Journal of European Landscapes

A new, interdisciplinary journal on landscape research, in Gold Open Access

As a result of growing economic interdependence and political integration, Europe becomes ever more important as a spatial framework for research. This is particularly true for landscape research. The development of landscapes is highly dependent on the politics of the European Union. Policies on landscape and heritage are increasingly influenced by international cooperation.

For disciplines with a geographical dimension, such as archaeology, landscape and heritage, this results in comparative research in regions in Europe and, sometimes, on Europe as a whole. As a result, there is a growing awareness of the European dimensions of landscape and heritage. Although landscape is a theme that is increasingly studied on a European level (in fact, landscape is often described as a typical European theme), there is no journal that focuses on landscape.

The Journal of European Landscapes (JEL) fills this gap by stimulating and promoting both empirical research and reflexive thinking on the history and heritage of the landscapes of Europe. In our opinion, the proposed journal should focus on the history and heritage of landscape. For the historical dimension, the tradition of ‘landscape history and archaeology’, a successful research tradition on the British isles, could be seen as a good basis. This tradition is also of growing importance in continental Europe. Heritage, defined as the present use of the past, is a good addition to this as it connects historical research with modern planning and management. 


The World Heritage listed farming village of Fataga on Gran Canaria (Spain)


Aims & Scope

The Journal of European Landscapes (JEL) publishes two issues per year, one regular issue and one themed issue. The journal welcomes contributions on landscape research from all disciplines, with a focus on the areas of history, archaeology, geography and heritage.

JEL is published in Gold Open Access and publication is possible with the help of several institutes. There are no Article Processing Charges.

JEL welcomes innovative contributions to the following topics:

  1. The archaeology, long-term history and heritage of the cultural and natural landscapes in Europe (including urban and industrial landscapes).
  2. The history of the landscape concept and its associated terminology, in organisational structures as well as in art.
  3. Development, protection and management of historic landscapes in Europe.
  4. Research methodologies that increase our knowledge of the archaeology, history and heritage of the region.
  5. Innovative and programmatic developments in the field of Geo-Spatial Technologies, E-Heritage and the regional exchange and dissemination of digital historical knowledge and information about the area.
  6. Historiographies of archaeological, historical and historical geographical research Europe, as well of its heritage and heritage management.
  7. Articles on new subjects or associative terms, such as energy landscapes or landscape democracy.
  8. European landscapes outside of Europe.

JEL contains the following sections:

  1. Research Papers: Results of original research that can be theoretical, methodological or empirical. Particularly interesting are comparative studies and studies with an international geographical scope and with a long-term perspective.
  2. Syntheses: Syntheses and overviews of interdisciplinary research programs about one or more of the journal’s key topics.
  3. Case Studies: Exemplary studies of specific landscapes, sub-regions or sites that highlight or illustrate the journal’s aims, scope or topics.
  4. Discoveries: Recent discoveries that change our view of Europe’s landscape history.
  5. People: Biographies of and interviews with influential scholars that made and/or still make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the history and heritage of European landscapes.
  6. Publications: Reviews of new publications that touch upon the journal’s key topics; short comments on articles.
  7. Projects: Brief discussions of the main results of transnational archaeological, historical, historical geographical or interdisciplinary research programs. Also short descriptions of new programs.

Editorial Team

  • Prof. Jan Kolen, Leiden University and Centre for Global Heritage and Development (Editor in Chief)
  • Prof. Hans Renes, Utrecht University (Editor in Chief)
  • Arjan Conijn MA, Heidelberg University
  • Rita Hermans MA, VU University Amsterdam
  • Mara de Groot MA, Centre for Global Heritage and Development

Editorial Board

  • Prof. Ellen Braae, University of Copenhagen
  • Prof. Veerle van Eetvelde, Ghent University
  • Prof. Carola Hein, Delft University of Technology
  • Sjoerd Kluiving, PhD, VU University Amsterdam
  • Prof. Thomas Meier, University of Heidelberg
  • Prof. Hannes Palang, Tallinn University
  • Dr. Stefano Piastra, Università de Bologna
  • Dr. Amy Strecker, Leiden University
  • Prof. Sam Turner, Newcastle University
  • Dr. Magali Watteaux, Université de Rennes 2



 The Wilderness Church in remote Inari (Finland)

Call for Papers

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