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What is Sustainable Earth?

  • A community-focused open access journal dedicated to real-world change
  • A platform for scientists, policy makers and citizens to discuss and publicise advances in sustainability
  • A means of forming new connections between people and disciplines to improve innovation

Discover more about the journal’s ethos and aspirations in the Editor-in-Chief’s blog and video interview series.

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Supporting your research

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Apply for a publication charge waiver in Sustainable Earth

We have several funding pathways available to help you publish your sustainability research. Read more about our membership and waiver options under the 'Article-processing charges' heading on the about page.

Research Data Support

Authors submitting to this journal can opt to use a new service that will make it easier to share research data.​​​​​​​

Aims and scope

Sustainability is a global challenge identified by the United Nations. There is a uniform drive in every region of the world to invest time and money into developing solutions to meet this global challenge. Consequently, sustainability research is one of the fastest growing scientific fields today.

Sustainable Earth aims to address this by publishing high-quality, open access research from all topics related to this discipline. As a community-focused journal, it serves both the realms of academia and the general public and strives to strengthen the bond between them through traditional and innovative scientific communication. To further this vision, the journal will engage authors and readers in contemporary topics in the public eye or of critical socio-economic importance through the publication of thematic series.

The journal’s subtitle – ‘Science, Policy, Society’ – highlights the connectivity between core research, policy and everyday life. As such, the journal particularly welcomes articles that may influence policy or alter societal paradigms.

Open article collections

Biophilic Urbanism
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This article collection is dedicated to the opportunities and priorities for biophilic urbanism to shape vibrant and livable cities.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2018

Accelerating Climate Change Mitigation

New Content ItemThis article collection is dedicated to policy-relevant papers focused on innovation, policy and governance of climate change mitigation.

Submission deadline: 30 November 2018

Food and Sustainable Earth

New Content ItemThis article collection is dedicated to the multifaceted issues of food production and consumption and their impacts on the planet.

Submission deadline: 10 December 2018

Young Lives for a Sustainable Earth

New Content ItemThis article collection examines the complex inter-relationships between youth aspirations, lifestyles, energy use, social justice, ecosystems and youth wellbeing.

Submission deadline: 15 December 2018


Peter Newman Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Earth named as the Premier’s Scientist of the Year.

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    In collaboration with Earth Day Network's Canopy ProjectSustainable Earth donates one tree for every completed peer review report in the journal.