Call for papers: special issue “Ecosystems of Inland Saline Waters”

Special Issue “Ecosystems of Inland Saline Waters
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2020.

Special Issue Information: Inland saline waters include different types of water bodies (lake, lagoons, estuaries, rivers, springs, ponds, etc.) and play an important many face role in the Biosphere on different spatial scales. Their total area is very close to total area of freshwaters on the planet. Despite this, they attract much less attention then freshwaters. Currently, it is inadmissible due to some main reasons: 1. growing proccess of salinization of freshwater systems worldwide, 2. increasing demand for their human sustainable multi-purpose use, 3. their significant landscape role, including the conservation of aquatic organisms living in them and the related numerous bird species. This Special Issue aims to decrease lack of knowledge on these unique and diverse water bodies also providing information to environmental managers, polititions, and general public needed to the conservation and sustainable use.

The Issue main topic would be:

  • Diversity and peculiarities of inland saline water bodies;
  • Ecosystems in inland saline waters: structure, functioning, state and dynamics;
  • Salinisation of freshwaters and ecosystem transformations;
  • Long-term changes of ecosystem changes due to climatic variability and antropogenic interventions;
  • Integrated sustainable management of saline water ecosystems and aquaculture development;
  • Public awarness about problems of saline water bodies.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • inland saline waters
  • lakes
  • lagoons
  • ecosystems
  • functioning
  • biodiversity
  • climate variability
  • human interventions
  • sustainable use
  • long-term changes
  • aquaculture

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nickolai Shadrin
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of RAS, Sevastopol, Russia
Interests: general, saline lake and semi-aquatic ecology, geoecology, life in extreme environment, biofilms, stromatolites, ecosystem functioning, alien species, food webs, integrated sustainable environmental management, aquaculture, eco-physiology and ethology of hydrobionts, long-term changes, evolution, and etc.

Dr. Elena Anufriieva
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of RAS, Sevastopol, Russia
Interests: hydrobiology, saline lake, invertebrate zoology, life in extreme environment, ecosystem functioning, alien species, food webs, aquaculture, eco-physiology and ethology, long-term changes.

Prof. Dr. Gonzalo Gajardo
Laboratorio de Genética, Acuicultura & Biodiversidad Universidad de Los Lagos Avda. Fuchslocher 1305, Osorno. Chile
Interests: gene and population-level biodiversity, fitness and other traits relevant to aquaculture and biodiversity conservation.

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