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SPECIAL ISSUE dedicated to the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK)

On this occasion, the International Journal of Speleology (IJS) is preparing a Special Issue that will consider manuscripts representing new advances and provide insights into and address challenges in all fields of cave and karst research topics. We especially encourage cross-disciplinary contributions. The full papers must be submitted through IJS portal. When submitting your paper, be sure to select from the Document type dropdown menu, the IYCK 2021 Special Issue. Please see Submission Guidelines on the journal’s website.

The deadline for submission is October 15, 2020.

The International Journal of Speleology is the official journal of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie since 1978 and was founded in 1964. It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, international scientific journal that publishes research and review articles concerning all sciences involved in karst and caves, such as geology, geomorphology, hydrology, archeology, paleontology, (paleo)climatology, cave meteorology, (geo)microbiology, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, mineralogy, etc. IJS is published three times per year.

Articles are open access at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ijs. The journal is abstracted and indexed in the following services: Directory of Open Access Journals, ISI Thomson Services (Science Citation Index-Expanded including the Web of Science, ISI Alerting Service, Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences), Bibliography & Index of Geology (GeoRef, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, EarthScienceWISE (Oxmill Publishing), EBSCO publishing, Geobase, Speleological Abstracts (UIS), Ulrich’s Periodical Directory ™, BIOSIS Zoological record, SCOPUS (Elsevier), and SCImago Journal and Country Rank.

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Current Issue: Volume 50, Issue 1 (2021)

IYCK 2021


Stygobitic crustaceans in an anchialine cave with an archeological heritage at Vodeni Rat (Island of Sveti Klement, Hvar, Croatia)
Alessandro Montanari, Nicolas Cerveau, Barbara Fiasca, Jean-François Flot, Diana Galassi, Maurizio Mainiero, David McGee, Tadeusz Namiotko, Stefano Recanatini, and Fabio Stoch

  • Archeologic and archeometric assessments of Vodeni Rat cave
  • Assessment of the geology of the Adriatic Carbonate Platform and the Croatian karst
  • Geologic and environmental analysis of the Vodeni Rat cave area
  • Systematic and ecologic assessments of the stygobitic crustacean fauna in the Vodeni Rat cave
  • Timing of colonization and partitioning of crustacean species in the neo-anchialine cave of Vodeni Rat


Increased cave use by butterflies and moths: a response to climate warming?
Otto Moog, Erhard Christian, and Rudolf Eis

  • The number of lepidopteran species from Austrian caves sharply increased since 2015
  • Most of the newly recorded species visit cave mouths by day in the warm season
  • Climate warming makes a cave stay on hot summer days more attractive to Lepidoptera
  • The inclination to use caves as diurnal retreats can differ between related species


On the genesis of aluminum-rich speleothems in a granite cave of NW Spain
Jorge Sanjurjo-Sanchez, Carlos Arce Chamorro, Juan Ramón Vidal Romaní, Marcos Vaqueiro-Rodríguez, Victor Barrientos, and Joeri Kaal

Biospeleothems are frequent in granite caves but they have been poorly studied

The formation of Al-rich speleothem are poorly understood

Al-rich speleothems in one of Europe's major granite cave have been analyzed

Study reports the composition, accretion process, age, and growth rate of an Al-rich speleothem

Al-rich speleothems might be good environmental archives