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Journal overview

The Journal of Land Use Science provides a central outlet for high-quality articles on theoretical and empirical aspects of land-use science at the interface of social and environmental systems. The Journal brings together an array of research perspectives at multiple temporal, spatial and social scales that contribute a better understanding of land-system dynamics and communicate scientific advances towards attaining land-system sustainability.


This journal has a critical role to play for the land-use community. Contributions range from conceptual and theoretical interventions to policy-related analyses, and from empirical case studies to cross-site comparisons, continental and global analyses. All manuscripts should be of interest to a broad readership beyond a specific case-study location. The Journal of Land Use Science features scholarship stemming from geography, economics, sociology, forestry, environmental sciences and other disciplines that have 'land' as a central theme in the study of coupled human–natural systems. We affirm our commitment to retaining the niche of the Journal of Land Use Science as the best outlet for interdisciplinary research on land-use systems.

For a more-detailed account of the issues to be addressed by the Journal of Land Use Science see:
Müller, D. & D.K. Munroe (2014). Current and future challenges in land-use science. Journal of Land Use Science, 9(2): 133-142.


Debates is a periodic section that provides timely commentaries on current debates in land-use science. These papers should present a strong position on an issue supported by evidence.

Peer Review Statement

Journal of Land Use Science is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research contributions to scientific knowledge. All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors and by selected Editorial Board members. If found suitable for further consideration, a manuscript is subject to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double blind and submission is online via ScholarOne.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

*Please note that Journal of Land Use Science converted to a full Open Access journal from Volume 18 (2022). Archive content published between 1997-2021 is free to access. From 2022 the Print ISSN is not in active use as this journal is no longer published in print.

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