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30 May 2021

Special issue on Active Tectonics and Seismicity of the Aegean Region with special emphasis on the 30 October 2020 Samos Earthquake


Special Issue Guest Editors

Spyros Pavlides, (Emeritus Professor) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Geology 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece

Riccardo Caputo, University of Ferrara, Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, Ferrara, Italy

Hasan Sözbilir, Dokuz Eylül University, Earhquake Research and Application Center, Tınaztepe Campus, Buca-İzmir, Turkey

The Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences is published electronically 6 times a year by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). It is an international English-language journal for the publication of significant original recent research in a wide spectrum of topics in the earth sciences. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via the internet through the online system for TÜBİTAK journals at http://online.journals.tubitak.gov.tr. This journal is included in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E) since 2004, free submission and publication and open access.

Dear Colleagues,

It is known that there have been many devastating earthquakes in countries that have coasts to the Aegean Sea, causing loss of life and property in instrumental and historical periods. A number of studies have been carried out for many years on the seismic sources of these earthquakes occurring in the Aegean region between the Hellenic subduction zone and the North Anatolian Fault. This special issue aims to reveal the latest scientific findings in geological, geomorphological, seismological, paleoseismological and geodetic investigations conducted today on seismogenic sources in the Aegean region. Participants at the International workshop on “Active Tectonics and Seismicity of the Aegean Region with special emphasis on the 30 October 2020 Samos Earthquake" are warmly invited to contribute, but also any original study on the seismic hazard and risk assessment of the Aegean region is welcome.

This special issue is dedicated to the people who passed away during the earthquake of 30 October 2020.

Key words: seismicity, Aegean Region, Active Faults, Tsunami, Seismic Hazards

Important Dates:

 Manuscript Due

 July 15, 2021

 First Round of Reviews

 October 15, 2021

 Publication Date

 December 15, 2021

24 May 2021


Dedicated to the anniversary of the 70th birthday of Prof. Vesselin S. Drensky

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Peter V. Danchev, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Antonio Giambruno, Department of  Mathematics and Informatics, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Plamen E. Koshlukov, Department of Mathematics, State University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Louis H. Rowen, Department of Mathematics, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

This special issue welcomes good quality research articles, containing original and deep research results, which are focused on recent and novel developments of the areas listed below. Moreover, the special issue invites good survey articles of exceptional merit. 
Specifically, the special issue is open to both original research articles and review articles in the following main fields:

1. Ring theory
2. Group theory
3. Nonassociative rings and algebras
4. Commutative algebra
5. Combinatorial algebra
6. PI-rings and PI-algebras
7. Lie and Jordan algebras
8. Graded rings
9. The theory of invariants
10. Matrix presentations of rings and their elements

-- Deadline: 31 December, 2021

22 March 2021

Special Issue: 

Recent Investigations on Differential and Difference Equations and their Applications 

Special Issue Guest Editors

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Bohner, Missouri University of Science and Technology, U.S.A.
  • Prof. Dr. Snezhana Hristova, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Deadline: 30 September 2021 


Differential and difference equations are very useful tools for adequate modelling of dynamic processes. It leads us to further studying various types of these equations and related initial and boundary value problems, to develop approximate methods for their solutions as well as to their successful applications to real-world problems. 

This special issue invites papers that focus on recent and novel developments in the theory of any types of differential and difference equations and inclusions, especially on analytical and numerical results for fractional ordinary and partial differential equations. 

This special issue will accept good quality papers containing original research results and survey articles of exceptional merit. The special issue is open to both original research articles and review articles in the following fields: 

- Differential equations and inclusions 

- Partial differential equations 

- Integral equations 

- Fractional differential equations and inclusions 

- Difference equations 

- Discrete fractional equations 

- Dynamical models with differential, fractional, or difference equations 



- Differential equations 

- Integral equations 

- Differential inclusions 

- Fractional differential equations 

- Difference equations 

- Partial differential equations 

- Dynamical models

17 December 2020

Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of Turkish Journal of Botany



Guest Editors

  • Prof. Dr. İsmail Türkan, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ege University, İzmir, Turkey (Email: ismail.turkan@ege.edu.tr)
  • Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Kudoh, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Otsu, Japan, (Email:kudoh@ecology.kyoto-u.ac.jp )


