“Plant Sociology is an international open-access, peer-reviewed journal edited by the “Società Italiana di Scienza della Vegetazione” (SISV).

The journal publishes original research articles covering all aspects of vegetation, from plant communities to landscapes, including dynamic processes and community ecology. The journal prioritizes papers that focus on plant sociology and vegetation surveys for developing ecological models, vegetation interpretation, classification, and mapping. It also welcomes contributions related to environmental quality assessment, plant biodiversity management and conservation, interpretation and monitoring of EU Annex I habitats, grounded in rigorous and quantitative measures of physical and biological components.

The journal is open to territorial studies at different geographic scale and accepts contributions dealing with applied research, provided they offer new methodological perspectives and a robust, updated vegetation analysis.

Plant Sociology supports the Italian Vegetation Database VegItaly (member of the Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases – GIVD) and urges the contributing authors to store their vegetation data in it.

Plant Sociology has succeeded Fitosociologia (1990-2011, ISSN 1125-9078) and Notiziario della Società Italiana di Fitosociologia (1964-1989, ISSN 1120-4605), the historical journals of the SISV. The name Plant Sociology is a tribute to the founder of “Phytosociology, Josias Braun-Blanquet (1884-1980), who used it in the English translation of his major work “Pflanzensoziologie”.

Editorial Board


Dr. Daniela Gigante

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Perugia



Prof. Gianluigi Bacchetta

Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Cagliari



Prof. Simonetta Bagella

Department of Chemical, Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences University of Sassari



Dr. Gianmaria Bonari

Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena



Prof. Daniele Viciani

Department of Biology, University of Florence


Consultant Editor

Prof. Edoardo Biondi

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University

Editorial Secretary

Dr. Diana Galdenzi

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Marche Polytechnic University

Social media team

Dr. Lorenzo Lazzaro

Giovanni Rivieccio

Editorial board members 

Alicia Teresa Rosario Acosta

Silvia Assini

Carlo Blasi

Helga Bültmann

Maria Carmela Caria

Simona Casavecchia

Marina Allegrezza

Frédéric Bioret

Gabriella Buffa

Marco Caccianiga

Andraž Čarni

Stefano Chelli

Milan Chytrý

Romeo Di Pietro

Edy Fantinato

Federico Fernández-González

Gian Pietro Giusso del Galdo

Cesare Lasen

Ulrich Deil

Panayotis Dimopoulos

Emmanuele Farris

Annarita Frattaroli

Lorenzo Gianguzzi

Lorenzo Lazzaro

Ladislav Mucina

Livio Poldini

Daniel Sánchez-Mata

Alberto Selvaggi

Giovanni Spampinato

Ioannis Tsiripidis

Simone Pesaresi

Marta Puglisi

Giovanni Sburlino

Pilar Soriano Guarinos

Jean Paul Theurillat

Rossen Tzonev

Roberto Venanzoni