Journal of Education for Sustainable Development

Journal of Education for Sustainable Development

Kartikeya V Sarabhai Director, Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad, India
Prithi Nambiar Executive Director, Centre for Environment Education (CEE) Australia Inc., Sydney, Australia

eISSN: 09734074| ISSN: 09734082|Current volume: 9|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-annually

Call for Papers

The Journal of Education for Sustainable Development (JESD) is a forum for academics and practitioners to share and critique innovations in thinking and practice in the emerging field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). A peer-reviewed international journal, JESD aims at global readership and is published twice a year.

The journal seeks articles from the field of environmental education, which pioneered much of the work in ESD, as well as from economics, communications, education, social sciences and the humanities.

The journal is formatted in sections of news, opinion, project descriptions, research, academic opportunities and reviews. Research articles develop, test, or advance ESD theory, research or practice. Project descriptions focus on innovative ESD projects and programmes. A special section addresses international news and events related to the Education for Sustainable Development. The journal publishes reviews of books, videos/films, curricula, and other print and nonprint ESD materials and programmes. Notes and comments from readers continue the discussion.

Contributions to all sections are welcome.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Education for Sustainable Development (JESD) publishes empirical as well as research articles, reports and essays relating to all aspects of the emerging field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as it is practiced in formal primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, community organisations, government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organisations around the world.

Launched during the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), the journal seeks to provide an ongoing forum to share, analyze and examine thinking and practice in ESD; and to keep academics and practitioners abreast with the latest developments in the field. The scope of content is kept wide so as to cover all fields of formal and non formal ESD. The journal shares how teachers and educators in diverse fields can facilitate learning that is multidisciplinary, cross-cutting and holistic while enabling learners to address issues of local as well as global importance. Additionally, it aims to strike a balance in the geographical focus by covering innovations and research right across the globe.

The journal invites articles from the field of environmental education–which pioneered much of the work in ESD; as well as from all diverse disciplines as part of the urgent need to integrate ESD thinking and practice into every aspect of human activity. The journal specifically invites research articles on pioneering work in integrating ESD into disciplines in ways that challenge the traditional silo approach to education and practice.

Research Editor
M J Ravindranath Senior Programme Specialist, Centre for Environment Education, Bangalore, India
Reviews Editor
Wynn Calder Director, Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, Wayland, MA, USA
Assistant Editor
Padma G Programme Coordinator, Centre for Environment Education, Kannur, India
Editorial Board
Peter Blaze Corcoran Director, Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers FL, USA
Zinaida Fadeeva Research Fellow, Education for Sustainable Development Programme, UNU-IAS, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan
John Fien Professor of Sustainability, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Maocir Gadotti Director General, Paulo Freire Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil
James Hindson Environmental Education Consultant, Shrewsbury, UK
Ryokichi Hirono Professor Emeritus, Seikei University, Tokyo, Japan
Charles Hopkins UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development, York University, Toronto, Canada
Laila Iskandar Kamel Chairperson, CID Consulting, Cairo, Egypt
Alexander Leicht Chief of the Section for Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO, Paris, France
Frans Lenglet Director, Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development, Gotland University, Visby, Sweden
Rupert Maclean Chair Professor of International Education, UNESCO Chair in TVET & Lifelong Learning, & Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning Research & Development, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Rosalyn McKeown Programme Specialist, Section for Education for Sustainable Development, Division for Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO, Paris, France
Akpezi Ogbuigwe Head, Environment Education and Training, United Nations Environment Programme, Nigeria
Mary Joy Pigozzi Senior Vice President and Director, Education Quality Academy for Educational Development Washington DC, USA
Mahesh Pradhan Head, Environmental Education and Training Unit, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya
Ahmad Qablan Associate Professor of Science Education, Department of Curricula & Instruction, College of Educational Sciences, the Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan
Heila Lotz Sisitka Deputy Head, Department of Education, Rhodes University, South Africa
Jim Taylor Director, Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, Howick, South Africa
Daniella Tilbury Director, International Research Institute in Sustainability (IRIS), University of Gloucestershire, UK
Mirian Vilela Executive Director, Earth Charter International, UNESCO Chair for ESD & The Earth Charter, University for Peace, Costa Rica
A H Zakri Director, Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, University Sains, Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
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  • Manuscript Submission

    We seek well-researched articles and critical analyses of philosophies, policies and issues; substantiated reports on innovative projects, activities, initiatives and best practices that have relevance or implications for other practitioners; reviews of educational materials and programmes, and news on upcoming events as well as highlights of relevant conferences and meetings.

