Submission deadline October 2020

Guest Editors: Diogo Veríssimo, Jenny A. Glikman, EJ Milner-Gulland

The guest editors invite submissions to People and Nature covering novel research and approaches to managing demand for wildlife products, in particular work around: (1) understanding consumer preferences and choices, (2) design and implementation of behavior change interventions, and (3) impact evaluation of interventions aiming to influence consumers of wildlife products. Submissions that cross multiple disciplines, as well as those from practitioners working in developing countries are of particular interest.


Close-up of some confiscated pangolin scales. Credit: Kenneth Cameron / USFWS (2)


The unsustainable trade in wildlife is a key threat to Earth’s biodiversity. Efforts to mitigate this threat have traditionally focused on regulation and enforcement. However, in recent years the emphasis on demand-side management, which aims to influence the market value of illegal or unsustainable wildlife products by getting consumers voluntarily to change their purchasing behavior, has increased. This focus on demand has led to the launch of many outreach efforts aimed at influencing consumers of wildlife products. Yet, understanding of what these different efforts have achieved remains limited.

At the same time, conservation scientists and practitioners have stepped up their research efforts, with the goal of better understanding the complex social, cultural, and economic contexts of wildlife product use. At the moment, however, there is a mismatch between this new science and the interventions. This Special Feature aims to contribute to bridging this divide, by bringing together new ideas and findings from around the world, showcasing interdisciplinary and science-practice collaborations.

People and Nature is a broad-scope open access journal publishing work from across research areas exploring relationships between humans and nature. We encourage conceptual and empirical approaches to answer interesting questions within this scope. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies are all welcome.

Timeline: Prospective authors should submit a 300 word abstract of the paper together with a tentative title and article type to Diogo Veríssimo ( for consideration. The authors of abstracts found to be within the scope of the Special Feature will be invited to submit full papers.

Full manuscripts must be submitted by the 31st of October 2019. The full special feature will be published in the second half of 2020, but all manuscripts accepted ahead of the issue’s publication date will be published online early shortly after acceptance.

Submission Process: Additional instructions are available on the journal’s website. Manuscripts should be submitted through Manuscript Central. Please also ensure that manuscripts are submitted with a covering letter indicating the paper’s alignment with the scope of People and Nature and the alignment with the focus of the Special Feature. Please note that submissions to this Special Feature will be held to the same editorial and peer-review standard as all other submissions to the journal.

Publications Fees People and Nature is an Open Access journal, this allows for broad dissemination without subscription. The journal is therefore funded by publication fees of $2000/£1540/€1835. However, we are determined to ensure these do not constitute a barrier to publication, and as such, discount and waivers are available to authors without means of paying. Please contact Diogo Veríssimo ( for additional information.

Point of Contact: To discuss ideas not mentioned above, or for any questions, please contact Diogo Veríssimo (