Submit your abstract or manuscriptThe Michigan Journal of Sustainability has an open call for high-quality article submissions that translate the latest in academic sustainability research across disciplines and to practitioners and policy makers.
Types of Articles:
Because of our online format and interest in reaching readers beyond the academy, we welcome submissions in a wide variety of formats.
- Articles: Reinterpretations of original research for non-specialist audiences, application-based projects, and review articles, especially those synthesizing a current research area or project and showing links to other disciplines and practical applications. Results should be of immediate use or importance to practitioners and policy makers, and wherever possible include policy recommendations. Length: no more than 5,000 words.
- Lab and Field Notes: Features research or projects-in-progress or shorter discussions about current lab or field research or on the ground projects. These may include write-ups of fieldwork and/or the process of conducting lab research or current experiences conducting sustainability related projects. The aim is to present the more descriptive aspects of the research or project, which may include preliminary results. Length: no more than 1,000 words.
- Seeing Sustainability: Photo essays, maps, videos, or drawings that show visual exploration of a sustainability-related theme. Framed by a written essay, as well as detailed captions, the sequence of images elicits and addresses questions about sustainability. Length: no more than 1000 words (essay portion) with up to 10 images with 100 word captions or 10 minutes of video.
- Teaching and Learning: Pieces focusing on critical issues in the classroom, informal learning environments, and higher education related to sustainability. Length: no more than 1,000 words.
- Reviews: Reviews of books, articles, tools, resources, or other compilations from leaders in the field. Length: no more than 1,000 words.
Optional Abstract Submission:
Because of the Journal’s unique mission of translating interdisciplinary sustainability research to a broad audience, we highly encourage prospective authors to submit an abstract before fully drafting their manuscript. The Editorial Board will review submitted abstracts for applicability to the Journal’s mission. The Editorial Board will also comment on whether the full manuscript is likely to be accepted and provide broad suggestions for the full manuscript. Note that final decisions to accept the article will be made following the submission and review of the full manuscript.
Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Authors should expect a response from the Editorial Board within six weeks of receipt of an abstract.
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words (excluding references), jargon-free, describe the focus of the article, and indicate how the work is relevant to an interdisciplinary audience of academics, practitioners, and/or policy makers. In addition, the document should include:
- names and affiliations of all authors
- the type of article proposed (e.g. feature article, seeing sustainability, lab/field notes, teaching and learning, or reviews).
Citations should be presented in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and in-text citations should appear in the author-date format [example: (Graham et al. 2014)]. Abstracts should be submitted through our online submission form.
Manuscript Submission and Review Process:
Manuscripts for consideration by the Journal should be submitted online. All submissions must adhere to the formatting guidelines below. The manuscript will first undergo a double-blind review by two in-field reviewers, an out-of-field reviewer, and a member of the Editorial board. Full articles will be reviewed for accuracy, quality, and relevance to the Journal’s focus. In addition, manuscripts will be rated in three areas to determine acceptance: (1) potential for idea transfer and development across fields; (2) immediate use for practitioners and policy makers; and (3) clarity and readiness for print.
Authors should expect a response from the Editorial Board within six weeks of receipt of a full manuscript, indicating whether or not the article will be sent out for peer review. Our aim is to expedite reviews so that an article suitable for publication will be available online within six months of submission.
If your manuscript involves human subject research or would reveal intellectual property, please do not submit your manuscript until you have the necessary approvals from your institution.
Digital files: Send only MS Word for PC files formatted to eliminate any special coding, such as that created by reference citation software. Include tables and figures in the same manuscript file.
Cover sheet: This should be a separate document, and should include the article’s title, authors’ full names and mailing addresses, the e-mail for the corresponding author, and up to three suggested reviewers.
- Title/Abstract page: On the first page of the manuscript, provide the article’s title, and an abstract (no more than 250 words) that includes: (1) the problem, (2) research strategy, (3) findings, and (4) takeaway messages for practice (e.g., how your findings are relevant to and important for sustainability issues). You should also include a note about which section the article is intended for (i.e., articles, lab and field notes, seeing sustainability, teaching and learning, or reviews).
- Section headings: Included bolded section headings, in 14-point Arial font, with no colon afterwards. Sub-headings should be in italics and in 12-point Arial.
- Identifying information: Any information that might directly identify the author or their position (including in-text and bibliographic references by authors and funding information) should be redacted to allow for blinded peer review.
- File naming: In order to maintain anonymity during peer review, the file name for the manuscript should be the title of the article followed by the date, in YYYY-MM-DD format. If a colon is used in the title, please use only the first clause (e.g. Limits to Growth 2014-09-23.doc)
- Tables and figures: In the text, indicate the appropriate location of each table and figure on a separate line, after the paragraph where it first appears. Place tables in numerical order at the end of the paper, followed by figures, with each table and figure on a separate page, each with complete title and notes. Do not embed tables in the text, and supply only tables that can be edited in MS Word or Excel. Please only use low-resolution images in the originally submitted manuscript file. Send separate high-resolution digital files for each figure only after the manuscript has been formally accepted. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction, as well as to “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). Use eps, tiff, psd, or jpg formats only.
- Type and spacing: Use 12-point Times New Roman type. Double-space all text except for tables and figures. Left justify the main text and indent first lines of paragraphs rather than spacing between them. Please include continuous line numbers.
- Citations and references: Citations should be presented in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and in the text should appear in author-date format example (Graham et al., 2014). No footnotes.
- Human Subjects Research: If your article uses direct quotes, it is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to use the interviewee’s name. Please indicate you have gained this permission by adding a disclaimer at the end of the piece that says the following: “All of the participants in our interviews gave us permission to use their names and direct quotes in this piece.”
Editing and Publication Process:
Manuscript Editing – The Editorial Board will provide authors with consolidated comments from the review process to suggest improvements for accuracy and clarity, to remove jargon, and to shorten length if necessary. Some articles may undergo a second round of peer review after changes have been made. The Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse any manuscript submitted, whether on invitation or otherwise, and to make suggestions and modifications to the text or images before publication.
Publication – Once accepted for publication, manuscripts will be copyedited and returned to authors for review. All corrections in proofs other than minor printing errors will be at the author’s expense.
Copyright of the work remains with the authors. If the article is published, all authors will grant to the Journal the following rights during the full term of copyright and any extensions or renewals of that term:
- An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to reproduce, republish, transmit, sell, distribute, and otherwise use the work in electronic and print editions of the Journal and in derivative works throughout the world, in all languages, and in all media now known or later developed.
- An irrevocable non-exclusive right to create and store electronic archival copies of the work, including the right to deposit the work in open access digital repositories.
- An irrevocable non-exclusive right to license others to reproduce, republish, transmit, and distribute the work under the condition that the authors are attributed. (Currently this is carried out by publishing the content under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license.)