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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's Journal Impact Factor – measuring the total citation frequency – has increased to IF 1.750 (2017). 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 1.459 (2017).

The SJR SCImago Journal Ranking – which provides a quantitative and qualitative measure of the journal's impact - is 0.547 (2017).

SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) is 0.824. 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 – has increased to 0.000750 (2017).

GAIA's H-Index has improved to 22 (2017) – 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.

Finally, the CiteScore – the average citations per document in a 2 year period – is 0.92 (2017).

follows the Green Road to Open Access: Authors can archive a version of the article (PDF) for free public use on their personal or institutional websites and/or in their institutional repository.

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 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.


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


GAIA is indexed/abstracted in:
Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Science Citation Index, 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.

Articles in GAIA are published in both English and German.

GAIA is a quarterly publication.

Shipping Dates 2018:

Special Issue Real-world Labs: March 15
Issue 1/18: May 24
Issue 2/18: July 26
Issue 3/18: October 18
Issue 4/18: December 20

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.

ISSN: 0940-5550

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