6th International Symposium
on Soil Organic Matter

Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM
3–7 September 2017 • Rothamsted Research • Harpenden (United Kingdom)

6th International Symposium
on Soil Organic Matter

Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM
3–7 September 2017 • Rothamsted Research • Harpenden (United Kingdom)

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Publication in special issues

Many participants expressed an interest in submitting their papers to special issues in either the European Journal of Soil Science or Soil Use and Management prior to the meeting.

You can submit your paper to your journal of choice until January 1st 2018 or if you cannot make the deadline – please let the Editors Margaret Oliver (m.a.oliver@reading.ac.uk) or Michael Goss (mgoss@uoguelph.ca) know in advance. In fact, please alert them to any paper submissions to ensure the guest editors for the journals know which papers they are to handle.

Which journal?
The two journals have different scopes; EJSS focuses on the science of the soil whereas SUM focuses on its management. Both journals take many papers on soil organic matter. Below we give the scopes of the journals. Please visit the websites of the journals (linked in the green titles) before submission to obtain the author guidelines for submission.

Scope of the European Journal of Soil Science
The European Journal of Soil Science is an international journal that publishes outstanding papers that contain one or more of the following: new knowledge, new concepts, new understanding or novel technology.
Original research papers must include some novel concepts and be scientifically sound and of good scientific quality. Review and position papers that cover aspects of soil science are also considered. 

The remit of the EJSS is as follows:

  • further our understanding of chemical, physical and biological processes and their interactions which define and control soil function, development and distribution
  • explain the detailed processes and mechanisms by which the soil reacts to, and interacts with, change imposed by the wider environment or direct human intervention (e.g. climate change, pollution)
  • develop novel approaches, techniques and methods to obtain new understanding of the soil in relation to current and future demands for land-use policies, food and water security, and ecosystem services
  • illustrate applications of ‘the latest’ methods of proximal sensing, pedometrics, metagenomics and so on to further understanding of the soil
  • assess soil biodiversity, its functions and interactions with microbial genetics
  • contribute to interdisciplinary understanding and aspects of soil function in ecosystem services within a wider, global context
  • understand the role of soil in human health, as a source of new antibiotics, and in the management of metabolites and nanoparticles from applications of waste water, organic and inorganic amendments to the soil

Scope of Soil Use and Management
Soil Use and Management is an international journal that publishes research papers, reviews, short communications and informed comment on the wide range of applications of soil science and provides an international forum for those applying scientific principles to understand and solve important soil problems, as well as inform and develop policy, in relation to plant production and environmental issues, such as ecosystem services.

Key areas for consideration are:

  • soil, plant and microbe interactions
  • environmental protection
  • sustainable land use
  • soil conservation
  • pollution control
  • restoration and reclamation of land
  • evaluation of soil surveys
  • development of methods appropriate to land use and soil management

Please contact either Margaret Oliver (m.a.oliver@reading.ac.uk) or Michael Goss (mgoss@uoguelph.ca) to submit your paper.