Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Mountain Research and Development’s mission is to “foster sustainable development in mountains by supporting peer-reviewed interdisciplinary, disciplinary, and transdisciplinary research on mountains, developing scientific capacity, capitalizing on development experiences, promoting policy dialogue, and strengthening networks within the mountain community.” The journal includes three distinct sections: MountainDevelopment (peer-reviewed, for “Transformation Knowledge”), MountainResearch (peer-reviewed, for “Systems Knowledge”), and MountainAgenda (peer-reviewed, for “Target Knowledge”). A MountainPlatform section (for IMS members only) gives International Mountain Society members a forum for disseminating information about their mountain initiatives and priorities, while a MountainMedia section (with invited submissions only) reviews recent publications on mountains and mountain development, and the occasionally published MountainViews section includes Letters to the Editor with forms of responses from readers to material published in MRD. Fields of study for which the editors seek content include: Bio- and geophysical environment; Economy; Ecosystems and cycles; Energy, infrastructure, and services; Environmental risks; Methods and theories; Policy, politics, and institutions; Regions; Resource and land use; and Society and culture. It should be noted that Mountain Research and Development is featured in BioOne's open access collection.
A glance at the organizations who are institutional members of the International Mountain Society (the publisher of MRD) helps establish the journal’s bona fides immediately. They include: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy; the Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion, Lima, Peru; the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland; and the Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia, Bishkek, among others. And a look through the Table of Contents in the current issue, February 2015, Volume 35, Issue 1, reveals a rich array of scholarly material, including an Editorial from the editors, David Molden, Hans Hurni, Susanne Wymann von Dach, and Anne Zimmermann; a MountainDevelopment section with the articles: “From Farmers to Entrepreneurs—Strengthening Malta Orange Value Chains Through Institutional Development in Uttarakhand, India,” “Development of a Participatory Method for Capturing Preferences of Andean Smallholders Regarding Urbanization,” “Potential for Applying Intergenerational Practice to Protected Area Management in Mountainous Regions,” “A Low-Cost GPS-Based Protocol to Create High-Resolution Digital Elevation Models for Remote Mountain Areas;” a MountainResearch section with the articles, “Family Dairy Farms in the Northern French Alps: Persistence and Adaptation in a Changing World,” “Transhumance Farming in Swiss Mountains: Adaptation to a Changing Environment,” “Responses of Montane Forest to Climate Variability in the Central Himalayas of Nepal,” and “Response of Kobresia pygmaea and Stipa purpurea Grassland Communities in Northern Tibet to Nitrogen and Phosphate Addition;” a MountainPlatform section with the articles, “Big Data Are All the Rage—For Mountains, Too,” “CONDESAN: Promoting Long-Term Monitoring at Different Scales to Support Natural Resource Governance in the Andean Countries,” and, in the MountainMedia section, reviews of “Plant Life of the Dolomites,” “Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina,” “Atlas du Parc National Suisse: les 100 premières années [Atlas of the Swiss National Park: The First 100 Years],” and “Mensch und Umwelt in Kirgistan: Politische Ökologie im postkolonialen und postsozialistischen Kontext [Humans and the Environment in Kyrgyzstan: Political Ecology in a Postcolonial and Postsocialist Context].”
It takes just seconds to load either the HTML full text or a PDF of each article, as well as tables, graphs, and illustrations, which are in full color and detailed. Articles are accompanied by such tools as Related Article Search, Social Tools for disseminating content, and Article Tools for e-alerts, etc. All the open access issues of MRD, from 2005, Volume 20 through 2015, Volume 35, are available online.
This title is highly recommended to all libraries serving researchers involved with research and development of mountainous regions throughout the world and their adjoining spaces. It is essential.