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Reclamation Sciences is the peer-reviewed technical journal of the American Society of Reclamation Sciences. The journal is designed for the dissemination of original knowledge regarding basic and applied solutions related to the reclamation, restoration, rehabilitation, and remediation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and landscapes disturbed by a broad array of human activities. Both the journal and its audience are interdisciplinary. The journal is designed to serve as a bridge between researchers and practitioners of reclamation science.

Types of submissions include:

  • Research Articles (3500 to 7500 words) reporting new data, innovative approaches, and drawing novel conclusions.
  • Review Articles (3500 to 7500 words) of published literature specific to a given, well-defined topic. *Contact editor prior to submission.
  • Short Communications (2000 words or fewer) of preliminary findings requiring urgent attention.
  • Technical Notes (3000 words or fewer) providing brief descriptions of methods, techniques, procedures, or modifications thereof.
  • Cultural Correspondences (2500 to 7500 words) connect reclamation to indigenous communities, sacred landscapes, and traditional ecological knowledge.

*Word counts include table/figure captions (but not the table or figures themselves) and literature cited.

Preparing your Manuscript:

  • Manuscript, and preferentially all other files, submitted in a fully editable format (MS Word preferred), not PDF
  • Manuscripts written in English
  • Provide continuous line numbering throughout the text

Title Page:

  • Title (do not use abbreviations and include correct species names)
  • Authors’ names in the correct order with affiliations for each
  • Contact information for the corresponding author
  • Abstract (300 word limit)
  • Key words (up to five not in title)
  • “Reclamation Highlights”: three bulleted highlights of paper (85 word maximum)
  • Declaration of interest statement (this will declare that no personal conflicts, financial, or competing interests exist among listed authors)

Main text: Divide Research Articles and Technical Notes in Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Literature Cited. Use 12-point font of Times New Roman with 1” (Normal margins). * Include page numbers and page lines in all submissions

Introduction: Outline the essential scientific context/frameworks, what knowledge/practice gaps you have identified, and your hypothesis/es and or objectives of the study. Unless you are writing a REVIEW ARTICLE, this is not the place for a lengthy review of the research topic.

Methods: Detail the methods used so it can be repeated by other researchers. Include the location and GIS coordinates where the study was conducted, and properly cite all data, program code, laboratory protocols and research materials. Provide appropriate citations and manufacturer’s details (name, city, and country of the manufacturer) of specific equipment and materials used in the study. Detail the statistical methods, tests and analyses conducted.

Results: State your results and point out the most important details shown in tables and figures in the text. Report all relevant sampling and statistical details (alpha, number of replicates, df, test statistics, P-value, etc.).

Discussion: Explain the significance and relevance of the results and connect that to other relevant reclamation projects. Distinguish factual results from speculation and interpretation. Mention of statistics, data, tables, figures, is not included in the Discussion.

Literature Cited: Order alphabetically by the last name of the first author. Examples:

Primary literature:

Auble GT, Shafroth PB, Scott ML, Roelle JE (2007) Early vegetation development on an exposed reservoir: implications for dam removal. Environmental Management 39:806–818


Grubb PJ (1986) The ecology of establishment. Pages 83–98. In: Bradshaw AD, Goode DA, Thorp E (eds) Ecology and design in landscape. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford, United Kingdom


Angel PN, Barton CD, Warner R, Agouridis C, Taylor T, Hall S (2008) Tree growth, natural regeneration, and hydrologic characteristics of three loose-graded surface mine spoil types in Kentucky. Pages 28–65. In: Barnhisel R (ed) Proceedings, National Meeting of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation, Richmond, VA, 14–19 June 2008. American Society of Mining and Reclamation, Lexington, KY


R Core Team (2020) R: a language and environment for statistical computing. R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria.

Acknowledgments: Provide relevant research assistance and grant funding agencies.

General Notes:

In in-line citations: use chronological order, no comma before the year, ‘&’ between names for works with two authors, ‘et al.’ in regular font for works with three or more authors, ‘;’ to separate works.

Scientific names : use italics, provide common name (if unavailable, give family name) in parentheses on the first appearance, and consistently use either the scientific or common name afterward. Genus name can be abbreviated after the first appearance. When using species names, start with common and have Latin follow in parenthesis with author name. Example: Sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata [Dum. Cours.] G. Don).

Tables and Figures: embed into the body of the Word doc manuscript where Tables and Figures will complement narrative and number accordingly.
  • All figures should be mentioned in the manuscript and should match the figures provided by the author.
  • Include an informative caption above the table or below the figure with all abbreviations defines and units reported.
  • All maps submitted must contain a compass and a scale (in metric units).
  • Figure parts should be named consistently in the figure, in the caption, and in the text.
  • Tables must be in an editable format such as Word or Excel. Lines should be limited in table header and bottom border. Please do not submit as PDF files.
  • Use high-quality images for figures.

Manuscript submissions:

Please include the following:
  • Cover letter providing brief summary of work and how it contributes to reclamation science. This can also include additional information not present in the manuscript and relevant to the editorial office or editors.
  • Manuscript as a single, fully editable file (MS Word preferred, not PDF), inclusive of title page, Abstract, Key words, Implications section, Main text, Literature Cited, and Illustrations (tables, figures; optional)
  • Supporting and supplemental files (optional)
  • Include three, non-biased preferred reviewers that are not related to the study
  • Address all direct submissions or technical queries to the Managing Editor
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