    1. Correspondence: Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be addressed to: The Editor, Journal of Education for Sustainable Development at
    2. Author information: Contributors must provide their designation, affiliation, complete postal and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers with their papers. Please provide information for a very brief author blurb including any relevant current works or other expertise in the topic of the article.
    3. Format: All articles must be submitted in electronic format in MS Word using default settings. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150 words. Authors should provide up to five keywords to assist in the indexing of their article. Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
    4. Word limit: Articles should be no more than 8,000 words. Shorter articles are encouraged, especially in the conceptual and descriptive categories. News articles and conference reports should be no more than 1,500 words.
    5. Spellings: Use British spellings throughout (‘labour’ not ‘labor’, ‘centre’ not ‘center’); but use ‘z’ spellings instead of ‘s’ spellings. This means that words ending with ‘-ise’, ‘isation’, etc., will be spelt with ‘z’ (e.g., ‘recognize’, ‘organize’, ‘civilize’). Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed.
    6. Quotes: Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.
    7. Numbers: Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent, not %). Use thousands and millions.
    8. Italics & Diacriticals: Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized, but used consistently.
    9. Heading levels within an article should be limited to two, or at most three. Avoid lengthy headings and do not number them.
    10. Tables and figures must be numbered sequentially and indicated by number in the text (see Table 1, see Figure 1), not by placement (see Table below). The tables and figures should be gathered together at the end of the article. All Figures and Tables should be cited in the text. Source for figures and tables should be mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions. Figures, including photographs, can be submitted as TIFF or JPEG files. Do not provide excessive formatting for tables and figures. Each table or figure should have a heading, an explanatory caption if necessary, and a source or reference. Photographs should have a heading, caption and credit for the photographer or source.
    11. Permissions to reproduce any photographs, tables, figures or extended quotations of material from other sources must be obtained by authors prior to submission.
    12. Endnotes should be numbered serially and placed at the end of the manuscript. Notes, when used, must contain more than a mere reference.
    13. References: An alphabetical list of all books, articles, essays, theses and electronic material referred to in the text (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) must be provided at the end of the article.

    The style of referencing for published sources is as follows:

    Inverted names: In each reference, authors' names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author's name.

    Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.

    Chronological listing: If you have more than one work by the same author(s), list them in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.

    Sentence case: In references, follow sentence case for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.

    Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case.

    Reference styles:

    Calfee, R.C., & Valencia, R.R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

    Article in an edited book
    O'Neil, J.M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B.R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107–123). New York: Springer.

    Conference Proceedings
    Schnase, J.L., & Cunnius, E.L. (Eds). (1995). Proceedings from CSCL '95: The First International Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

    Article from the web
    Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149. Retrieved from

    Journal Article
    Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(30), 5–13.

    Newspaper Article
    Schultz, S. (2005, 28 December). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.

    14. In-text References: The reference to other works should be provided in the text using citations written in the author-date method.

    Author-date method: Follow the author-date method of in-text citation, e.g., (Jones, 1998).

    Quotes: When directly quoting from a work, include the page number in the citation.

    Citation styles:

    One Work by One Author: (Walker, 2000)

    One Work by Two Authors: (Walker and Wasserstein, 2000)

    One Work by Three or More Authors: (Wasserstein et al., 1994)

    Works with No Author: Cite the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year, for example (‘Study Finds’, 1982).

    Two or More Works by Different authors in One Citation: (Balda, 1980; Kamil, 1988; Pepperberg and Funk, 1990)

    Two or More Works by the Same Author(s) in One Citation: (Edeline and Weinberger, 1991, 1993)

    Two or More Works Published in the Same Year by the Same Author(s): (Johnson, 1991a, 1991b, 1991c)

    Authors with the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names: (E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998).

    Work discussed in secondary source: In the text, name the original work, and give a citation for the secondary source. For example, if Seidenberg and McClelland's work is cited in Coltheart et al. and you did not read the original work, list the Coltheart et al. reference in the References. In the text, use the following citation: In Seidenberg and McClelland's study (as cited in Coltheart, Curtis, Atkins and Haller, 1993)....

    15. Book Reviews must contain name of author/editor and book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages and price.

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