The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation is published by IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

Published twice a year as an online, open-access and peer-reviewed journal. PARKS is published with the aim of strengthening international collaboration in protected area development and management by:

  • promoting understanding of the values and benefits derived from protected areas;
  • ensuring that protected areas fulfil their primary role in nature conservation while addressing critical issues such as ecologically sustainable development, social justice and climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • serving as a leading global forum for the exchange of information on issues relating to protected areas, especially learning from case studies of applied ideas;
  • publishing articles reporting on recent applied research that is relevant to protected area management;
  • changing and improving protected area management, policy environment and socio-economic benefits through use of information provided in the journal; and
  • publishing scientific research relevant to IUCN’s work on protected areas.



The journal stems from and is supported by the IUCN WCPA and peer reviewers are primarily drawn from amongst Commission experts and academics in related fields. Papers range from reviews and policy analyses, to relevant research, succinctly reported. Prospective authors are invited to check the author’s guidelines before submitting papers (see:; please also write to the editor if you want to check whether something is likely to be of interest. The editors particularly encourage submissions from practitioners as well as researchers and will work with authors from non-English speaking and non-academic backgrounds to help them develop publishable papers where the ideas and material in the paper are worthy of publication. Papers of primarily local interest and relevance are unlikely to be accepted.

The journal is published online in English, with abstracts in French and Spanish. PARKS does not charge Article Processing Charges  or submission charges. PARKS is indexed in Scopus and is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).