From the Publications Committee

About Special Issues

The Society publishes six issues of The Rangeland Journal every year.  Two of these issues are Special Issues, in that they include papers written around a particular topic or theme, or they are drawn from a conference or symposium.  Each Special Issue is edited by selected guest editors and publication of the issue is paid for by the organisation that sponsors it.  The Special Issues are very popular with readers and the papers are usually well cited by other authors.

The Special Issues that have been published over the last five years are listed below:

  • Developing Northern Australia – Lessons and Opportunities for Economically Viable, Sustainable and Inclusive Outcomes (September 2018)
  • Understanding Ecosystem Functions in Grasslands Under Climate Change, Inner Mongolian Plateau, China (May 2018)
  • Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate; Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World (January 2018)
  • Climate Clever Beef: Practical Measures to Improve Business Performance and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Northern Australia (June 2016)
  • Managing the Impacts of Feral Camels across the Rangelands: Results of the Australian Feral Camel Management Project (May 2016)
  • Innovation in Australian Rangelands. A special issue from the 18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society (December 2015)
  • Enhancing the Resilience of Coupled Human and Natural Systems of Alpine Rangelands on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (February 2015)
  • Social and Ecological Aspects of Grassland Use in Northern China: Implications for Adaptation to Climate Change (December 2014)
  • Savanna Burning: Role and Opportunities in a Rangelands Carbon Economy (September 2014)
  • Celebrating Diversity: People, Place and Purpose. ARS 17th Biennial Conference, Kununurra, Western Australia (June 2013)


How are the topics for Special Issues chosen?

Selecting and authorising topics for Special Issues is the responsibility of the Publications Committee of the ARS, chaired by Dr Ron Hacker.


How members can assist?

Maintaining a schedule of two Special Issues per year is not easy, and we – as in the Publications Committee – are always on the lookout for suitable themes and sponsoring organisations.

We welcome suggestions from members of topics for future Special Issues. 

In suggesting a topic, please give consideration to

  • its importance to all or parts of the rangeland community,
  • the likely sub-topics that could be presented as papers,
  • possible authors and guest editors, and
  • an organisation (or organisations) that may be prepared to sponsor the publication of a special issue financially.

If you have an idea, please let Ron Hacker know by dropping him an email (  We welcome your ideas and thoughts.