About the Journal

Aims & Scope

The IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment aims to become a flagship, publishing only the best articles in all subjects covered (sustainability, energy and environmental issues).

The articles can cover one or more of the following subjects: (1) agroecology, (2) aquatic and marine ecology, (3) biogeochemistry, (4) biogeography, (5) community ecology, (6) conservation biology, (7) ecological anthropology, (8) ecological design, (9) ecological
economics, (10) ecological engineering, (11) ecological succession, (12) ecophysiology, (13) ecotoxicology, (14) energy, (15) environmental psychology, (16) environmetrics/quantitative ecology, (17) evolutionary ecology, (18) forest ecology, (19) human ecology, (20) hydrobiology, (21) industrial ecology, (22) microbial ecology, (23) population ecology, (24) restoration ecology, (25) social ecology, (26) soil ecology, (27) sustainability, (28) systems ecology, (29) theoretical ecology, (30) urban ecology. IJSEE accepts articles on theoretical issues, full and brief research reports, but also opinion articles, conference reports, extensive literature reviews and book reviews.

The journal editor welcomes submissions related to sustainability, energy and the environment from academics, practitioners and professionals from within the field. Full papers submitted to the related IAFOR conference proceedings research repositories will also be considered, providing that they meet the journal submission guidelines. Authors will be contacted if their paper is selected for review. All papers are reviewed equally according to standard peer review processes, regardless of whether or not the authors have attended a related IAFOR conference.


Submission Fee

There is no submission fee for the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment.


Page and Colour Charges

There are no page or colour charges for the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment.


Editorial & Peer Review Process

The journal observes a strict peer-reviewing procedure; no research manuscript is accepted or published without peer review, although book reviews and editorials undergo a shorter review process. IJSEE is published online and made freely available; neither authors, nor editors, nor reviewers are remunerated, and authors will have their work published at no cost if the reviewers recommend their submission for publication.

The review process consists of several steps:

  1. Eligibility is checked by the Editor, and only complete submissions fully compliant with our policies and with the Author Guidelines, designed to ensure an unbiased, competent double blind peer review, are accepted further;
  2. Primary checking by a member of the Editorial Board – only papers that are written in correct and fluent English at high standards, with sufficient references to the worldwide mainstream literature, showing sufficient evidence of research (as a research article or comprehensive review) and fitting with the topics the journal covers are accepted further;
  3. 1–3 rounds of in-depth review, carried out by two reviewers, one proposed by the authors and another one from the team of the Editorial Board member handling the submission (either or both of them can be replaced by other reviewers registered or identified by the Editorial Office); if they disagree, the Editorial Board member assigned to the submission acts as a third reviewer;
  4. Final checking of the revised article by the Editorial Office, for publication purposes.

Responsibilities of the Authors
The submission of a paper implies that it has not been published or submitted and is not considered for publication by any other journal and in any other language, that the research described in the paper is original, and the presentation does not violate author’s rights or copyright. In addition, the contents of the paper must be known and approved by all authors, who contributed to writing the paper and/or the research described within. Authors assume full responsibility for the contents, correctness and originality of the submissions.

Responsibilities of the Reviewers
Reviewers must inform the Editor in Chief if they cannot evaluate an article for any reason, including the fact that it does not fit with their background or determines a conflict of interests. Otherwise, they must complete the process by submitting a complete Review Form. No other means of communication can replace the Review Form, unless previously agreed with the Editor in Chief. If the reviewers do not return a Review Form, the submission is reassigned to a different reviewer.

Responsibilities of the Editorial Board
The Editor in Chief, Associate Editors and members of the Editorial Board must ensure a correct, unbiased and competent review by securing the double blindness of the review process, assigning submissions to reviewers based on matching the research areas to those of the submissions, and providing active solutions to potential conflicts during the reviewers and authors while keeping each other’s identity undisclosed to its counterpart.

Please view the Publication Ethics page for information on conflicts of interest.