Having succeeded the historical journals of the Italian Society of Vegetation Science (Società Italiana di Scienza della Vegetazione): Fitosociologia (1990-2011) and Notiziario della Societa Italiana di Fitosociologia (1964-1989), the open-access, peer-reviewed international journal Plant Sociology undergoes another major transformation by moving to the technologically advanced ARPHA Platform, after signing with the scholarly publisher and technology provider Pensoft.
With a wide scope covering vegetation studies from plant community to landscape level, Plant Sociology puts a special focus on topics such as Plant Sociology and vegetation survey for developing ecological models, as well as plant classification, monitoring, assessment, management and conservation, as long as the studies are based on rigorous and quantitative measures of physical and biological components.
Amongst the first newly published papers is an article by a team from the University of L'Aquila, which reports on two years of observations of the vegetation dynamics at the Gran Sasso - Monti della Laga National Park in central Italy, after the protected area suffered from an accidental fire of anthropogenic origin in 2017. With their study, the researchers aim to determine the potential of the Sentinel-2 satellite as a tool to measure, identify and monitor the short-term response of vegetation in a peculiar mountainous landscape.
Another new publication presents a phytosociological survey on the weed vegetation of two crops of Protected Designation of Origin: the bean "Fagiolo Cannellino di Atina" and the red pepper "Peperone di Pontecorvo" - both growing exclusively within a few hundreds of square kilometres in the Province of Frosinone (central Italy), conducted at four selected farms by researchers at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Thanks to the Pensoft's signature open-access scholarly publishing platform ARPHA, Plant Sociology demonstrates a complete makeover, including a modern and user-friendly interface in addition to a long list of high-tech perks, meant to ensure that published articles are easy to discover, access, cite and reuse by both humans and machines all over the world.
Furthermore, all users of the journal's system: authors, editors and reviewers alike, are to greatly benefit from ARPHA's integrated approach to the publication process. This means that once submitted each manuscript goes through the whole cycle: from review and copy/layout editing to publication, dissemination and archiving without leaving ARPHA's collaboration-focused online environment.
Plant Sociology has a completely renewed Editorial board, which sees Daniela Gigante from the University of Perugia in the role of Editor-in-Chief, and Simonetta Bagella (University of Sassari), Gianni Bacchetta (University of Cagliari) and Daniele Viciani (University of Florence) as Co-editors. The Editorial board is complemented by a Consultant editor and an Editorial secretary (respectively, Edoardo Biondi and Diana Galdenzi, both from the Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona). A large, international Editorial team includes 35 members with specific skills and long-dated expertise in various fields related to vegetation science. A dedicated Social media team takes care of the dissemination of the journal.
"At the Plant Sociology's Editorial board, we are looking with great expectations to the cooperation with Pensoft, certain that the publisher's skills and experience will support the journal in its growth and consolidation as an international reference point for vegetation science studies," says Editor-in-Chief Dr Daniela Gigante.
"It's delightful to have the Italian Society of Vegetation Science putting their trust in us with their signature journal. With our strong background in scholarly publishing, technology development and open science practices, I am certain that we are to provide the right venue for a high-quality and enterprising journal like Plant Sociology," says ARPHA's and Pensoft's founder and CEO Prof. Lyubomir Penev.
About the Italian Society of Vegetation Science (Societa Italiana di Scienza della Vegetazione, S.I.S.V.)
The Italian Society of Vegetation Science (SISV) was born in 2006 as a transformation of the Società Italiana di Fitosociologia (SIF), founded on March 7, 1964 at the Botanical Institute of the "La Sapienza" University of Rome, on the initiative of a group of researchers, on the proposal of Valerio Giacomini, who was also its first President.
The fundamental purposes of SISV are to:
- promote and encourage geobotanical and, more precisely, phytosociological research;
- stimulate collaboration in these research fields on both national and international level;
- cooperate with institutions and people interested in nature protection, in particular for the study of vegetation in protected areas and for the conservation and recovery of phytocoenosis in a state of degradation or in danger of extinction;
- promote and coordinate the phytosociological research in Italy, in order to reach a better knowledge of the vegetation types present in Italy and the dynamic and spatial relationships between them.
ARPHA is the first end-to-end, narrative- and data-integrated publishing solution that supports the full life cycle of a manuscript, from authoring to reviewing, publishing and dissemination. ARPHA provides accomplished and streamlined production workflows that can be customized according to the journal's needs. The platform enables a variety of publishing models through a number of options for branding, production and revenue models to choose from.
Pensoft is an independent academic publishing company, well-known worldwide for its innovations in the field of semantic publishing, as well as for its cutting-edge publishing tools and workflows. In 2013, Pensoft launched the first ever end to end XML-based authoring, reviewing and publishing workflow, as demonstrated by the Pensoft Writing Tool (PWT) and the Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ), now upgraded to the ARPHA Publishing Platform. Flagship titles include: Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO), One Ecosystem, ZooKeys, Biodiversity Data Journal, PhytoKeys, MycoKeys and many more.
Prof. Lyubomir Penev, founder and CEO at ARPHA and Pensoft
Dr. Daniela Gigante, Editor-in-Chief of Plant Sociology