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For articles submitted in 2023, Sustainable Earth Reviews has waivers available to offer that can be 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?

  • 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

As of the 1st of January 2023, Sustainable Earth is published under the new title Sustainable Earth Reviews. The journal welcomes 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.

Call for Papers: Future Farming and Regenerative Agriculture

Guest Editor: Margaret Gollagher

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.

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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.

Supporting your research

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Apply for a publication charge waiver in Sustainable Earth Reviews

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.

Open article collections


'Striking the right balance: the role of hydrogen in a net zero economy' by Jake Whitehead & Peter Newman

Article Types

Sustainable Earth Reviews accepts the following article types:

- Guidelines
- Commentary
- Debate
- Frontiers paper

- Systematic Review 
- Systematic Review Protocol

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