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Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space


Editors
Rosemary-Claire Collard Concordia University, Canada
Leila Harris University of British Columbia, Canada
Nik Heynen University of Georgia, USA
Lyla Mehta Institute of Development Studies, UK, and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

eISSN: 25148494 | ISSN: 25148486
Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space is a new journal, launching in 2018. This coincides with the relaunch of EPA as Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space which will focus primarily on heterodox economics, political economy, and urban and regional studies. Further information about EPA can be found here.

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.

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.

Advisory Board
Fikret Adaman Bogazici University, Turkey
Tor A. Benjaminsen Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Rohan D’Souza Kyoto University, Japan
David Demeritt King’s College London, UK
Jessica Dempsey University of British Columbia, Canada
Carolyn Finney University of Kentucky, USA
Jennifer Franco Transnational Institute, Netherlands
Julie Guthman UC Santa Cruz, USA
Matthew Huber Syracuse University, USA
Sheila Jasanoff Harvard University, USA
Christian Kull University of Lausanne, Switzerland
James McCarthy Clark University, USA
Sharlene Mollet University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada
Abigail Neely Dartmouth University, USA
Diana Ojeda Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
D. Parthasarathy Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Maano Ramutsindela University of Cape Town, South Africa
Dianne Rocheleau Clark University, USA
Deborah Bird Rose UNSW Sydney, Australia
Sverker Sörlin Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Kyle Powys Whyte Michigan State University, USA
Emily Yeh University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space is a new journal, launching in 2018. This coincides with the relaunch of EPA as Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space which will focus primarily on heterodox economics, political economy, and urban and regional studies. Further information about EPA can be found here

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.

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.

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Theme issue guidelines
    1.4 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
  3. Publishing polices
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting 
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions
  6. 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
  7. Further information

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article types

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, with prior approval in concept by the editorial team, and 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.

1.3 Theme issue guidelines

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 (katie.nudd@fl.nudd.org.uk). 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. We strongly urge each paper in the theme issue to be within an 8,000 word count (slightly shorter than our typical manuscripts), including references. 

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. 

1.4 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.4.1 Make your article discoverable

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

2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

All manuscripts submitted to Environment and Planning E are subject to a double blind 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.

2.2 Authorship

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.

2.3 Acknowledgements

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 Writing assistance

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.

2.4 Funding 

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. 

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

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.

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

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.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

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.

3.1.2 Prior publication

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.

3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

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.

3.3 Open access and author archiving 

Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting 

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.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

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. 

4.3 Supplementary material

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.

4.4 Reference style

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.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

4.5 English language editing services

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.

5. Submitting your manuscript

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.

5.1 ORCID

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.

We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

5.2 Information required for completing your submission

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

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.

5.3 Permissions

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.

6. On acceptance and publication            

6.1 SAGE Production

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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

6.2 Online First publication 

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.

6.3 Access to your published article 

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your 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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.  

7. Further information

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: katie.nudd@fl.nudd.org.uk 

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 (katie.nudd@fl.nudd.org.uk). 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. We strongly urge each paper in the theme issue to be within an 8,000 word count (slightly shorter than our typical manuscripts), including references. 

 

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. 

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