European Journal of Soil Science Special Issue

Understanding soil functions: from ped to planet


Dr Mathilde Hagens (WUR) – will be responsible for Innovative methods for measuring soil functions

Dr Jantiene Baartman (WUR) – will be responsible for Modelling & mapping of soil functions across scales

Prof Katharina Helming (ZALF) – will be responsible for Soil functions for society (land management and policy applications);

Prof. Rachel Creamer (WUR) – will be responsible for Synergies and trade-offs between soil functions


Abstract Deadline: 31st October 2019


Abstract Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted in a word document to Abstracts are limited to 2000 characters. The final sentence should state the novelty of the research with respect to an improved understanding of, and wider relevance to, soil science.


6-10 keywords (in alphabetical order, separated by commas)



Authors should provide four Highlights. These should be included separately after the Abstract as bullet points of up to 100 characters each including spaces. The highlights should address the following:

  • What is the main scientific question that your paper addresses?
  • What is novel, important and timely about your work?
  • What are your key findings?
  • What is your main conclusion?

Please ensure that you address all of the requirements (Abstract, Keywords and Highlights) this allows the editorial team to get a good understanding of your paper.

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 15th January 2020


Author Guidelines can be found here

Once invited to submit a full paper to the special issue, you will be asked to submit via manuscript central on the EJSS website, where you will have the option to select the special issue.



There is no cost to authors to publish in the EJSS because the readers pay to view the documents via subscription charges.

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