Journal of Vegetation Science

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Chief Editors: Alessandro Chiarucci, Valerio Pillar, with Milan Chytrý, Meelis Pärtel (Chair of the Editors)

Impact Factor: 3.151

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 3/66 (Forestry); 34/209 (Plant Sciences); 39/149 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1654-1103

Associated Title(s): Applied Vegetation Science

Most Accessed


Below you will find a list of the top accessed articles from the Journal of Vegetation Science during 2014 and 2015. These are free to access, so start reading some of our most popular articles.

Which is a better predictor of plant traits: temperature or precipitation? Angela T. Moles, Sarah E. Perkins, Shawn W. Laffan, et al.

Spatial scale resolves the niche versus neutral theory debate. Jonathan M. Chase.

Plant assemblages do not respond homogenously to local variation in environmental conditions: functional responses differ with species identity and abundance. Bright B. Kumordz, David A. Wardle and Grégoire T. Freschet.

Quantifying multimodal trait distributions improves trait-based predictions of species abundances and functional diversity. Daniel C. Laughlin, Chaitanya Joshi, Sarah J. Richardson, et al.

Between- and within-species trait variability and the assembly of sapling communities in forest patches. Marcos B. Carlucci, Vanderlei J. Debastiani, Valério D. Pillar and Leandro D. S. Duarte.

Native and exotic plant species respond differently to wildfire and prescribed fire as revealed by meta-analysis. Christina Alba, Hana Skálová, Kirsty F. McGregor, Carla D'Antonio and Petr Pyšek.

Vegetation patterns and their underlying processes: where are we now? Aveliina Helm, Rein Kalamees and Martin Zobel Special Feature Editors.

Do newcomers stick to the rules of the residents? Designing trait-based community assembly tests. Eva Breitschwerdt, Ute Jandt and Helge Bruelheide.

Plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) communities – which drives which? Martin Zobel and Maarja Öpik.

Long-term changes in composition, diversity and distribution patterns in four herbaceous plant communities along an elevational gradient. Gregory J. Sproull, Martin F. Quigley, Anna Sher and Eduardo González.

Two alternatives to the stress-gradient hypothesis at the edge of life: the collapse of facilitation and the switch from facilitation to competition. Richard Michalet, Yoann Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Jean-Paul Maalouf and Christopher J. Lortie.

Alternative fire-driven vegetation states. Juli G. Pausas.

Changes in the species and functional trait composition of the seed bank during semi-natural grassland assembly: seed bank disassembly or ecological palimpsest? Kenny Helsen, Martin Hermy and Olivier Honnay.

Most Accessed in 12/2013


Improving the prediction of plant species distribution and community composition by adding edaphic to topo-climatic variables [Original Article]Dubuis, Anne; Giovanettina, Sara; Pellissier, Loïc; Pottier, Julien; Vittoz, Pascal; Guisan, Antoine

Silver Jubilee of the journal and complexity of global change [Editorial]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 593 Pärtel, Meelis; Chiarucci, Alessandro; Chytrý, Milan; Pillar, Valério D.

Pluralism and diversity: trends in the use and application of ordination methods 1990-2007 [Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2014, vol. 25, p. 1 Von Wehrden, Henrik; Hanspach, Jan; Bruelheide, Helge; Wesche, Karsten


How traits determine species responses to environmental gradients [Commentary]J. Veg. Sci. 2009, vol. 20, p. 695 Vesk, Peter A.

Plant species richness: the world records [Forum]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 977 Wilson, J. Bastow; Peet, Robert K.; Dengler, Jürgen; Pärtel, Meelis


Does the Initial Floristic Composition model of succession really work? [Commentary]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 796 Wilson, J. Bastow


Extended leaf phenology: a secret of successful invaders? [Commentary]J. Veg. Sci. 2014, vol. 25, p. 4 Rejmánek, Marcel


The twelve theories of co-existence in plant communities: the doubtful, the important and the unexplored [Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 975 Wilson, J. Bastow


Selecting traits that explain species–environment relationships: a generalized linear mixed model approach [Original Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2011, vol. 22, p. 184 Jamil, Tahira; Ozinga, Wim A.; Kleyer, Michael; ter Braak, Cajo J.F.


