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GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society

GAIA is a peer-reviewed inter- and transdisciplinary journal for scientists and other interested parties concerned with the causes and analyses of environmental and sustainability problems and their solutions.

GAIA has a quick turnaround and minimizes time from submission to publication.

GAIA has a proven record of high-quality articles, a well-established international reviewer network, and a reputation of academic excellence.

Articles published in GAIA are chosen for their scientific content as well as their ease of comprehension and significance to readers of various scientific disciplines.

GAIA is published in colour print and provides an exceptional opportunity to illustrate scientific work in the form of pictures, charts, or maps.

Articles in GAIA can be published in both English and German.

For long-term digital preservation, GAIA has been set up with LOCKSS and CLOCKSS.


Transdisciplinary Environmental Research • Sustainability Science • Global Change • Research Integration and Implementation • Sustainable Energy Systems, "Energiewende"  • Transformation /Transition Research • Sustainability in Higher Education • Ecosystem Services • Socio-Ecological Systems • Environmental Governance • Environmental Policy • Environmental Planning • Natural Resources Management • Biodiversity • Land Use (Change) • Protected Areas • Real-World Laboratories / Living Labs

GAIA encourages applying due care in interpreting the following bibliometric indicators. GAIA has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) pointing to flaws in the calculation and use of the Journal Impact Factor. GAIA would also like to point to the "Leiden manifesto for research metrics", which states ten principles to better guide research evaluation.


GAIA's Journal Impact Factor – measuring the total citation frequency – has increased to IF 1.875 (2018). Basis of the calculation are all journals listed in the Web of Science; GAIA is listed both in the Science Citation Index expanded (SCIE) and in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).

The 5-year Journal Impact Factor has improved to 2.215 (2018).

The SJR SCImago Journal Ranking – which provides a quantitative and qualitative measure of the journal's impact - is 0.43 (2018).

SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) is 0.78. SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field, using Scopus data.

The Eigenfactor – which rates the total importance of a scientific journal according to the number of incoming citations – is 0.000730 (2018).

GAIA's H-Index has improved to 25 (2018) – the measure expresses the number of GAIA articles (h) that have received at least h citations. It quantifies both GAIA's scientific productivity and scientific impact.

The CiteScore – the average citations per document in a 2 year period – has increased to 1.16 (2018).

Open Access and Copyright
GAIA follows the Green Road to Open Access: Authors can archive their article for free public use on personal websites and/or in any open access repository immediately after publication.

Articles in GAIA are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Under this license, anyone may access, copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited.


GAIA is indexed/abstracted in:
Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Science Citation Index (Web of Science), Current Contents - Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences, EBSCO, Scopus, GeoRef, CAB Abstracts, BIOSIS, CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), ULIDAT, Environment Index, SCImago, ProQuest, OCLC, Academic OneFile.

GAIA is a quarterly publication.

Shipping Dates 2019:

Issue 1/19: March 25
Issue 2/19: June 14
Special Issue Research for Sustainable Development Goals: August 12
Issue 3/19: October 23
Issue 4/19: December 28

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

GAIA recognizes its responsibilities in upholding ethical standards and pursues best practices in scholarly publishing. GAIA supports the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG) regarding Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice. GAIA also fully supports the Core Practices, Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). A selection of key points is provided in our Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement (in preparation).

GAIA will take all appropriate measures against publication malpractices, including alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.

GAIA is an ancient Greek word for the Earth
GAIA: The word Gaîa touches on a myth that affected the beginning of philosophy and science. "Mother Earth" is a formula for bearing and conceiving, giving and taking, up and down. A guarantor of the cycle of life, Gaîa represents the foundation of the law that is preliminary to human dispositions.

GAIA has been supported by: ETH Board | Branco Weiss † | Eawag | Altana AG | Heinz Nixdorf Stiftung | Velux Stiftung | Stiftung Sonnenwiese | Binding Stiftung | Ulrich Müller-Herold | Paul Schiller Stiftung

ISSN: 0940-5550

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