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Aims and scope

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. 

Articles of varying length may be submitted to Sustainable Earth, so long as they communicate novel findings effectively, or provide consensus or direction in the context of existing sustainability research. In addition to research- and review-style articles, Sustainable Earth invites articles that provide ‘Guidelines’, which offer direct suggestions for policy implementation or change.

Papers that include images, graphics and videos or otherwise summarise research in a creative way are of particular interest. Authors are also encouraged to attach data sets to their articles and make them available in open access repositories.

News

Springer Nature releases its Responsible Business Report for 2019.

Peter Newman, Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Earth, was named Scientist of the Year at the 2018 Western Australian Premier’s Science Awards.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    144 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    118 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    264 days from submission to acceptance
    33 days from acceptance to publication

    Usage 
    26,090 downloads
    89 mentions

  • Tree

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