Assessing species and community functional responses to environmental gradients: which multivariate methods? [Featured Paper]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 988 Kleyer, Michael; Dray, Stéphane; Bello, Francescode; Lepš, Jan; Pakeman, Robin J.; Strauss, Barbara; Thuiller, Wilfried; Lavorel, Sandra

The effects of grazing depend on productivity, and what else? [Commentary]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 805 Overbeck, Gerhard E.


Mapping plant strategy types using remote sensing [Original Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2014, vol. 25, p. 6 Schmidtlein, Sebastian; Feilhauer, Hannes; Bruelheide, Helge


Functional diversity: a tool for answering challenging ecological questions [Special Feature: Functional Diversity]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 395 Mason, Norman W. H.; de Bello, Francesco


Partitioning of functional diversity reveals the scale and extent of trait convergence and divergence [Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 777 De Bello, Francesco; Thuiller, Wilfried; Lepš, Jan; Choler, Philippe; Clément, Jean-Christophe; Macek, Petr; Sebastià, Maria-Teresa; Lavorel, Sandra


Trait-based classification and manipulation of plant functional groups for biodiversity–ecosystem function experiments [Original Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2014, vol. 25, p. 248 > Fry, Ellen L.; Power, Sally A.; Manning, Pete

Most Accessed 1/2013–12/2013


Plant species richness: the world records [Forum]Wilson, J. Bastow; Peet, Robert K.; Dengler, Jürgen; Pärtel, Meelis


Mapping plant strategy types using remote sensing [Original Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 796 Schmidtlein, Sebastian; Feilhauer, Hannes; Bruelheide, Helge


Pluralism and diversity: trends in the use and application of ordination methods 1990-2007 [Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 395 Von Wehrden, Henrik; Hanspach, Jan; Bruelheide, Helge; Wesche, Karsten


Towards consistency in vegetation classification [Forum Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2009, vol. 20, p. 695 De Cáceres, Miquel; Wiser, Susan K.


Assessing species and community functional responses to environmental gradients: which multivariate methods? [Featured Paper]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 387 Kleyer, Michael; Dray, Stéphane; Bello, Francescode; Lepš, Jan; Pakeman, Robin J.; Strauss, Barbara; Thuiller, Wilfried; Lavorel, Sandra


The twelve theories of co-existence in plant communities: the doubtful, the important and the unexplored [Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 805 > Wilson, J. Bastow

Improving the prediction of plant species distribution and community composition by adding edaphic to topo-climatic variables [Original Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2011, vol. 22, p. 184 Dubuis, Anne; Giovanettina, Sara; Pellissier, Loïc; Pottier, Julien; Vittoz, Pascal; Guisan, Antoine


Functional types, climatic change and species richness [EDITORIAL].J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 593 Wilson, J. Bastow; Chiarucci, Alessandro; Chytrý, Milan; Pärtel, Meelis


A guide for using functional diversity indices to reveal changes in assembly processes along ecological gradients [Special Feature: Functional Diversity]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 1 Mason, Norman W.H.; Bello, Francesco; Mouillot, David; Pavoine, Sandrine; Dray, Stéphane


Selecting traits that explain species–environment relationships: a generalized linear mixed model approach [Original Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 794 > Jamil, Tahira; Ozinga, Wim A.; Kleyer, Michael; ter Braak, Cajo J.F.


