A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section “Land Systems and Global Change“.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024


Understanding the dynamics of vegetation and plant diversity trends is crucial amidst rapid urbanization and environmental change. As environments are modified and fragmented due to several drivers (e.g., urban expansion, climate change, invasive alien species), it is fundamental to comprehend how flora, vegetation and habitats respond to preserve environmental quality. In the context of global environmental changes, it is significant to analyze these fluctuations in their current state and across different spatial and temporal scales. Detecting changes and understanding the dynamics of vegetation cover is a major research challenge for contemporary societies. Improving knowledge about changes in vegetation cover in the landscape will allow territorial managers and political authorities to identify more rational and appropriate management methods.

The goal of this Special Issue is to collect papers (original research articles and review papers) to give insights into vegetation science, land use change and plant diversity analysis of specific case studies that cover different territories and spatial and temporal scales.

This Special Issue will welcome manuscripts that link (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Vegetation ecology;
  • Plant diversity;
  • Geobotany surveys;
  • Urban management;
  • Landscape panning;
  • Invasive plants;
  • Climate change effects on vegetation;
  • Habitat changes;
  • Mapping habitats.

    Guest Editors

    Dr. Gianmarco Tavilla
    Dr. Mauro André Maurício Raposo
    Prof. Dr. Carlos José Pinto Gomes
    Dr. Sandro Lanfranco


    Manuscript Submission Information


    Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

    Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

    Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.



    • climate changes
    • phytosociology
    • geobotany
    • vascular flora
    • plant chorology
    • plant biodiversity
    • alpha diversity
    • vegetation
    • invasive alien species
    • ecological data analysis