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As of the 1st of January 2023, Sustainable Earth will be published under the new title Sustainable Earth Reviews. The journal will welcome reviews, evidence synthesis and other article types publishing secondary literature on all aspects of sustainability. Please note that we no longer accept primary research articles and short reports.

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.

Open article collections

Call for Papers: Future Farming and Regenerative Agriculture

Guest Editor: Margaret Gollagher

Future farming systems must achieve ecological, social, economic and spiritual regeneration. Regenerative agriculture aims to restore landscape function through management practices that minimise or eliminate the use of synthetic fertiliser and pesticides; achieve sustainable production; mitigate and adapt to climate change; improve the natural resource base and how we account for it; achieve effective nutrient cycling; improve water availability; improve soil health; increase biodiversity; and achieve an appropriate balance between productivity and profitability. Social and spiritual regeneration may also be addressed explicitly. New business models are being created. Furthermore, much of the innovation underpinning regenerative agriculture is being undertaken by grassroots landholders, practiced by First Nations people or inspired by their knowledge, and supported by professional researchers, in a complex “research ecology” with attendant challenges and opportunities. Review articles, Guidelines, Commentaries and Debates are invited on any aspect of regenerative agriculture, including the concept itself, technology, science, management practices, economics, supportive policy approaches, agronomics, behaviour change, ethics, and knowledge creation and learning.

Earth Observation for Mapping Sustainability

Guest Editor: Yongze Song

This article collection presents advanced implementations, practical experience, decision making, methods, and tools of Earth observation for mapping sustainability from local to regional and global scales. Sustainable Earth recognizes that methodological innovations, typical case studies, and practical experience are critical for mapping sustainability using Earth observation.

Learning Sustainability

Guest Editors: David Crookall, Melania Borit, Gillian Bowser, Margaret Brocx, Eleanor Burke, Jaimie Cloud, David Kolb, Chris Skinner, Warren Thorngate, Charlotte Weber

Learning is a relatively new concern in sustainability. The objective of this article collection is to examine and improve the learning of sustainability; it is to build, as it were, a fully sustainable concept of sustainability. We welcome articles from ordinary citizens, scientists, trainers, citizen scientists and learners. 

Plastics and Sustainable Earth

Guest Editors: Harriet Paterson, Xiaoling Zhang, Jingzheng Ren

A collection highlighting the ecological impact of plastics and initiatives aimed at reducing the global impact from plastics. Papers are invited on any aspect of the environmental science of plastic in terms of ecological impact, the community-led systems that are pushing us towards reducing the global impact from plastics, and  the technology, behaviour change and policy approaches that perhaps are beginning to work in some places.

Young Lives for a Sustainable Earth

Guest Editors: Connie Flanagan, Bronwyn Hayward and Luisa Leo

Sustainable Earth recognizes that understanding the complex relationships between youth aspiration, and wellbeing and the natural environment are critical questions for this century. This article collection examines the complex inter-relationships between youth aspirations, lifestyles, energy use, social justice, consumption patterns, ecosystems and youth wellbeing.

Food and Sustainable Earth

Guest Editor: Dora Marinova

The current food production and consumption patterns developed to feed the human population pose serious threats to other species and generate risks that impact on available resources in our near future. This article collection is dedicated to the multifaceted issues of food production and consumption and their impacts on the planet, including the health of its inhabitants, ecosystems and atmosphere.

A new Planetary Accounting Framework

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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.

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 Reviews aims to serve this field of research by publishing high-quality, open access reviews. As a community-focused journal, Sustainable Earth Reviews 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 particularly welcomes submissions that may influence policy or alter social paradigms. Sustainable Earth Reviews offers a variety of content types to cater to novel debates in the field, including: Guidelines, Debates, Systematic Reviews and Protocols, Scoping Reviews and Frontiers papers.

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Supporting your research

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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.

Article Types

Sustainable Earth Reviews accepts the following article types:

- Guidelines
- Commentary
- Debate
- Frontiers paper

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    265 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    166 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    109,729 downloads (2021)
    69 Altmetric mentions (2021)

Institutional membership

Visit the membership page to check if your institution is a member and learn how you could save on article-processing charges (APCs).

Funding your APC

Open access funding and policy support by SpringerOpen​​

​​​​We offer a free open access support service to make it easier for you to discover and apply for article-processing charge (APC) funding. Learn more here