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Conservation and Society
An interdisciplinary journal exploring linkages between society, environment and development
Conservation and Society
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Conservation and Society (www.conservationandsociety.org) is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary open access journal dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practice of conservation. The journal draws on both natural and social sciences and covers basic and applied research in areas including but not restricted to political ecology, environmental history, anthropology and sociology, human ecology, conservation policy and governance, human-wildlife conflicts, ecosystem structure and functioning, systematics, community and species ecology, behavioural ecology, landscape ecology, restoration ecology and conservation biology.

The journal publishes submitted and commissioned articles, debates and discussions, editorials, book reviews, comments and notes, and reader feedback. Conservation and Society is of interest to academics, researchers, teachers, naturalists, policy makers, planners and resource managers. It aims to serve as a bridge between conservation practitioners from a wide array of disciplines and therefore seeks to disseminate work presented in an integrative and simple manner that is accessible to individuals from disciplines ranging from the natural and social sciences to the humanities. The journal accepts articles addressing conservation issues the world over, with a focus on developing countries.

The journal has published several special sections in the last few years, including on: Re-placing Nature (Guest Editor: Ben Campbell), Conservation in Madagascar (Guest Editor: Jeffrey Kaufmann) Neoliberal Conservation (Guest Editors: Igoe and Brockington), Institutional Choice and Recognition in the Formation and Consolidation of Local Democracy (Ribot, Chattre, and Lankina), and an ongoing debate on relocation(Guest Editors: Mahesh Rangarajan and Ghazala Shahabuddin).

Conservation and Society is published Quarterly, and all articles are available online as PDF and html. We would like to encourage you to visit our website, consider submitting your work to the journal, and sign up as reviewers. Manuscripts can be submitted online at www.conservationandsociety.org.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is indexed with Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts, Caspur, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), DOAJ, EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ecology Abstracts, Expanded Academic ASAP, Genamics JournalSeek, Google Scholar, Health & Wellness Research Center, Health Reference Center Academic, Hinari, Human Population and the Environment Abstracts, Index Copernicus, Indian Science Abstracts, National Science Library, OpenJGate, PrimoCentral, ProQuest, Science Citation Index, SCOLOAR, SCOPUS, SIIC databases, Summon by Serial Solutions, Ulrich's International Periodical Directory and Web of Science

Impact Factor for 2014 is 1.644

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Medknow are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Conservation and Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary research in conservation and to foster communication among scientists, resource managers, educators and policy makers. Conservation and Society is the result of the sustained effort of unpaid editorial board members who determine policy and contribute their time and effort in taking the journal forward. The journal is published by Medknow Publications Pvt. Ltd., and managed by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, on behalf of an informal alliance of natural and social scientists to promote interdisciplinary research in conservation and to foster communication among scientists, resource managers, educators and policy makers.

Conservation and Society was recognised as having high impact in the recent Australian Research Council evaluations of scholarly publications. Conservation & Society has been included in Scopus.

A brief history of Conservation and Society

Conservation and Society came out of a conversation beginning in the late 1990s between leading ecologists and conservationists in India involving Kamal Bawa, Chiranjeev Bedi, Renee Borges, Uma Shaanker, Ravi Chellam, Gladwin Joseph, Ullas Karanth, Jagdish Krishnaswamy, Ajith Kumar, Sharad Lele, Mahesh Rangarajan, Vasant Saberwal, Anindya Sinha, and several others. The journal was launched in 2003 through Sage Publications with Kamal Bawa as Chief Editor and Vasant Saberwal as Executive Editor, ably supported by Amita Baviskar, R. Umashaanker, Mahesh Rangarajan, K. Sivaramakrishnan, Arun Agrawal and others. The journal has been supported financially by ATREE from 2003.

In 2005, the journal became open access under the Creative Commons License; Kartik Shanker (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) joined as the Executive Editor, and ATREE took over the publication of the journal. In 2009, Daniel Brockington, University of Manchester, UK, and Heather Goodall, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, became Editors of the journal, and were joined by Lisa Campbell, Duke University, USA, in 2011, and Bram Buscher, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 2012. Since 2009, Conservation and Society has been published by Medknow Publications and managed by ATREE.


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