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Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Sustainable Earth operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically  sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The  Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

News

Springer Nature released its Sustainable Business Report for 2021.

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

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

  • Tree

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