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As of the 1st of January 2023, Sustainable Earth is published under the new title Sustainable Earth Reviews. The journal’s focus is now mainly on overview papers, reviews, analyses, evidence synthesis and other article types (like Debates and Guidelines) that support researchers, practitioners, policy makers and citizens in understanding the complexity of sustainability issues. Please note that novel research data are still considered, but they should be framed within the scope of a Frontiers Paper. Sustainable Earth Reviews particularly welcomes Frontiers Papers as they include the analysis of existing data or describe new data obtained in a comparative analysis that leads to novel and arresting conclusions of importance to a broad audience.

For articles submitted in 2023, Sustainable Earth Reviews has waivers available to offer that can be requested upon submission and allocated on acceptance. Once the standard peer review process has been completed and the Editor-in-Chief has made a decision to accept the article, authors without funding available won’t need to pay an APC. 

What is Sustainable Earth Reviews?

  • Overviews, analyses, and evidence synthesis. With a primary focus on overview papers, Sustainable Earth Reviews aims to support researchers, practitioners, policy makers and citizens in understanding the complexity of topics in Sustainability, and in making sense of the great amount of data and information in Sustainability available today. 
  • Interdisciplinarity. Part of the mission of Sustainable Earth Reviews is to foster inter- and cross-disciplinary perspectives, which are at the heart of Sustainability research, through innovative content types that cater for a wider variety of contributions and voices.  
  • Concise highlights and practice recommendations. To support readers in navigating the greater availability of data and research, Sustainable Earth Reviews promotes conciseness and readability of content by featuring Science Highlights and Policy & Practice Recommendations after the abstract, and shorter, compelling content types like Debates
  • Bridging communities and audiences. The key aim of Sustainable Earth Reviews is to support real-world change by bridging the divide across communities – encouraging stronger ties and connections between academia and the general public, strengthening public understanding of science, influencing policy and altering social paradigms, and supporting citizen science.
  • Committed to supporting the SDGs. Publications in Sustainable Earth Reviews contribute to the overall mission of the SDGs. 

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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.

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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Article Types

Sustainable Earth Reviews accepts the following article types:

- Guidelines
- Commentary
- Debate
- Frontiers paper

- Systematic Review 
- Systematic Review Protocol

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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