In 2001 it was decided to initiate an Editors' Award for outstanding papers, or as the Editors-in-Chief put it: " Occasionally ... we see a paper that is ground-breaking, that introduces a new approach, that debunks an old myth, or that just does everything very well." They further wrote: "The choice of paper will sometimes be difficult. We shall hope we do not offend those who wrote excellent papers that did not catch our eye. The intention is to give one example of the kinds of paper that the Editors especially welcome.
Journal of Vegetation Science
Bodin, J., Badeau, V., Bruno, E., Cluzeau, C., Moisselin, J.-M., Walther, G.-R. & Dupouey, J.-L. 2013. Shifts of forest species along an elevational gradient in Southeast France: climate change or stand maturation? Journal of Vegetation Science 24: 269–283. Journal of Vegetation Science 24: 269–283.
Schmidtlein,S., Feilhauer, H., Bruelheide, H. 2012. Mapping plant strategy types using remote sensing. Journal of Vegetation Science 23: 395-405.
Wurst, S., Gebhardt, K. & Rillig, M.C. 2011. Independent effects of arbuscular mycorrhiza and earthworms on plant diversity and newcomer plant establishment. Journal of Vegetation Science 22: 1021-1030.
Carlyle, C.N., Fraser, L.H. & Turkington, R. 2010. Using three pairs of competitive indices to test for changes in plant competition under different resource and disturbance levels. Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 1025-1034.
De Bello, F., Thuiller, W., Lepš, J.,Choler, P., Clément, J-C., Macek, P. Sebastià, M-T., Lavorel, S. 2009. Partitioning of functional diversity reveals the scale and extent of trait convergence and divergence. Journal of Vegetation Science 20:475-486.
Mokany, K. & Ash, J.L. 2008. Are traits measured onpot grown plants representative of those in natural communities? Journal of Vegetation Science 19: 119-126.
Easdale, T.A., Gurvich, D.E., Sersic, A.N. & Healey, J.R. 2007. Tree morphology in seasonally dry montane forest in Argentina: Relationships with shade tolerance and nutrient shortage. Journal of Vegetation Science 18: 313-326.
Carlyle, C.N. & Fraser, L.H. 2006. A test of three juvenile plant competitive response strategies. Journal of Vegetation Science 17: 11-18.
Désilets, P. & Houle, G. 2005. Effects of resource availability and heterogeneity on the slope of the species-area curve along a floodplain-upland gradient. Journal of Vegetation Science 16: 487-496.
Barboni, D., Harrison, S.P., Bartlein, P.J., Jalut, G., New, M., Prentice, I.C., Sanchez-Goñi, M.-F., Spessa, A., Davis, B., Stevenson, A.C. 2004. Relationships between plant traits and climate in the Mediterranean region: a pollen data analysis. Journal of Vegetation Science 15: 635-646.
Bakker, E.S. & Olff, H. 2003. Impact of different-sized herbivores on recruitment opportunities for subordinate herbs in grasslands.Journal of Vegetation Science 14: 465-474.
Walker, S., Wilson, J.B., Steel, J.B., Rapson, G.L., Smith, B., King, W.McG. & Cottam, Y.H. 2003. Properties of ecotones: evidence from five coastal ecotones. Journal of Vegetation Science 14: 579-590.
Adema, E.B., Grootjans, Ab P., Petersen, J. & Grijpstra, J. 2002. Alternative stable states in a wet calcareous dune slack in the Netherlands. Journal of Vegetation Science 13: 107-114.
Palmer, M.W. & Rusch, G.M. 2001. How fast is the carousel? Direct indices of species mobility with examples from an Oklahoma grassland. Journal of Vegetation Science, 12, 305-318.
Applied Vegetation Science
Pellissier, L., Anzini,M., Maiorano, L., Dubuis, A., Pottier, J., Vittoz, P. & Guisan, A. 2013. Spatial predictions of land-use transitions and associated threats to biodiversity: the case of forest regrowth in mountain grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 16: 227–236. Applied Vegetation Science 16: 227–236.
Armengot. L.,Sans, F.X., Fischer, C., Flohre, A., José-María1, L., Tscharntke, T., Thies, C. The β-diversity of arable weed communities on organic and conventional cereal farms in two contrasting regions. Applied Vegetation Science 15: 571-579.
Walker, D.A., Kuss, P., Epstein, H.E., Kade, A.N., Vonlanthen, C.M., Raynolds, M.K., & Daniëls, F.J.A.. Vegetation of zonal patterned-ground ecosystems along the North America Arctic bioclimate gradient. Applied Vegetation Science 14: 440-463.
McDaniel, S. & Ostertag, R. 2010. Strategic light manipulation as a restoration strategy to reduce alien grasses and encourage native regeneration in Hawaiian mesic forests. Applied Vegetation Science 13: 280-290.
Chytrý, M., Hejcman, M., Hennekens, S.M., Schellberg, J. 2008. Changes in vegetation types and Ellenberg indicator values after 65 years of fertilizer application in the Rengen Grassland Experiment, Germany. Applied Vegetation Science 12:167-176.
Smits, N.A.C.,Willems, J.H. & Bobbink, R. 2008.Long-term after-effects of fertilisation on the restoration of calcareous grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 11: 279-286.
Hartman, K.M. & McCarthy, B.C. 2007. A dendro-ecological study of forest overstorey productivity following the invasion of the non-indigenous shrub Lonicera maackii. Applied Vegetation Science 10: 3-14.
Castro, J., Zamora, R. & Hódar, J.A. 2006. Restoring Quercus pyrenaica forests using pioneer shrubs as nurse plants. Applied Vegetation Science 9: 137-142.
Fynn, R.W.S., Morris, C.D. & Edwards, T.J. 2005. Long-term compositional responses of a South African mesic grassland to burning and mowing. Applied Vegetation Science 8: 5-12.
Hunt, R.; Hodgson, J.G.; Thompson, K.; Bungener, P.; Dunnett, N.P. & Askew, A.P. 2004. A new practical tool for deriving a functional signature for herbaceous vegetation. Applied Vegetation Science 7: 163-170.
Hölzel, N. & Otte, A. 2003. Restoration of a species-rich flood meadow by topsoil removal and diaspore transfer with plant material. Applied Vegetation Science 6: 131-140.
Moog, M., Poschlod, P., Kahmen, S. & Schreiber, K.-F. 2002. Comparison of species composition between different grassland management treatments after 25 years. Applied Vegetation Science 5: 99-106.