Environmental Policy and Governance

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Edited By: Prof Andy Gouldson, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK

Impact Factor: 1.345

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 61/104 (Environmental Studies)

Online ISSN: 1756-9338

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

Author Guidelines

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Environmental Policy and Governance invites submissions of papers and proposals for special issues.

Papers – The journal invites analyses that are at the forefront of academic debates and that are of practical significance and policy relevance. In particular, papers that draw on, and contribute to the further development of, disciplines such as international relations, politics, law, economics, sociology, management, geography, development studies and science and technology studies are welcome, as are those that integrate the environmental sciences into contemporary debates on policy and governance. It particularly welcomes policy relevant contributions from the field of ecological economics.

Special Issues – The journal invites the submission of proposals for special issues on key themes and critical issues in environmental policy and governance. Proposals should be around 1,500 words in length, setting out the rationale for the special issue and the key themes that will be addressed and presenting abstracts of the papers to be included. Special issues should include an editorial review of around 3,000 words and 5 or 6 papers of up to 8,000 words each.

The Editors are happy to correspond about potential papers and special issues – please contact the editorial office for the journal via scottlam@erpenvironment.com.

Notes for Authors

Competition to be published in EPG is very high. Authors can maximize their chances of successful submission by submitting papers which comply with our requirements in the following areas:

Relevance to wider debates: We encourage authors to make linkages with debates of broad relevance to a range of countries and contexts, before illustrating their points with a specific case study if appropriate. Papers which focus exclusively on a single case study are generally too niche for the journal. Consider whether the ‘major/minor’ balance of your paper needs to be amended accordingly prior to submission.
Structure: Papers will typically be expected to contain an Introduction, a Literature Review, a Methodology, a Discussion and Conclusions. Consider whether your paper needs to be restructured accordingly prior to submission.
Formatting and quality of the English: Papers should be in the proper format as outlined below, and the quality of the English should be high, without grammatical or spelling mistakes. It may be advisable to have your paper checked by a native English speaker prior to submission.
Word length: Papers should normally be approximately 7,000 - 8,000 words in length, including a 250 word abstract, references, acknowledgements and footnotes / endnotes. We are unable to accept papers which are significantly under or over our word limit.

Our Review Process

All papers are subject to an internal review process in order to determine whether and where to send them for external review. If your paper does not fit our criteria as outlined above, we may decline to send it for external review, or we may invite you to revise and resubmit before it goes to external review.

Once we are satisfied that a paper meets our initial criteria for review, we will send it to two or more anonymous referees with expertise in the relevant area. We aim to give constructive and detailed feedback to authors in the form of a referee’s report. We aim to return referees’ reports to authors within 16 weeks, though this process can sometimes take longer. Depending on the feedback we receive from referees, we will then either accept the paper for publication, ask for minor or major revisions, or decline the paper.

Our final decision on publication will always be informed by the referees’ comments and by the authors’ response to requests for changes. We reserve the right to reject a paper even after it has been revised, if we are not satisfied with the quality of the authors’ response to the referees’ comments. However, we endeavour to minimize the risk of this happening by screening papers before they go to external review (as outlined above), and then inviting only authors of the strongest papers to revise and resubmit once referees’ reports are returned. We therefore encourage authors to ensure that their paper meets our criteria as closely as possible, and to respond as thoroughly as possible to referees’ comments, in order to maximize their chances of successful submission. Note that we allow authors up to two rounds of revisions before making a final decision on publication.

Once a paper has been accepted for publication, we are able to publish it online in 6-8 weeks, though paper publication usually takes between 6-12 months from acceptance.

Submitting your Paper

All papers (including those in special issues) must be submitted online via the online submission and peer review system that also allows authors to track their progress via a web interface. Submit your paper online at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/eet. 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.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. 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 Supplemental Material. 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 and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, 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).
  • Supply an abstract up to 250 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.
  • Provide up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
  • The word length is a minimum of 7,000 words, up to a maximum of 8,000 words.

Reference style. References should be cited in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. 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. 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:

Svendsen GT, Vesterdal M. 2003. Potential gains from C0 2 trading in the EU. European Environment 13 : 303-313. DOI: 10.1002/eet.329

Shiva V. 1992. The real meaning of sustainability. In The Environment in Question: Ethics and Global Issues, Cooper D, Palmer J (eds). Routledge: London, pp101-252.

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 in the journal will be charged to the author. 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.

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 European Environment. Copies may also be obtained from the journal editor or publisher, or may be printed from this website.

Further Information. Proofs will be sent by e-mail 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.

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