Nature and Culture

Sing C. Chew, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and
University of Jena

Subjects: Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology

Indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI): Journal Impact Factor: 1.931

Acknowledgments: 2019 Nature and Culture Reviewers


Latest Issue Table of Contents

Volume 15 (2020): Issue 2 (Jun 2020)

Nature + Culture
Vol. 15, No. 3, 2020

The Alchemy of a Corpus of Underwater Images: Locating Carysfort to Reconcile our Human Relationship with a Coral Reef
Deborah James

Symbolizing Destruction: Environmental Activism, Moral Shocks, and the Coal Industry 
Alison E. Adams, Thomas E. Shriver, and Landen Longest

Making Sense of the Human-Nature Relationship: A Reception Study of the “Nature Is Speaking” Campaign on YouTube
Ulrika Olausson 

More than Darkness Preservation: The Importance of Dark Star-filled Skies in Urban Areas
Yee-Man Lam

Book Review Essay
Artificial Intelligence: Faith in Machine or Man?    
Jan Martijn Meij

Volume 15 / 2020, 3 issues per volume (spring, summer, winter)

Nature and Culture is now indexed in Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences (CC/S&BS) and the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)!

Journal Impact Factor: 1.931

Aims & Scope

Nature and Culture (NC) is a forum for the international community of scholars and practitioners to present, discuss, and evaluate critical issues and themes related to the historical and contemporary relationships that societies, civilizations, empires, regions, and nation-states have with nature. The journal contains a serious interpolation of theory, methodology, criticism, and concrete observation forming the basis of this discussion.

The journal's mission is to move beyond specialized disciplinary enclaves and mindsets toward broader syntheses that encompass time, space, and structures in understanding the nature–culture relationship. The journal furthermore provides an outlet for the identification of knowledge gaps in our understanding of this relationship.

Nature and Culture receives financial support for its editorial operations from the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig.

The editors and editorial board will consider new topics, and authors should not be restricted by those listed below. Current themes are as follows:

  • Cultural Reactions and Conceptions of Nature
  • Degradation and Restoration of Environment
  • Ecological Time and Futures
  • Political and Socioeconomic Arrangements of Landscapes

For a more detailed explanation of these topics, please see Nature and Culture's themes.


Nature and Culture is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Anthropological Index Online (RAI)
  • Anthropological Literature (Tozzer Library – Harvard University)
  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • British Humanities Index (PROQUEST)
  • Current Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Current Contents - Social and Behavioral Sciences (WEB OF SCIENCE)
  • Energy & Power Source (EBSCO)
  • Environment Abstracts (PROQUEST)
  • Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management (PROQUEST)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Geobase (ELSEVIER)
  • International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (DE GRUYTER)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (DE GRUYTER)
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • PAIS International (PROQUEST)
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (WEB OF SCIENCE)
  • Sociological Abstracts (PROQUEST)
  • Water Resources Abstracts (PROQUEST)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (PROQUEST)

Sing C. Chew, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany
Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and University of Jena, Germany

Managing Editor
Jana Schoppe, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany

Book Review Editor
Daniel Sarabia, Roanoke College, USA

Editorial Board
Maohong Bao, Peking University, P. R. China
Felix A. Chami, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Samir Dasgupta, University of Kalyani, India

Debra J. Davidson, University of Alberta, Canada
Riley E. Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, USA
Jonathan Friedman, EHESS (IRIS), Paris, France and University of California, San Diego, USA
Robert Frodeman, University of North Texas, USA
Paul H. Gobster, USDA Forest Service, USA
Thomas Hall, DePauw University, USA
David J. Hess, Vanderbilt University, USA
J. Donald Hughes, University of Denver, USA
William R. Jordan III, The New Academy for Nature and Culture, USA
Andrew K. Jorgenson, Boston College, USA
Robert E. Kohler, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kristian Kristiansen, Goteborgs Universitet, Sweden
Wolfgang Krohn, Bielefeld University, Germany
Ts'ui-Jung Liu, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
Robert Marks, Whittier College, USA
Arthur P. J. Mol, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Kelly Moore, Loyola University, Chicago, USA
Raymond Murphy, University of Ottawa, Canada
Roger Pielke Jr., University of Colorado, USA
William I. Robinson, University of California-Santa Barbara, USA
Arlene Rosen, University College London, UK
Alvin So, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
William Thompson, Indiana University, USA
Yoshinori Yasuda, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Japan
Steven Yearley, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Ethics Statement

Authors published in Nature and Culture (NC) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every effort to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Nature and Culture ethics statement.

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