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Current Issue
Volume 37 No 3: Mountain Forests and the SDGs (Focus Issue)

Introductory Essay
Mountain Forests and Sustainable Development: The Potential for Achieving the United Nations' 2030 Agenda
(Georg Gratzer and William S. Keeton)

Featured Articles
Forgotten Forests? Food Potential of Ancient Coffee Forests and Agroforestry Systems in the Southwestern Ethiopian Mountains, Seen Through a Gender Lens
(Sarah Marie Nischalke, Mulunesh Abebe, Beneberu Assefa Wondimagegnhu, Simone Kathrin Kriesemer, and Tina Beuchelt)
Research Priorities for the Conservation and Sustainable Governance of Andean Forest Landscapes
(Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel, Manuel Peralvo, Selene Báez, Stephan Rist, Wouter Buytaert, Francisco Cuesta, Belén Fadrique, Kenneth J. Feeley et al)
Understanding and Managing the Effects of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services in the Rocky Mountains
(Jessica E. Halofsky, Travis W. Warziniack, David L. Peterson, and Joanne J. Ho)


Call for papers: Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Mountains
Mountains and mountain people are critically affected by climate change. MRD is looking for papers that assess novel adaptation practices and present well-researched insights into implications of climate change that are relevant to adaptation. Synthesis papers comparing case studies are of particular interest, as MRD aims to contribute to the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report as well as to inform development policies. Extended abstracts are due by 19 January 2018, full papers by 15 August 2018. Interested? Read the detailed call for papers here.

Call for papers: Food Security and Sustainable Development in Mountains
Food security is a key concern for sustainable development in mountain areas. MRD is looking for papers that present validated insights into development solutions for reducing malnutrition and increasing food security for mountain people; that analyze food systems in mountains against the background of global trends and the need for conserving ecosystems; or that offer agendas for research or policymaking aimed at increasing the sustainability of food systems in mountains. Full papers are due by 28 February 2018; we welcome a prior notice of intent. Interested? Read the detailed call for papers here.

Higher publication fees as of 2018
MRD is raising the base charge for publication of papers to US$ 750. The new charge will apply to papers submitted as of 1 January 2018. Three changes have necessitated this increase. First, articles will become open access on JSTOR, which means they will reach yet a wider audience. Second, we now systematically use plagiarism detection software. And third, our publishing partner BioOne, after having generously supported open access journals with free services for many years, has had to introduce a page fee for online publication. See our publication fee policy for details about the fees we charge.

Upcoming Issues
Volume 37 No 4: Migration and Sustainable Development in Mountains (full)
Volume 38 No 1: Open Issue
Volume 38 No 2: Open Issue
Volume 38 No 3: Open Issue
Volume 38 No 4: Food Security and Sustainable Development in Mountains
Volume 39 No 1: Open Issue
Volume 39 No 2: Adaptation to Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Mountains


Mountain Research and Development
fosters sustainable development in mountains by supporting peer-reviewed interdisciplinary, disciplinary, and transdisciplinary research on mountains, developing scientific capacity, capitalizing on development experiences, promoting policy dialogue, and strengthening networks within the mountain community.

Mountain Research and Development is published by the International Mountain Society (IMS). MRD receives significant funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA)—the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation. Institutional members of the IMS make a substantial financial contribution. Friends of MRD also support the journal.

Mountain Research and Development is available online and open access in collaboration with www.bioone.org, and is indexed in the Science Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports® (Impact Factor for 2016: 1.149), Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences, GEOBASE, CAB Abstracts, AGRICOLA databases, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA), CABS (Current Awareness in Biological Sciences), and others. The MRD Editorial Office supplies printready PDF files of individual articles or entire issues including covers for delocalized printing to Institutional Members of the IMS upon request.

Mountain Research and Development  is subject to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. Ownership of the copyright in articles is retained by the authors, but anyone may read, download, copy, reuse, distribute, print, search, and link to the full texts of articles in MRD provided that the original authors and source are properly acknowledged and cited. For any reuse or redistribution of a work, the license terms under which the work was published must be made clear.

Online ISSN: 1994-7151 (Print ISSN: 0276-4741)
4 issues per year

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