Adaptation, special genetical features evoked during long evolutionary history, enables organisms to survive in very diverse environments ranging from freezing tundra to burning desert ecosystems on Earth. Accordingly, plants have also different sets of adaptive traits which allow them to live in a particular place or a specific habitat. Their structural and functional characteristics are reflections of long-lasting evolutionary adaptations to the prevalent biotic and abiotic factors in their habitats. Hence, a sudden shift in these factors caused by current climate change may have catastrophic effects not only on plant distribution and survival, but also on agricultural and environmental sustainability and food security, species existence, and conservation of biodiversity. Lowered plant welfare will inevitably lead to a remarkable decrease in natural and agricultural productivity, an increase in greenhouse-gas emissions and degradations of human welfare and livelihoods. Hence, in the face of persistent and worsening climate change; (1) how adaptive morphological, anatomical, physiological and molecular evolutionary patterns, phenotypic plasticity and gene flow will interact to influence population persistence and (2) an understanding the causes and dynamics of natural distribution limits in plants deserve an utmost importance to be highlighted and evaluated  in both basic and applied areas of plant biology. 

By considering these facts, in this special issue, a theme entitled  “Plant Adaptation to Climate Change: From Molecular to Ecosystem Levels”, as a novel understanding, has been chosen and highlighted. Hence, we cordially invite researchers working in the field to submit their review papers and original research articles associated with “all aspects of plant adaptation under changing climate” to this special issue in Turkish Journal of Botany.

 The topics of the issue covers following subtopics:

- morphological adaptations

- anatomy and ultrastructural changes

- physiological adaptations

- photosynthesis

- biochemical adaptations

- molecular responses and underlying mechanisms

- short and long term adaptive phenotypic plasticity and its role to sustain populations

- genetics of phenotypic plasticity

- growth, development, cellular and molecular activities

- plant biotic and abiotic stress responses

- possible threats on genetic  and species diversity

- the genetic basis of plant adaptation to climate change

- the role of gene flow to facilitate adaptive responses to climate change

- effects of climate change in species interactions

-the response of communities and diverse ecosystems to climate change

- ecological processes


For review and opinion papers, please discuss a tentative outline with the editors of the special issue. Article will be published online following acceptance. The deadline for contributions is August 2021 whereas target date for the printed issue to be published is November 2021.

17 December 2020

Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of Turkish Journal of Zoology

Biological Control of Insect Pests

Guest Editors

  • Dr. Selcuk Hazır, Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, Aydin-Turkey (Email: shazir@adu.edu.tr )
  • Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan, SE Fruit and Tree Nut Research Unit, Byron, GA-USA (Email: David.Shapiro@usda.gov)


Agricultural and horticultural crops are attacked by a wide variety of insect pests resulting in severe economic losses. Insect pests cause crop damage through direct injury to plants as well as through the transmission of fungal, bacterial or viral diseases.

Humans have traditionally performed insect control in agriculture and forestry by using chemical insecticides. However, other methods exist such as cultural control, trapping and biological control. 

Although chemical insecticides can be highly effective, nearly all of them have the potential to significantly alter ecosystems, many are toxic to humans and/or other non-target organisms, and some become concentrated as they spread along the food chain.


Biological control or biocontrol is a method of controlling pests such as insects, mites, weeds and plants diseases using other organisms. Biological control includes the use of predators, parasitoids, pathogens, and competitors or other natural mechanisms, and typically also involves an active human management role. Biocontrol can be an important component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs.

This special issue of Turkish Journal of Zoology will focus on the “Biological Control of Insect Pests”. For review and opinion papers, please discuss a tentative outline with the editors of the special issue. Articles will be published online following acceptance. The deadline for contributions is June 2021, whereas the target date for the special issue to be available online is August 2021.

The Turkish Journal of Zoology is an international Open Access journal with  5-Year Impact Factor: 0.814. The Turkish Journal of Zoology is indexed or abstracted by a wide variety of sources such as Biological Abstracts (Online), BIOSIS Previews, Science Citation Index Expanded, Web of Science, Zoological Record Online, etc.

For more information please visit journal webpage (https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/zoology/index.htm)

20 July 2020

Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry


Remote and proximal sensing for mapping in-field leaf chlorophyll content and monitoring crop growth, development, health, and yields


Guest Editors

  • Dr. Ephrem Habyarimana, Chief Scientist at CREA Research Center for Cereal and Industrial Crops, via di Corticella 133, 40128 Bologna, Italy (Email: ephrem.habyarimana@crea.gov.it)
  • Dr. Faheem Shehzad Baloch, Department of Field Crops, Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Science, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University, Bolu 14030, Turkey (Email: balochfaheem13@gmail.com)


Genotypic and spatial information on crop’s leaf chlorophyll concentration can be used for plant nursery screening in the process of crop improvement, and is central for monitoring plant health, productivity and managing nutrient optimization programs in agricultural systems. Quantifying chlorophyll in plants leaves is also vital to understanding plants response to climate change and other biotic and abiotic adversities across diverse plant ecosystems. The chlorophyll are the main key molecules in this area of research as they display intrinsic properties that facilitate the conversion of absorbed solar irradiance into stored chemical energy, and are therefore associated with the plant photosynthetic capacity and primary productivity.

