Sustainable Development

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Edited By: Prof. Richard Welford, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Impact Factor: 1.884

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 9/55 (Planning & Development)

Online ISSN: 1099-1719

Associated Title(s): Business Strategy and the Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Environmental Policy and Governance

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission. Sustainable Development operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the Sustainable Development online submission site. 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.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.
LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.


NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

Authors must only supply by postal mail to the Editorial Office:

  • a Copyright Transfer Agreement with original signature(s) - without this we are unable to accept the submission, and
  • permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form .

The Copyright Transfer Form and the Permissions Form should be sent to the editorial office that has received the submitted manuscript. The forms must be sent immediately following the online submission of your article.

Editorial Office: ERP Environment, Office A, 15th Floor, Wing Cheong Commercial Building, Nos. 19-25 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong.

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.

IMPORTANT: This journal operates a double blind reviewing process whereby the Reviewer is not aware of the Author's identity. In order to facilitate this please follow the instructions below very carefully. Ensure your manuscript text does not contain any direct reference to you or your co-Authors. Upload the main text of your manuscript with the file designation Main Document. The title page should contain just the title and keywords. Upload a secondary title page as a separate document. Use the file designation Supplementary Material Not for Review. The secondary title page should contain the article title and full names and address of all authors.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

  • The secondary title page must list the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including e-mail, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .
  • Full length papers should be between 3500 and 6000 words long.
  • Supply an abstract of up to 150 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

Reference style . References should be cited in the text as name and year and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al ., 1998)

All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI * for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Ryan P, Waynparb N. 2004. Green space sustainability in Thailand. Sustainable Development 12 : 223-237. DOI: 10.1002/sd.235.

Ashworth JM, Corlett RT, Dudgeon D, Melville DS, Tang SM. 1993. Hong Kong Flora and Fauna: Computing Conservation-Hong Kong Ecological Database . World Wide Fund for Nature: Hong Kong.

Foy G, Daly H. 1992. Allocation, distribution and scale as determinants of environmental degradation: case studies of Haiti, El Salvador and Costa Rica. In The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Economics , Markandya A, Richardson J (eds). Earthscan: London; 294-315.

The Geriatric Website. 1999. [1 April 1999]

*The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi
Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

The cost of printing colour illustrations will be charged to the author. There is a charge for printing colour illustrations of £350 per page. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

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To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (digital object identifier) and append it to "" as per following example:
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To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:
Oestreicher, N., The cost of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early-stage breast carcinoma, Cancer 10(1) , pp. 2054 - 2062, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.21464.

Copyright. To enable the publisher to disseminate the author’s work to the fullest extent, the author must sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement , transferring copyright in the article from the author to the publisher, and submit the original signed agreement with the article presented for publication. A copy of the agreement to be used (which may be photocopied) can be found in the first issue of each volume of Sustainable Development and on the Wiley InterScience website at Copies may also be obtained from the journal editor or publisher.

Further Information . Proofs will be sent by email to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

English Checking Service for Authors in Asia (from non-English-speaking countries) A list of recommended English editing services is available for authors who want to have their papers checked and improved before submission. This list and further information on the service is available at Please note that this is an optional service paid for by the author. For any queries please contact the Wiley Tokyo editorial office by fax on 81 3 3556 9763 or email