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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 releases its Responsible Business Report for 2018.

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

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    108 days from submission to first decision
    194 days from submission to acceptance
    45 days from acceptance to publication

    Usage 
    4,757 downloads
    104 altmetric mentions

  • Tree

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

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