A novel framework for linking functional diversity of plants with other trophic levels for the quantification of ecosystem services [Special Feature: Functional Diversity]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 988 > Lavorel, Sandra; Storkey, Jonathan; Bardgett, Richard D.; Bello, Francesco; Berg, Matty P.; Roux, Xavier; Moretti, Marco; Mulder, Christian; Pakeman, Robin J.; Díaz, Sandra; Harrington, Richard


The Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD): a new resource for vegetation science [SPECIAL FEATURE: ECOINFORMATICS]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 942 Dengler, Jürgen; Jansen, Florian; Glöckler, Falko; Peet, Robert K.; De Cáceres, Miquel; Chytrý, Milan; Ewald, Jörg; Oldeland, Jens; Lopez-Gonzalez, Gabriela; Finckh, Manfred; Mucina, Ladislav; Rodwell, John S.; Schaminée, Joop H. J.; Spencer, Nick


Intra-specific and inter-specific variation in specific leaf area reveal the importance of abiotic and biotic drivers of species diversity across elevation and latitude [Special Feature: Functional Diversity]J. Veg. Sci. 2011, vol. 22, p. 582 Hulshof, Catherine M.; Violle, Cyrille; Spasojevic, Marko J.; McGill, Brian; Damschen, Ellen; Harrison, Susan; Enquist, Brian J.


Does phylogenetic distance aid in detecting environmental gradients related to species composition? [Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 921 Root, Heather T.; Nelson, Peter R.


Partitioning the variation of woody plant β-diversity in a landscape of secondary tropical dry forests across spatial scales [Ordinary Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2011, vol. 22, p. 1143 López-Martínez, J.O.; Hernández-Stefanoni, J.L.; Dupuy, J.M.; Meave, J.A.


Partitioning of functional diversity reveals the scale and extent of trait convergence and divergence [Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 33 De Bello, Francesco; Thuiller, Wilfried; Lepš, Jan; Choler, Philippe; Clément, Jean-Christophe; Macek, Petr; Sebastià, Maria-Teresa; Lavorel, Sandra


Functional diversity: a tool for answering challenging ecological questions [Special Feature: Functional Diversity]J. Veg. Sci. 2009, vol. 20, p. 475 Mason, Norman W. H.; de Bello, Francesco


Partitioning phylogenetic and functional diversity into alpha and beta components along an environmental gradient in a Mediterranean rangeland [Special Feature: Functional Diversity]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 777 Bernard-Verdier, Maud; Flores, Olivier; Navas, Marie-Laure; Garnier, Eric


Four years of simulated climate change reduces above-ground productivity and alters functional diversity in a grassland ecosystem [Ordinary Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 877 Cantarel, Amélie A. M.; Bloor, Juliette M. G.; Soussana, Jean-François


Understorey plant species show long-range spatial patterns in forest patches according to distance-to-edge [Ordinary Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 113 Pellissier, Vincent; Bergès, Laurent; Nedeltcheva, Théodora; Schmitt, Marie-Cécile; Avon, Catherine; Cluzeau, Catherine; Dupouey, Jean-Luc


Functional redundancy and stability in plant communities [Special Feature: Functional Diversity]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 9 Pillar, Valério D.; Blanco, Carolina C.; Müller, Sandra C.; Sosinski, Enio E.; Joner, Fernando; Duarte, Leandro D. S.


Primary succession trajectories on pumice at Mount St. Helens, Washington [Original article]J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 963 del Moral, Roger; Thomason, Lindsay A.; Wenke, Anthony C.; Lozanoff, Natasha; Abata, Mario D.


The partitioning of diversity: showing Theseus a way out of the labyrinth [FORUM]J. Veg. Sci. 2012, vol. 23, p. 73 De Bello, Francesco; Lavergne, Sébastien; Meynard, Christine N.; Lepš, Jan; Thuiller, Wilfried


Sudden oak death disease progression across two forest types and spatial scales [Original Article]J. Veg. Sci. 2010, vol. 21, p. 992 Ramage, Benjamin S.; Forrestel, Alison B.; Moritz, Max A.; O'Hara, Kevin L.


How traits determine species responses to environmental gradients [Commentary] J. Veg. Sci. 2013, vol. 24, p. 977,Vesk, Peter A.

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