Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space (ISSN: 2514-8486 print, 2514-8494 online), which is available only as part of the subscription to Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space (ISSN: 2514-8486 print, 2514-8494 online), is published four times a year in March, June, September, and December by SAGE (Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, and Melbourne). The combined subscription to Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space and Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space comprises twelve issues. For information about subscribing to the package please click here.
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Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space is an interdisciplinary journal of nature-society scholarship. International in scope, the journal welcomes theoretically robust, empirically rich research from an array of fields including political ecology, environmental justice, science and technology studies, conservation and the environmental humanities. The journal proposes to push the ways we understand the uneven, dynamic, and often unjust intersections of nature and space with particular interest in their societal, political, and economic dimensions. We accept work from across the social sciences, humanities and critical biophysical approaches, and are especially interested in research that engages feminist, anti-colonial, antiracist, queer, posthumanist, and heterodox and alternative economic approaches. Themes of particular interest include: the relationships between economic and environmental transformation; justice-based environmental movements; environmental governance; resource politics; intersections between social difference and environmental issues; the politics of environmental knowledge; and critical engagement with debates concerning the Anthropocene, 'environmental crises' and global environmental change. While our submissions seek to provide both original conceptual and empirical insights, in some cases we will accept empirically rich articles rooted in particular places and locations.
|Leila Harris||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Lyla Mehta||Institute of Development Studies, UK, and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway|
|Sharlene Mollett||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Krithika Srinivasan||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Emily Yeh||University of Colorado Boulder, USA|
|Teresa Armijos Burneo||University of East Anglia, UK|
|Wim Carton||Lund University, Sweden|
|Brad Coombes||University of Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand|
|Andrew Curley||University of Arizona, USA|
|Rohan D’Souza||Kyoto University, Japan|
|Jessica Dempsey||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Jennifer Franco||Transnational Institute, Netherlands|
|Silvio Funtowicz||University of Bergen, Norway|
|Lesley Green||University of Cape Town, South Africa|
|Deepa Joshi||International Water Management Institutes, Sri Lanka|
|Miles Kenney-Lazar||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Sarah Knuth||Durham University, UK|
|Christian Kull||University of Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Nikki Luke||University of Tennessee, USA|
|Frank Matose||University of Cape Town, South Africa|
|Priscilla McCutcheon||University of Kentucky, USA|
|Laurel Mei-Singh||University of Texas, Austin, USA|
|Christine Noe||University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|Diana Ojeda||Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia|
|D. Parthasarathy||Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India|
|Michelle Scobie||University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago|
|Dinesh Wadiwel||University of Sydney, Australia|
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/natureandspace to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Theme issue guidelines
1.4 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing polices
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
3.4 Appealing the publication decision
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 Sage Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
EPE will accept journal articles of up to 9,500 words, inclusive of footnotes, but exclusive of tables/graphs/figures and references. Commentaries will also be considered if they provide in depth reviews of key issues, with clear contributions to the field of knowledge, by setting new research agendas, elaborating on core concepts, or highlighting key issues for consideration by scholars in related fields. Commentaries should be between 5000-6,000 words.
EPE: Nature and Space welcomes proposals for innovative and distinctive theme issues. There are two deadlines per year for the submission of proposals: September 1 and March 1. Please send theme issue proposals to Katie Nudd (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that we do not consider theme issue proposals that are also being considered by other journals.
Proposals for theme issues should contain a maximum of 9 potential papers. In 1–2 pages, theme issue guest editors should provide an overview of the theme issue, its central contribution and its distinctiveness, how it relates to EPE’s aims and scope, and a planned submission deadline for the papers. Proposals should also demonstrate how the papers contribute to and engage with the chosen theme. Please include a brief bibliography of key citations.
In addition to the overview, proposals must contain a summary abstract describing the theme issue as a whole (150-200 words). This should be followed by abstracts and brief author bios for each of the proposed papers.
Our editors collectively review proposals in order to come to a decision. If proposals are accepted, one of EPE’s editors will be assigned to handle the theme issue. A deadline for paper submission will be agreed with the guest editors, who will be requested to provide suggestions for potential referees prior to the submission deadline for individual papers. Guest editors need not submit their introductory paper at the submission stage; this will be requested once the review process is complete and the final line-up of papers is confirmed.
Each of the papers will be reviewed independently according to our standard review procedures for original paper submissions. The abstract for the theme issue will be included with each paper as it is submitted for review, for the benefit of referees. Theme issues will be scheduled for print publication once the final paper in the collection is accepted. In some cases, your proposal may be more suitable for a special section (up to 4 papers) and please let us know if this option will also suit you. Please also be advised that there are a limited number of special issues per year that will be published. As such, the editors will also consider timing and space constraints, in addition to the content, in coming to a decision.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
All manuscripts submitted to Environment and Planning E are subject to a double anonymize peer review process in which the author’s name is withheld from the reviewer and vice versa. All papers are reviewed by at least 2 individuals; normally 3.
Members of the editorial collective or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
• Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
• Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
• Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Enviroment and Planning E: Nature and Space requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.
If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at email@example.com. Authors may also wish to consult Sage’s Complaints and Appeals process at https://www.sagepub.com/complaints-and-appeals for further information.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
Given that the initial review undertaken by the editors may result in your paper not being sent for review, authors are invited to submit the initial manuscript without compliance with all of our formatting requirements. Authors will be expected to fully comply with all the formatting requirements upon resubmission of the manuscript after the initial review.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/natureandspace to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Highlights are required for all paper submissions to EPE. Highlights are brief bullet points that concisely communicate the article’s key arguments and findings. Please include a list of 3-5 bullet point highlights (maximum 20 words per bullet point) as a separate file in the online submission (named ‘highlights’), or after the abstract in your paper.
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space editorial office as follows:
Katie Nudd: firstname.lastname@example.org