Natural Resources Forum

Cover image for Vol. 38 Issue 4

Edited By: Mohammad Reza Salamat

Impact Factor: 1.0

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 66/98 (Environmental Studies); 161/216 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1477-8947

Author Guidelines

The NRF, A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, considers papers on all topics relevant to sustainable development. Articles must be based on original research and must be relevant to policy-making. Contributions that inform the global policy debate based on experience at the local, national and global levels are encouraged. Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length.

Criteria for submitted articles include:

1) Relevance and importance of the topic discussed to sustainable development in general, both in terms of policy impacts and gaps in current knowledge being addressed by the article;
2) Treatment of the topic that incorporates social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable development, rather than focusing purely on sectoral and/or technical aspects;
3) Articles must contain original applied material drawn from concrete projects, policy implementation, or literature reviews; purely theoretical papers are not entertained.


Online Manuscript Submissions

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit their manuscripts online using ScholarOne Manuscript. To make a submission, simply visit Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (+1 434 964 4100) Monday-Friday, or at

All submitted articles should follow the Format Guidelines.


The NRF uses a two-tier reviewing system. In the first stage, the editorial team evaluates the paper on the basis of length and construction, clarity of the exposition, English language, and relevance of the topic to the Journal. The Editor also assesses whether the paper's findings are novel and ground-breaking enough to warrant publication in NRF.

Papers that pass the first stage are sent out for review to outside referees. Reviewers are queried not just on the scientific quality and correctness, but also on whether the findings are of interest to the Journal readership. The Editor relies on the referees' comments along with his own opinion of the manuscript to make a decision regarding publication. Decisions from the Editor are chosen from the following options:

  • to accept the manuscript as submitted or pending minor changes;
  • to request major or minor revision to the manuscript;
  • to reject the manuscript, but encourage revision and invite resubmission;
  • to reject the manuscript.

In order to expedite the decision process, authors sending a revised version of their article may also wish to include a note describing how the revised paper addresses the referees' comments. Revised papers may be sent back to referees for a second review. The review process continues until the Editor either rejects or accepts the paper. The role of the referees to the NRF is advisory. The final decision to accept or reject a manuscript rests with the Editor.


Manuscripts submitted for publication in the NRF, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal must comprise original, unpublished material not being submitted for publication elsewhere. It is important that the journal editors are notified if a version of a paper has been posted online or has been made available previously in any other form.

General Presentation
Manuscripts should be 6,000-8,000 words in length.
Text should be sent in an MS Word format (not as PDF).
A one-sentence blurb indicating the authors' current affiliation and email should appear as an unnumbered footnote at the bottom of the first page of text.

All parts of the text of the paper should be included in a single file. This includes tables and figures, which should be placed in their approximate locations within the text.

Please ensure that your submission meets the arrangement and specifications below:

  • Title, subtitle (if desired), authors' names, affiliation, full postal and e-mail addresses.
  • Abstract of up to 200 words outlining the aims, scope and conclusions of the paper. The abstract should not duplicate the introduction or any part of the article text.
  • Keywords should be indicated, after the abstract.
  • Main body of text suitably divided under headings (flush left). The journal normally uses 2 levels of headings, bold for main headings, and italics for sub-headings, sentence case, numbered hierarchically: 1., 1.1, 1.2, etc.
  • In the text:
    • Avoid third level headings;
    • Bullets may be used but sparingly;
    • Avoid footnotes where possible; use sparingly, for such items as hyperlink references or very technical details;
    • Figure and Table titles, legends and Sources;
    • All measurements should be given in metric (SI) units;
    • All monetary values should be in US$ or a conversion rate indicated at the first instance of an alternate currency.
  • Acknowledgements, if applicable.
  • References
  • Appendices, if applicable

Footnotes and References
The journal uses footnotes, not endnotes, for necessary explanations and asides. Please use only sparingly. Text references in-line are noted as (Author, year; AuthorB, yearB) inserted where quoted in the text. Directly quoted material must include a page number (AuthorC, yearC:###). All references should also be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper in a References section, which would appear after any Acknowledgements. Only those references quoted in the text should be listed. References must conform to journal style. Please consult past issues for guidance.

Tables, Figures and Other Illustrations
All illustrations must have captions. Tables/figures should be arranged with their captions in the text itself (not as separate files) as they will appear in the final printed form (see specific style of each below). If captions are included inside electronic artwork, excel charts, electronic figures etc, they should be removed and typed separately. Please make sure all illustrations and their captions are clearly cross-referenced.
Please indicate the source of all illustrations, if other than the author(s), or indicate “Source: Author’s elaboration.” underneath it. All illustrations should be referenced in the text, e.g. (see Figure 1). Please note that colour will only appear in online PDFs, since the journal is printed in black/white only, so please use graphic patterns (dotted, cross hatched, striped, etc.) for colours.
Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and given a suitable title/caption (appearing above the table, e.g., "Table 1. [caption]". Notes and source for tables should appear below the table (in a smaller font). Multiple notes to a table should be referred to by superscript letters. All table columns should have an explanatory heading.
Figures: Figures, graphs, diagrams and other drawings should be referred to as Figures and should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. For Figures, the caption should appear under the figure, preceded by the figure number, e.g., "Figure 1. [caption]". Authors should minimise the amount of descriptive matter on graphs or drawings, and refer to curves, points, etc, by their symbols. Descriptive matter should be placed in the caption, as a “Note:” and appear before the source reference. Scale grids should not be used in the graphs, unless required for actual measurements.
Photographs: Photographs are to be referred to as Plates, be numbered/sourced as Figures and Tables, and be at least 300DPI. Please insert photos at their approximate location in the text.

Please refer to Wiley Blackwell's instructions for submitting electronic artwork:


Visit the Author Services website to find out how authors can track the production status of their article online, choose to receive e-mail alerts on article status, and to get free access to their article when it is published online. Once proofs are ready, authors receive an email alert; proofs must be reviewed promptly. The publishers reserve the right to charge for any changes made at proof stage (other than printer's errors) since the insertion or deletion of a single word may necessitate the resetting of whole paragraphs.


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services (; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the ELF

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with a PDF to sign. The terms and conditions of the Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) can be reviewed in the PDF here. Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above. The completed PDF should be sent to the Journal Production Editor at

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version Funder arrangements

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal Production Editor at if you have additional funding requirements. Institutions Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license: Creative Commons Attribution License OAA To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit


Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at
All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.


Wiley Blackwell is able to host online approved supporting information that authors submit with their paper. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the printed edition of the journal. Authors should consult the individual journal's Editor to see whether supporting information is accepted. For more information please see


Each issue of the journal poses a question of relevance to sustainable development in the “Viewpoints” section of the journal. NRF invites practitioners and experts to share their perspective in about 200 words. Selected responses will appear in the “Viewpoints” section.

NRF welcomes reviews of recently published books with a focus on sustainable development. Reviews should range between 800-1200 words.

Viewpoints and Book Reviews may be submitted by e-mail at


The Publisher will provide PDF files of published articles, plus 2 copies of the entire issue, to each contributing author. Book reviewers and Viewpoints contributors will receive one copy of the whole issue, as will publishers of books reviewed.