Submissions

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How to submit articles

The Journal publishes a mixture of commissioned and unsolicited content. We are especially interested in pieces on the effecting of social, cultural and political change in an ecologically positive direction. While we are looking for intellectual rigour, contributions should – owing to the breadth of topics covered within the scope of the Journal – be aimed at a non-specialist audience.

The submission process is handled by email. In order to initiate correspondence with us, please get in touch using our contact form.

Prospective authors are advised to read through the information presented below, as well as our mission statement and aims, to help with preparing a submission. We are particularly keen to be sent pieces with practical messages offering a 'way forward' and we recommend contacting us early on in the writing process.
 


Article types

Long articles

 2500–3000 words* plus up to 30 references

 Undergo full peer review

 Where possible should offer practical suggestions for positive action

*If you would like to request a higher word limit, this may be possible but please let us know in advance.

Opinions

 400–500 words plus up to five references

 No figures, tables or boxes

 Undergo rapid peer review

 Published online in advance of the next issue (as well as in the next issue)

 Can be used to present practical suggestions for positive action

Reflections

 Published occasionally only, so please propose your idea (using our contact form) before preparing a piece

 1000–1250 words plus up to ten references

 No figures, tables or boxes

 Undergo rapid peer review

 Published online in advance of the next issue (as well as in the next issue)

 Can be used to present new ecocentric ideas or novel ecocentric reflections on existing ideas

Book and culture reviews

 500- to 1000-word reviews of new books, films and other forms of culture

Meeting reports

 500- to 750-word reports of relevant meetings
 


Topic areas

 Biodiversity and bioabundance

 Protection and restoration of wilder habitats

 Animal welfare

 Energy and climate change

 Waste and toxics

 Human overpopulation and overconsumption

 Philosophical aspects of ecocentrism, deep ecology and deep green ethics

 Earth-centred law

 Ecological aesthetics and art

 The ecological potential of urban life

 Religious support for protecting the ecosphere
 


Peer review

For long articles, peer review is conducted in a double-blind fashion wherever possible, and at least two reviews are sought for each piece. In contrast, the 'rapid review' process for Opinions and Reflections may be based on the views of a single reviewer.

Factors that will be taken into account in peer review will be:

 Clarity and accuracy of prose

 Novelty of the ideas presented

 Whether or not criticism is fair and constructive (and balanced with positive alternatives)

 Potential impact in meeting one or more of the Journal's aims
 


Author guidance: Structure

Please submit the text along with any tables and boxes together in a single word-processor file, and send through any figures as individual files.

The file should contain the following sections.

[A] Information

1 A title of up to 100 characters including spaces

2 A running head of up to 50 characters including spaces

3 Full names and very brief biographical details for each author
Please note that we allow no more than eight authors per piece

4 Preferred means of receiving correspondence if there is a corresponding author

5 Disclosure of any funding that has been received for the piece and any financial conflicts that any of the authors may have

6 Confirmation that the piece is not being considered by another journal

7 Confirmation that you have permission for any tables or figures taken from another source to be reproduced in the Journal at no cost to the Journal

8 A note if you wish for a different arrangement from our copyright agreement, which is that copyright of the piece remains with the author(s) but that the Journal has the right for it to appear on its website in readable and printable format indefinitely, and the right for all published works to be translated into other languages for further distribution

9 Confirmation that you, the submitting author, have permission to act on behalf of the co-authors throughout the publishing process (for multi-authored pieces)

[B] Abstract and keywords

For Long Articles only: An unstructured abstract of 150–200 words, which should be written in the third person

For all pieces: Up to five suggested keywords

[C] Main body

 Please write the main body of the submission in the first person

 There should not be a heading used before the first paragraph of the main body, but otherwise headings should be used liberally to break up a piece, with up to three heading levels allowed

[D] Acknowledgements

 This should include, but not be limited to, any sources of funding received by the author(s) in relation to the article

[E] Conflicts of interest

 Please disclose any conflicts of interest relevant to the submission

[F] Reference list

 Please format this in accordance with the house style below

[G] Tables and boxes

 Please include titles and legends along with the tables and boxes

[H] Titles and legends of figures

 The figures should be submitted as separate files from the main submission document
 


Author guidance: House style

Our full house style is available on request through our contact form, but the major points are provided below.

