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Journal of Arid Land (English)

   The Journal of Arid Land (JAL) is an international journal (ISSN 1674-6767 (print version), 2194-7783 (electronic version); CN 65-1278/K) for the natural sciences, sponsored by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Science Press and China Society of Natural Resources. It is published by Science Press and Springer. JAL is a bimonthly journal with 6 issues per year.

In July 2011, all issues of JAL were selected to be included in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E) and Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences (CC/AB&ES) (website: www.isiknowledge.com). According to the ISI Journal Citation Reports, the impact factor of JAL in 2019 is 1.899. JAL has also been abstracted or indexed internationally by Scopus, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience Abstracts (CAB Abstracts), VINITI Abstracts Journal (РЖ), Index Copernicus (IC), Cambridge Science Abstract (CSA), Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (UPD) and JST. JAL is embodied by Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD), China Scientific and Technical Papers and Citations Database (CSTPCD) and China Academic Journals Integrated Online Database. JAL is currently available online at jal.xjegi.com and www.spriger.com/40333.

The journal covers such topics as the dynamics of natural resources (including water, soil and land, organism and climate), the security and sustainable development of natural resources, and the environment and the ecology in arid and semi-arid lands, especially in Central Asia. Coverage extends to interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere, and relationships between these natural processes and human activities. Also discussed are patterns of geography, ecology and environment; ecological improvement and environmental protection; and regional responses and feedback mechanisms. The journal presents reviews, brief communications, trends and book reviews.

? Presents original, innovative research from arid and semiarid regions, addressing geography, geology, pedology, hydrology, biology, ecology and meteorology

? Explores the past, present and future of the natural and human landscapes in arid and semi-arid lands, especially those in Central Asia

? Serves as a forum for discussion among researchers from different disciplines and regions

The following types of manuscripts are considered for peer-reviewed publication in JAL.

Research Articles: Before writing a manuscript, author(s) should refer to the latest research results from the world to ensure manuscripts reach an international and advanced level. All articles must report original, innovative and complete results. Generally, research articles (including figures and tables) should not exceed 18 printed pages with an abstract of 300 to 500 words.  

Review Articles: Summarize progress in core scientific disciplines, detail the research status, and include suggestions for future studies. The author(s) must be familiar with the topic and have several years of relevant research experience. Review articles should not exceed 20 pages.

Reports: Report novel and innovative findings in natural sciences. Manuscripts of this type should be short (not exceed 10 pages) with a brief abstract.

News items: Report important scientific news, information, and academic affairs, including the introduction and commentary of recent outstanding monographs, as well as significant international conferences held in China.

The JAL Editorial Board is composed of more than sixty world-renowned experts and scholars, of which 48% are foreign scientists. Since JAL was founded in 2009, scientists and researchers have contributed work from arid and semiarid areas in the world. Articles submitted to JAL must be peer-reviewed based strictly on speciality and language. Language revisions are administered by professional English editors.

JAL's audience includes technical and scientific researchers and scholars specific to arid and semiarid regions, as well as university professors and students studying geography, geology, pedology, hydrology, biology, ecology and meteorology.

Scientists and researchers are welcomed to submit original manuscripts with high theoretical value, new research methods and global application to JAL.


Chief Editor

Prof. Dr. CHEN, Xi (Xinjiang Branch of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, China)

Executive Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Dr. YU, Ruide (Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, China)


Contact information:

Address: The Editorial Office of Journal of Arid Land, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, 818 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang, China

Tel: +86-991-7827352

Fax: +86-991-7827335

Email: xjjal@ms.xjb.ac.cn

Website: http://jal.xjegi.com 



Regional Sustainability (English)

   Regional Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access journal publishing high-quality articles in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary subjects relating to sustainability. The journal advances our understanding of the sustainability dimensions of environmental protection, economic development and social development from local to global scales. It publishes theoretical and experimental research papers on resources exploitation and utilization, urbanization and regional sustainable development, urbanization and informatization, man-land relationship and regional differential, population migration and society transformation, and spatial layout and optimization of human activity.

Regional Sustainability provides a platform for researchers to explore the relationships among environment, economy and society. The journal publishes research that works towards the goal of achieving human-ecosystem equilibrium in which the exploitation of resources and the orientation of development are in harmony and do not destroy or degrade the natural environment.

Launched in 2020, the journal releases 4 issues per year, covering full-length articles/research papers, review articles, short communications, editorials and short reviews. Occasional special issues provide in-depth discussion of contemporary issues. We welcome all original, innovative, and integrative submissions that make contributions to the theories and methods related to regional sustainability.




