As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.
COVID-19 and impact on peer review
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
Take a look at articles in Sustainable Earth that have been published as part of collections, focused on specific topics in sustainability.
A new Planetary Accounting Framework
This video explains the concept of 'planetary boundaries' and outlines a new Planetary Accounting Framework that can be used as a tool to set quotas for a more sustainable Earth. Read the full article here.
Supporting your research
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.
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
The objective of this article collection is to examine and improve the learning of sustainability.
A collection highlighting the ecological impact of plastics and initiatives aimed at reducing the global impact from plastics.
This collection examines the complex inter-relationships between youth aspirations, lifestyles, energy use, social justice, ecosystems and youth wellbeing.
This article collection is dedicated to the multifaceted issues of food production and consumption and their impacts on the planet.
This article collection is dedicated to the opportunities and priorities for biophilic urbanism to shape vibrant and livable cities.
This article collection is dedicated to policy-relevant papers focused on innovation, policy and governance of climate change mitigation.
Annual Journal Metrics
144 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
118 days to first decision for all manuscripts
264 days from submission to acceptance
45 days from acceptance to publication