River Systems: Integrating landscapes, catchment perspectives, ecology, management (ISSN 1868-5749, e-ISSN 2363-7137)

Aims & Scope

River Systems (RS) is an international journal that integrates landscape, catchment and human perspectives into a holistic view of river systems. It is dedicated to promoting innovative basic research results and their application in management and conservation. Interdisciplinary research on rivers from the catchment and landscape perspectives is particularly welcome. “River Systems” thus bridges the gap between inter- and transdisciplinary research and highlights management applications and science implementation at multiple temporal and spatial scales. An innovation of “River Systems” will be the inclusion of relevant science education cooperations.
The language of the journal is English. “River Systems” is a relaunch of the “Large Rivers, Supplement to Archiv für Hydrobiologie”.

Range of ecosystems

River systems, river networks, river corridors (including wetlands and associated groundwater) and entire catchments.


“River Systems” will promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research including hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, biology, engineering, environmental sciences, and the social sciences. It will emphasize science-based approaches to natural resource management.

Applied and interdisciplinary issues related to rivers

Examples of cross-cutting issues include water and ecosystem management, restoration ecology, environmental modelling, decision support systems for riverine management, conservation biology and ecology, aquatic species management, and innovative aspects of science education.

Rapid publication

The editors of River Systems are aware of the importance of timely review and publication.
On average, papers submitted to RS were reviewed within 47 days in 2011, compared to after 62 days in 2010. To submit a paper to River Systems online, click "Submit manuscript online" on the menu to the left. Accepted papers are published online (FastTrack) immediately after they were accepted and typeset.

Online Version

Regular subscriptions include access to the online version. River Systems also participates in CrossRef which allows direct access to referenced papers which are available online. The online edition is hosted by Ingenta, refer to the access instructions for details. Regular subscribers should enable their access by following these.

Publication information

1 volume consists of 4 numbers, 1 volume is published per annum.

Indexed in

  • Zoological Record
  • BIOSIS Previews
  • Google Scholar
  • Science Citation Index (applied for)