Open Access:

Every peer-reviewed research article appearing in this journal will be published open access. This means that the article is universally and freely accessible via the internet in perpetuity, in an easily readable format immediately after publication. The journal is currently free to the authors and readers. The author does not have any publication charges for open access. Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences will pay to make the article open access currently. Authors who require more information, please contact the editorial office [e-mail: regsus@ms.xjb.ac.cn].


Chief Editors

Prof. Dr. ZHANG, Yuanming (Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, China)

Prof. Dr. WELP, Martin (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany)

Executive Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Dr. YU, Ruide (Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, China)



Address: The Editorial Office of Regional Sustainability, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, 818 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang, China

Tel: +86-991-7827334

Fax: +86-991-7827335

E-mail: regsus@ms.xjb.ac.cn

Website: www.editorialmanager.com/regsus; regsus.xjegi.com



Arid Land Geography(Chinese)

Arid Land Geography is an academic journal sponsored by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences and The Geographical Society of China. It was initially published in 1978 with the name of Xinjiang Geography. It became a quarterly journal in 1982 and adopted the present name in 1985. It has been chosen by Chinese Science Citation Database, Chinese Science and Technology Abstracts (CSTA) Database (English Edition), Chinese Journal Database, China Journal Network as core information source magazine. It also entered the list of foreign database such as CAB, AGRIS, AGECONCO, PLANT GENE, CAB HEALTH, GeoRef as a citation journal. It was adopted by Science Press as one of its hundreds of academic periodicals in 1996. Its distributed by Urumqi Post Office at home and China International Book Trading Corporation abroad (P.O. Box 339, Beijing, China, Distribution Code: Q4557).



The main academic contents of Arid Land Geography include the new theories, technologies, methods and achievements in geography of the arid region, particularly in the fields of physical geography, human geography, regional geography, natural resource exploitation and utilization, environment evolution, disaster prevention and control meteorology and climatology in arid area.

The aim of the journal is to promote academic exchange at home and aboard and to set up the forum for prospering and developing geography of arid land.


Service Object

Readers of the journal are geographical scientists, teachers in Universities and high schools and other professionals in related fields.



Address: The Editorial Office of Arid Land Geography, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, 818 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang, China

Tel: +86-991-7827350

E-mail: aridlg@ms.xjb.ac.cn

Website: http://alg.xjegi.com 



Arid Zone Research(Chinese)


Arid Zone Research (AZR), founded in 1984, is a bimonthly academic Chinese journal (ISSN1001-4675, CN65-1095/X) with 6 issues per year. The journal is superintended by Chinese Academy of Sciences, jointly sponsored by Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Soil Science Society of China, and published by Science Press.



'Arid Zone Research' adheres to the purpose of serving readers, authors, and promoting the development of disciplines as the core, and strives to improve the quality and grade of journal. The journal expands academic exchanges with the Central Asia countries, and has a purposeful plan to establish special column in arid regions of Central Asia. 'Arid Zone Research' timely disseminated the latest scientific and technological achievements at domestic and overseas. The journal will carry forward the original academic spirit, take the 'scientific discovery priority' as the highest goal, give priority to the publication of high-quality original academic papers, and adhere to the principle of 'controlling the quality, publish quality articles'.



The journal publishes innovative research papers, monographs and reviews, research methods and application of new technologies of arid areas of water, soil, biology, climate and environment. We also publish academic discussions and debates, academic trends at domestic and overseas, introduction of new books in arid areas.

The journal focusing on the global changes in arid zone response, inland water cycle and water resources, adaptation to climate change in fragile ecosystems in arid regions, oasis ecosystem construction, oasis discipline development, and other basic scientific issues in arid regions, and the achievements of desert transformation and utilization.



The journal focusing on the connotation construction, paying close attention to the adjustment of national economic policies and the project approval of major science and technology projects. Arid Zone Research will timely analyze the hot topics, check the reserve situation of manuscripts that fit the hot spots, and set up columns from a unique perspective. And actively organize expert writing. The journal has successively opened such columns as 'expert forum', 'academician forum', 'Tarim River basin', 'Oasis sustainable development', 'Central Asia ecology and environment', 'Pan-third pole environment and green silk road'.


Service Object

The readers of this journal are scientific and educational workers, science and technology management personnel, graduate students and university students in the fields of biology, ecology, geology, hydrology, meteorology, agricultural science, and environmental protection.



Address: The Editorial Office of Arid Zone Research, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, 818 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang, China

Tel: +86-991-7827349

E-mail: azr@ms.xjb.ac.cn

Website: http://azr.xjegi.com/