General

 Abbreviations should be defined at the point of their first usage, with the full version followed by the shortened form in brackets

 Try to limit the number of abbreviations used in the submission

 Articles submitted in American English will be edited to UK English

 Write dates in the format exemplified by: '7 August 2016'

Figures, tables and boxes

 Figures, tables and boxes should work as stand-alone items, and thus abbreviations should be defined in a legend, independently of their appearance or non-appearance in the article

 A 'table' has more than one column; a 'box' is a single-column list or a block of text

 Number figures, tables and boxes consecutively and independently, according to their first point of citation, and use 'a', 'b' and so on to denote subcomponents

 For footnote symbols, use the following order: *; †; ‡; §; ||; ¶; **; ††; ‡‡; §§; ||||; ¶¶

In-text citations

 Use the name-and-year (Harvard) system for in-text citations – e.g. 'This has been exemplified by Arnold and Barnes (2012) and also described elsewhere (Chang, 2009)'

 Where there are three or more authors, give the first author's surname followed by: 'and colleagues', or an equivalent phrase, if in the flow of the text; or 'et al.' if in brackets – e.g. '(Dravid et al., 2009)'

 Where multiple references are cited at the same point in the text, they should be ordered chronologically first, and then alphabetically – e.g. '(Chang, 2009; Dravid et al., 2010; Arnold and Barnes, 2012)'

 If the same author or authors have multiple publications in the same citation, each part of the citation should still be given in full – e.g. 'This has been demonstrated in three papers (Dravid et al., 2007; Dravid et al., 2010; Arnold and Barnes, 2012)'

 Where direct quotations are provided, please provide the page number from the original source in the citation

 Statements supported by a personal communication should be indicated as such, including the name of the person – e.g. '(personal communication with Mark Franklin)' – but not listed in the references section

Reference list

 Arrange references alphabetically first (breaking 'ties' on the first author by using the second author, and so on), and then chronologically

 If two or more references are so similar that they would lead to duplicated in-text citations, add lower-case letters immediately after the years (starting with 'a' and working along in the order of the reference list), in both the reference list and the in-text citation – e.g. '(Day et al., 2010a; Day et al., 2010b)'

 Express page ranges without redundant numerals after the dash

 Present up to two initials for each author, with hyphenated first names indicated with a hyphen

Citing journal articles

 Write journal names in full

 Format journal article citations in the style of the following example: 'Harris AB, Harris J-M and Khan E (2013) Green economies: Determining if they are possible. Journal of Green Economies 9: 1243–8.'

 Issue numbers should not be given, but supplement details should be included, in parentheses between the volume number and the colon that follows it – e.g. 'Journal of Green Economies 9 (Supplement 2): 13–19.'

 Papers accepted but not yet published should be included in the reference list as 'in press' – e.g. 'Harris J-M (2016) Green economies: Where next? Journal of Green Economies 12: in press.'

Citing conference presentations

 Format conference-presentation citations in the style of the following example: 'Jahani F (2015) Lessons from the front line. Presented at: 15th International Congress on Green Cities (oral 43). Freiburg, Germany, 11–13 March.'

Citing books and book chapters

 Format whole-book citations in the style of the following example: 'White F and Moore B (2014) Being green: What it actually means (2nd edition). Academic Press, London, UK.'

 Format single-chapter citations in the style of the following example: 'Fisher G (2012) Green education. In: Merrington B and Kriek U, eds. Green Citizenship: An introduction. Ecological Press Inc, NY, USA: 15–32.'

Citing online materials

 Format web document citations in the style of the following example: 'Ng F (2013) Being green. Available at https://is.gd/49X1b9 (accessed May 2016).'
 

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