Remote and proximal sensing offer a means for measuring genotypic chlorophyll content and in-field mapping of plant chlorophyll content over a variety of spatial and temporal scales. This Special Issue is going to help garner state-of-the-art research and technologies to retrieve and model the chlorophyll that existed in plants at the leaf and canopy levels across a variety of agricultural settings for several applications, particularly in crop breeding and precision agriculture.  

We welcome research works on chlorophyll content retrieval approaches using different tools and parametric and non-parametric algorithms, including machine learning and artificial intelligence to solve current challenges associated with chlorophyll retrieval and mapping using remote and proximal sensing technologies. Both theoretical and application-oriented studies are invited. Information can be derived from several tools including but not limited to handheld and field-bound sensors, uncrewed aerial vehicles (drones), operational satellites such as Sentinel-2 constellations and other hyperspectral missions.

For review and opinion papers, please discuss a tentative outline with the editors of the special issue. Article will be published online following acceptance. The deadline for contributions is June 2021 whereas target date for the printed issue to be published is October 2021.

06 July 2020

Call for Contributions to a Special Issue of Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry


Genome Editing Technologies in Agriculture and Forestry; Utilizations, Current Achievements, Regulatory Framework and Future Prospects

Guest Editors

  • Dr. Goetz Hensel, Head Center for Plant Genome Engineering, Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Heinrich Heine University, Duesseldorf, Germany (Email: goetz.hensel@hhu.de)
  • Dr. Allah Bakhsh, Department of Agricultural Genetic Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, Nigde Omer Halisdemir University, Nigde, Turkey (Email: abthebest@gmail.com)


The genome editing tools such as Zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), CRISPR/Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat/CRISPR-associated nuclease 9), and its variants, have been used widely in the last decade to precisely manipulate plant genomes. They provide after induction of a double-strand break the opportunity to delete/insert or exchange single or multiple nucleotides in a targeted, predefined fashion. Alternatively they provide with their RNA/DNA-binding capacity tools to visualize, activate or repress gene function by fusion with respective protein domains. We invite contributions from fellow researchers for a special issue regarding applications of genome editing technologies, their current regulatory status and future prospects in the area of agriculture and forestry. The special issue intends to provide an update on this highly dynamic field. Contributions are invited as research papers, review articles and opinion papers which includes the regulatory status of genome edited crops in different countries.

Over time, genome editing technologies especially CRISPR/Cas have become more popular, mainly due to its ease of cloning, higher mutation rates and more opportunities in minimizing the off-targets. The use of these technologies is imperative in that the climate is changing globally and to meet food security challenges limited by ecological, environmental and agricultural factors. However, in many countries there is still debate over whether particular genome edited (GE) crops with similar modifications as introduced by conventional breeding methods should be given the same status as GMOs. Many scientists do consider CRISPR gene editing tools as the fastest technology for improving crops with precision. Nevertheless, in several countries, all GE crops are considered as GMOs by their legislation.

Although genome editing technologies allow scientists to accelerate crop improvement, however there are still considerable technical barriers including tissue culture dependent plant transformation (delivery method of programmable endonucleases), an efficient guide RNA designing algorithms and validations of newly developed genome-editing tools in plants etc. This special issue will focus on the following topics.

  • Efficient and reproducible DNA delivery methods for crop plants and trees genome editing (Agrobacterium, particle bombardment, plant viruses, and carbon nanotubes/cell penetrating peptides - etc)
  • Methods to improve the on-target efficiency and accuracy of plant genome editing
  • Methods to interfere with the repair machinery of the plants
  • Risks and safety consideration of genome edited crops and trees
  • Regulatory issues concerning genome editing technologies. Review or opinion papers are invited that give an overview about the actual situation and expected evolution in this area.

For review and opinion papers, please discuss a tentative outline with the editors of the special issue. Article will be published online following acceptance. The deadline for contributions is June 2021 whereas target date for the printed issue to be published is December 2021.