Mountain Research and Development Journal
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Scope and audience


MRD features three peer-reviewed sections: MountainDevelopment, which contains “Transformation Knowledge,” MountainResearch, which contains “Systems Knowledge,” and MountainAgenda, which contains “Target Knowledge.” In addition, the MountainPlatform section offers International Mountain Society members an opportunity to convey information about their mountain initiatives and priorities; and the MountainMedia section presents reviews of recent publications on mountains and mountain development.

Key research and development fields:

  • Society and culture
  • Policy, politics, and institutions
  • Economy
  • Bio- and geophysical environment
  • Ecosystems and cycles
  • Environmental risks
  • Resource and land use
  • Energy, infrastructure, and services
  • Methods and theories
  • Regions

For more information on the detailed thematic classifications for reviewers and authors please see the download (PDF file).


MRD is essential reading for two main groups: a multidisciplinary community of development-oriented researchers, policymakers, decision-makers, practitioners, and people in educational institutions; and a broad academic community of researchers, students, and graduate-level teachers interested in sustainable mountain development, mountain environments and societies, disciplinary mountain aspects of global relevance, and interdisciplinary interaction.

Open Access

MRD provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public, especially in developing countries, supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Open access leads to increased readership beyond the international mountain research and development community, thus increasing the benefits of knowledge on, and experience in, sustainable mountain development presented in MRD. Open access also results in increased recognition and citation of authors’ work. In order to help defray the costs of publication and the loss of income from subscriptions, authors are requested to pay a publication fee.

Publication and indexing

Frequency: Mountain Research and Development publishes four issues annually (February, May, August, and November). Online ISSN: 1994-7151. (Print ISSN: 0276-4741.)

Mountain Research and Development is indexed in Clarivate Analytics’ Science Citation Index Expanded™ and Journal Citation Reports™, Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences, Geo Abstracts, C.A.B. International Series Checklist, AGRICOLA databases, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts (MGA), CABS (Current Awareness in Biological Sciences), and others.

MRD is accessible via BioOne.

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