Great Plains Research

Great Plains Research publishes original research and scholarly reviews of important advances in the natural and social sciences with relevance to and special emphases on environmental, economic and social issues in the Great Plains. It includes reviews of books and reports on symposia and conferences that included sessions on topics pertaining to the Great Plains. Papers must be comprehensible to a multidisciplinary community of scholars and lay readers who share interest in the region. Stimulating review and synthesis articles will be published if they inform, educate, and highlight both current status and further research directions.

The following types of articles will be of particular interest to the editor:

  • original research findings, such as have been published in GPR since 1991;
  • overviews of critical environmental, economic and social issues for the plains;
  • reviews of knowledge on important questions and their regional application;
  • syntheses and cross-disciplinary analyses with relevance to the plains, and
  • synopses of the "state of the science" on topics with relevance to the Great Plains.

The journal is indexed and/or abstracted in America: History and Life, BIOSIS Previews, Biological Abstracts, Environment Abstracts, Historical Abstracts, Geographical Abstracts and GEOBASE, Meteorological and Geoastrophysical Abstracts, and CSA Sociological Abstracts, Inc.

Scientists doing interesting work with important implications for this region are invited to synthesize their significant research results and present them and their relevance to this audience. The overall goals are to develop GPR as a centralized outlet for science of regional importance, to communicate important scientific findings to as wide an educated audience as possible, and to help keep scientists, interested citizens, and leaders of this region up to date on scientific progress relevant to the Great Plains.

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EditorPeter Longo

Book Review Editor — Rebecca Buller, UNL

GPR email

Essay Editor — George E.Wolf, Emeritus, Department of English, UNL

Copy Editor — Lona Dearmont


For permission inquiries, please visit UNL Press

Call for manuscripts

Downloadable call for Manuscripts

Great Plains research is a biannual, multidisciplinary, international journal that publishes peer-reviewed research on the natural and social sciences of the Great Plains. The editor is soliciting current manuscripts on important research results and synthetic reviews of critical scientific issues for the Great Plains. At this time page charges are subsidized by the center for Great Plains studies, including the cost of printing color images.

Topics could include but are not limited to:

Agronomy, anthropology, archeology, architecture, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, climatology, conservation biology, ecology, economics, entomology, environmental studies, family and consumer sciences, genetics, geography, geology, grassland studies, history of science, horticulture law, natural resources, paleontology, physics, physiology, plant pathology, political science, prairie ecosystems, psychology, rangeland studies, sociology, soil science, statistics, water issues, zoology

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On-Campus Instructions

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