Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


We would like to invite you to submit manuscripts to a special issue of the journal Advances in Polar Science (APS) on “Response of polar organisms and natural environment to global changes”.

APS is an international, peer-reviewed and open-access journal jointly sponsored by the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA). It is a quarterly journal published in March, June, September and December and circulated internationally (ISSN 1674-9928, CN 31-2050/P). Articles published in APS are free of charge with generous funding from PRIC. For more details, please see the attached introduction file or visit the APS’s websites:

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Special Issue on “Response of polar organisms and natural environment to global changes”

High altitude and high latitude regions on Earth are experiencing rapid changes in climate, with impacts on polar organisms and the environment. The persistent cold and sometimes inhospitable conditions create unique ecosystems and habitats for polar organisms. This thematic issue will focus on various polar organisms and natural environmental changes including the polar fauna and flora, polar microorganisms, the carbon and nitrogen cycles of the polar tundra, polar environmental change and contamination. In addition, there is an urgent need to identify sensitive indicators of ecosystem history, which may be sentinels for change or adaptation. For instance, plant quadrats are one platform to study the correlations of vegetation (e.g. hair grass, mosses, lichens), microbiology and environmental characteristics, and to monitor the influence of climate change on these organisms. This Special Issue seeks to bring together polar researchers studying different ecological systems and components of the food web, and to consider these sensitive natural environments in a changing global perspective. We welcome relevant contribution on this topic.

Submitted manuscripts, except for review papers, should be complete and adequately supported by original investigation; they should not be versions of communications submitted or published elsewhere. All manuscripts will undergo regular review by members of the Editorial Board and other appropriate experts.


The schedule for this special issue is:

• Paper submission deadline: 10 February 2017 (extended into 30 March 2017)

• Final acceptance deadline: 30 April 2017 (extended into 30 May 2017)

• Publication: June 2017


Details can be found at


Prof. Xiaoliang Ling

Assistant Editor

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