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Springer partners with Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Science Press

New journal strengthens Springer's ecology and geography portfolio


As of January 2013 Springer will publish the Journal of Arid Land, the official publication of the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The quarterly peer-reviewed journal joins Springer's Chinese Library of Science, a collection of more than 90 high-quality research journals from China.

The journal is co-sponsored by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Science Press. Starting with Volume 5, Issue 1, the Journal of Arid Land will be published jointly by Springer and Science Press.

Launched in 2009 and indexed by Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) in 2011, the Journal of Arid Land provides a platform for high-quality research papers from all over the world in the fields of geography, geology, pedology, hydrology, biology, ecology and meteorology in arid and semiarid regions. It publishes articles on the interactions between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere with a special focus on ecological improvement and protection of the environment.

Professor Xi Chen, Director of the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Arid Land, said, "We are glad to collaborate with Springer on this journal. We believe that the partnership will improve communication among ecologists, geographers and resources- environmental researchers and enhance the impact of the journal internationally."

Dr. Lu Ye, Editorial Director at Springer's Beijing office, said, "Springer has a broad range of journals in geosciences. We publish most of the high-quality English-language journals in earth sciences from China. We are honored that the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, the CAS and Science Press have chosen to work with us. Our online information platform SpringerLink will help disseminate the journal to a global audience."


The Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography is located in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. It carries out research in ecological processes of oases and the development of oasis agriculture, evolution of desert environments and rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems, and sustainable utilization of natural resources and regional development. XIEG is dedicated to fostering regional cooperation in science and technology and bringing the level of scientific research in Central Asia to new heights.

Science Press (China Science Publishing & Media Ltd.) is the largest comprehensive STM publishing house in China and the publishing arm of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It publishes more than 270 academic journals and roughly 9,000 books every year. In the science, technology, medicine and education fields, Science Press produces more than 10 percent of the book market share in China.

Springer Science+Business Media is a leading global scientific publisher, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content via innovative information products and services. Springer is also a trusted local-language publisher in Europe - especially in Germany and the Netherlands - primarily for physicians and professionals working in the automotive, transport and healthcare sectors. Roughly 2,000 journals and more than 7,000 new books are published by Springer each year, and the group is home to the world's largest STM eBook collection, as well as the most comprehensive portfolio of open access journals. Springer employs more than 7,000 individuals across the globe and in 2011 generated sales of approximately EUR 875 million.

Journal of Arid Land ISSN: 1674-6767 (print version), 2194-7783 (electronic version)

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