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: 3.709

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 2/65 (Forestry); 25/200 (Plant Sciences); 31/144 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1654-1103

Associated Title(s): Applied Vegetation Science

Virtual Issues


One of the most influential persons to the success of the Journal of Vegetation Science is certainly John Bastow Wilson, or simply Bastow for us and for most vegetation scientists at the IAVS meetings. In 2013, Bastow retired from his job at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and also from his position of Chair of the Editors of the Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science. We acknowledge the work of Bastow for the journals by compiling a Virtual Special Feature in his honour. This Virtual Special Feature contains a collection of fourteen papers published by both the Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science focusing on the topics of plant community assembly. Among these, influential papers by Bastow were included, which ranged across a wide spectrum of subjects, from the nature of limiting similarity in community assembly (Wilson 2007) to synthesis about the different theories explaining co-existence in plant communities (Wilson 2011a), to methodological contributions on measuring plant cover to characterise community structure (Wilson 2011b) and to the relative value of species presence/absence vs abundance values to describe patterns in plant communities (Wilson 2012). We hope that this Virtual Special Feature will serve as a useful reference and will stimulate vegetation scientists to further advance research on plant community assembly.


Trait convergence and trait divergence in herbaceous plant communities: Mechanisms and consequences
Grime, J. Philip

Trait-divergence assembly rules have been demonstrated: Limiting similarity lives! A reply to Grime
Wilson, J. Bastow

Discriminating trait-convergence and trait-divergence assembly patterns in ecological community gradients
Pillar, Valerio D.; Duarte, Leandro da S.; Sosinski, Enio E.; Joner, Fernando

Partitioning of functional diversity reveals the scale and extent of trait convergence and divergence
de Bello, Francesco; Thuiller, Wilfried; Leps, Jan; Choler, Philippe; Clement, Jean-Christophe; Macek, Petr; Sebastia, Maria-Teresa; Lavorel, Sandra

Filtering processes in the assembly of plant communities: Are species presence and abundance driven by the same traits?
Cingolani, Ana M.; Cabido, Marcelo; Gurvich, Diego E.; Renison, Daniel; Diaz, Sandra

Species presence/absence sometimes represents a plant community as well as species abundances do, or better
Wilson, J. Bastow

Sampling plant functional traits: What proportion of the species need to be measured?
Pakeman, Robin J.; Quested, Helen M.

Are traits measured on pot grown plants representative of those in natural communities?
Mokany, Karel; Ash, Julian

Plant traits, species pools and the prediction of relative abundance in plant communities: a maximum entropy approach
Sonnier, Gregory; Shipley, Bill; Navas, Marie-Laure

Mapping plant strategy types using remote sensing
Schmidtlein, Sebastian; Feilhauer, Hannes; Bruelheide, Helge

A guide for using functional diversity indices to reveal changes in assembly processes along ecological gradients
Mason, Norman W. H.; de Bello, Francesco; Mouillot, David; Pavoine, Sandrine; Dray, Stephane

Using life-history traits to achieve a functional classification of habitats
Herault, Bruno; Honnay, Olivier

Cover plus: ways of measuring plant canopies and the terms used for them
Wilson, J. Bastow

The twelve theories of co-existence in plant communities: the doubtful, the important and the unexplored
Wilson, J. Bastow

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