Freshwater Biology

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Edited By: Alan G. Hildrew and Colin R. Townsend

Impact Factor: 2.905

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 11/102 (Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2427


Special Issue: Freshwater Biodiversity and Conservation Planning
with accompanying Virtual Issue

Freshwater biodiversity is declining rapidly all around the world as a result of human activities that concentrated on rivers, lakes and wetlands and their catchments. Managers and policy-makers seek conservation solutions that will protect and improve biodiversity while minimizing costs and social impacts on users and inhabitants of the catchment.

Systematic conservation planning relies on a group of powerful quantitative tools to prioritize conservation actions and direct conservation efforts to places where the greatest gains can be achieved at the lowest cost. Although these tools have been widely and successfully used in terrestrial and marine settings, they have only recently been adapted to the freshwater realm, in part because freshwater ecosystems pose unique challenges.
This Special Issue presents eleven papers from leading experts on five continents, and deals with running waters, wetlands, and lakes and a variety of taxa, including fishes, plants and invertebrates. These papers show that a wide range of approaches in systematic conservation planning can successfully be adapted for use in freshwater systems. Focal topics in the Special Issue include optimal spatial prioritization, use of modern statistical techniques, multiple ways to include connectivity in conservation planning, applications to data-poor regions, use of coarse filter-fine filter approaches, use of biodiversity surrogates, hierarchical protection strategies and other cutting-edge ideas.
This Special Issue will interest conservation planners, water and catchment managers, freshwater biologists and ecologists and anyone interested in the conservation of freshwater biodiversity.

Virtual Issue Published
Commemorating 25 years of editing by Hildrew & Townsend, this online only Virtual Issue takes a look back over the highlights of their time with the journal. Read all the articles for free online. Read articles here.

Online Content Available Back to Volume 1
All back issues of this journal are available online.  For further information on how to access these issues please visit our Librarian Site.

Online Manuscript Submission Available - Average time from submission to first decision is just 35 days!
You can submit your manuscript to Freshwater Biology online, with through the ScholarOne manuscript submission website. The online manuscript submission and review process helps to lead to faster submission to first decision times and greater simplicity for authors and reviewers. Submit your best manuscript to Freshwater Biology.

Special Issues
Freshwater Biology publishes 2-3 themed issues each year which are available at the special single-issue price of £25 each. Visit the Special Issues page for more information.

Free Online Access in the Developing World
Access to this journal is available free online within institutions in the developing world through the AGORA Initiative with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the OARE Initiative (Online Access to Research in the Environment) with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Articles Published Online Ahead of Print
Articles which have been fully copy-edited and peer-reviewed are published online through our Early View feature before the print edition of this journal is published.