cantabrian area (N Spain and SW France). However, when a lectotype was chosen to comply with Article 19 of the ICPN, a relevé dominated by beech was selected, which leads to interpretive problems. Given that the most widespread interpretation of this association in the phytosociological literature is the one established by its original authors (i.e., a meso-eutrophic oak-ash forest), we consider that this name should be retained, but its type should be changed to a conserved neotypus according to Article 53 of the 4 th edition of the ICPN. (30) Polysticho setiferi-Fraxinetum excelsioris (Tüxen et Oberdorfer 1958) Rivas-Martínez ex Díaz et Fernández Prieto 1994 Typus: see below (typus cons. propos.) Taxonomic reference : Castroviejo et al. (1986–2021). Syntaxonomic reference : Rivas-Martínez (2011). Abbreviations : ICPN = International Code of Phytosociological Nomenclature.
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The importance of collection, storage and exchange of georeferenced vegetation plot-based data has significantly grown in the recent decades, because of the new potentialities offered by ecoinformatics. In this article we introduce the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna vegetation database (AMS-VegBank; GIVD code EU-IT-021) compiling 17,505 georeferenced vegetation-plot observations within a time span of 90 years. This database includes 337,799 occurrence data of vascular plant species, belonging to many different habitat types. The historical relevance of the presented database is highlighted by the presence of some of the most ancient vegetation-plot observations in Europe (years 1930–1938). The geographic coverage of the database is mostly for Italian territory but it includes also data from other countries. The thematic focuses represented in the database are various, such as small Mediterranean islands, the Dolomite Mountains and the Italian National Parks. The large amount of historical plots available for the country not previously included in existing databases, combined with the constant action to improve the georeferencing of existing data and the addition of new data, highlight the uniqueness of this database. AMS-VegBank represents thus an important tool for studying plant biodiversity within the context of continental and global vegetation plot databases. Taxonomic reference : All plant names reported in this article follow the nomenclature by Pignatti et al. (2017–2019). Abbreviations : EVA = European Vegetation Archive; GIVD = Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases.
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The Database of anthropogenic vegetation of Urals and adjacent territories (GIVD ID 00-RU-008) includes 4,327 vegetation plots of anthropogenic vegetation from 3 regions of the Russian Federation (the Republic of Bashkortostan, Orenburg, Chelyabinsk regions) and 1 region of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Aktobe region). All relevés were made between 1984 and 2021 AD. 1865 vegetation plots are from different literature sources (28 sources), 2462 are unpublished relevés from the authors. 94% of the relevés are geo-referenced. The ecological conditions were assessed by the use of average Landolt indicator values. The taxonomy of vascular species is given according to Cherepanov (1995). The vegetation plots in the database belong to nine vegetation classes. 7 anthropogenic ( Sisymbrietea , Digitario sanguinalis-Eragrostietea minoris , Polygono-Poetea annuae , Artemisietea vulgaris , Epilobietea angustifolii , Bidentetea , Robinietea ) and 2 semi-natural phytosociological classes: Molinio-Arrhenatheretea (anthropogenically transformed meadows, lawns, etc. of the union Cynosurion cristati Tx. 1947.) and Festuco-Brometea (anthropogenically transformed steppe communities found within human settlements). Vegetation plots include also invasive species ( Acer negundo , Ambrosia trifida , Echinocystis lobata , Impatiens glandulifera , Solidago canadensis , Solidago gigantea , Heracleum sosnowskyi , Hordeum jubatum , Xanthium albinum etc.).
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Aims : To develop an interim classification of the vegetation of the Northern Territory at the International Vegetation Classification (IVC) division (level 4) and macrogroup (level 5) levels. These types are produced to assist in the development of an integrated nationwide plot and floristically based classification of Australia allowing integration within a global perspective. Study Area : The Northern Territory of Australia covers an area of 1.42 million square kilometres, almost 20% of Australia’s land mass. It comprises three distinct climatic zones including tropical, subtropical and arid vegetation types. Methods : We used collated vegetation data held by two organisations: the Northern Territory Government, Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (a total of 45,710 plots used). We applied semi-supervised quantitative classification methods to define vegetation types at the IVC division and macrogroup levels. Analyses used kR-CLUSTER methods on presence/absence data. Macrogroups were characterised by taxa with the highest frequency of occurrence across plots. Additional analyses were conducted (cluster) to elucidate interrelationships between macrogroups and to assist in the assessment of division level typology. Results : We propose 21 macrogroups and place these within higher thematic levels of the IVC. Conclusions : We found that the IVC hierarchy and associated standard procedures and protocols provide a useful classification tool for Australian ecosystems. The divisions and macrogroups provide a valid framework for subsequent analysis of Northern Territory vegetation types at the detailed levels of the IVC. A consistent typology for the Northern Territory (and hopefully in future, for all of Australia) has numerous benefits, in that they can be used for various applications using a well-structured, systematic and authoritative description and classification that is placed in a continental and global context, readily enabling the one system to be used in studies from the local to global level. Taxonomic reference : Northern Territory Herbarium (2022). Abbreviations : DVT = Definitive Vegetation Type; IVC = International Vegetation Classification; nMDS = non-metric multidimensional scaling; NT = Northern Territory; NTVSD = Northern Territory Vegetation Site Database; NVIS = National Vegetation Information System; WA = Western Australia.