1. Submission and Peer Review Process
2. Article Types
3. After Acceptance
4. Appendix

1. Submission and Peer Review Process

Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at 

For help with submissions, please contact: [email protected]

This journal does not charge submission fees.

Authors are strongly encouraged to read the Journal scope to ensure the proposed manuscript fits the Journal aims and objectives. 

Papers to be published in the Journal must be original and are expected to be of a high standard – not only in respect of their subject matter and its treatment, but also in the quality of the writing. Particular attention should be paid to clarity and conciseness of expression. Authors are encouraged to draw out generic messages from their work in relation to water and environmental management. This is particularly important for case study papers.

Papers must include a section within the Discussion detailing the practical relevance and potential applications of the work described, thereby demonstrating its value to readers working in environmental science and engineering and related practice.
All papers are expected to have a literature review setting the work in its research and practical context, as appropriate. We will sometimes publish papers consisting entirely of review material, provided they provide a critical overview and demonstrate original thought.

Those submitting papers derived from MSc, PhD thesis or consultancy reports should ensure they produce a concise summary of their work within the prescribed word limits, with clear contribution to knowledge and appropriate discussion. 

Papers submitted to Water and Environment Journal should encompass the principles of sustainable development as defined in the Bruntland Report (World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future, 1987). Papers which promote clearly unsustainable practices will not be accepted for publication. Authors should conduct and report research in an ethical manner and are required to sign a declaration that their work conforms to the legal requirements of the country in which it was carried out including those relating to the environment.


Expert referees assess each paper and a decision as to publication is made by the Editor-in-Chief on the basis of the referees’ reports. The editor’s decision is final. Where authors are invited to resubmit their paper for consideration in the journal, feedback is given to authors to help them with the revising of their papers. Where papers are not accepted for publication, it is not CIWEM’s policy to enter into correspondence with authors regarding the reasons for the rejection, beyond the feedback already provided. 


The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to amend a manuscript if it does not comply with the Institution's requirements and not to publish any parts which he considers superfluous or to which he takes exception. Authors are sent a final proof of their paper for checking prior to printing.


Attached to these author guidelines are three example papers for perusal by potential authors, providing an opportunity to gain an idea of the standard and style of papers typically submitted, and accepted, by the Journal. PDF versions of these papers can be accessed by clicking the links below. Please note that if your submission exceeds 5MB it may slow down the review process. If this is the case, please consider using lower resolution images and/or black and white charts and graphs. If the paper is accepted, higher quality images will be required by the publishers. For further information please contact  [email protected]

Article Preparation Support 
Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence. 

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.

Open Access
This journal is a subscription journal that offers an open access option. You’ll have the option to choose to make your article open access after acceptance, which will be subject to an APC. You can read more about APCs and whether you may be eligible for waivers or discounts, through your institution, funder, or a country waiver.

Preprint policy: 
Please find the Wiley preprint policy here.

This journal accepts articles previously published on preprint servers. Water and Environment Journal will consider for manuscripts previously available as preprints. You may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. You are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Data Sharing and Data Availability
This journal expects and peer reviews data sharing. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission. Water and Environment Journal recognizes the many benefits of archiving research data. Water and Environment Journal, expects you to archive all the data from which your published results are derived in a public repository. The repository that you choose should offer you guaranteed preservation (see the registry of research data repositories at and should help you make it findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-useable, according to FAIR Data Principles ( All accepted manuscripts are required to publish a data availability statement to confirm the presence or absence of shared data. If you have shared data, this statement will describe how the data can be accessed, and include a persistent identifier (e.g., a DOI for the data, or an accession number) from the repository where you shared the data. Authors will be required to confirm adherence to the policy. If you cannot share the data described in your manuscript, for example for legal or ethical reasons, or do not intend to share the data then you must provide the appropriate data availability statement. Water and Environment Journal notes that FAIR data sharing allows for access to shared data under restrictions (e.g., to protect confidential or proprietary information) but notes that the FAIR principles encourage you to share data in ways that are as open as possible (but that can be as closed as necessary).

Sample statements are available here. If published, all statements will be placed in the heading of your manuscript.

Data Citation 
Please review Wiley’s Data Citation policy.

Data Protection
By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication. Please review Wiley’s Data Protection Policy to learn more.

Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section.  Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature.

All listed authors should have contributed to the manuscript substantially and have agreed to the final submitted version. Review editorial standards and scroll down for a description of authorship criteria.

This journal requires ORCID. Please refer to Wiley’s resources on ORCID.

Reproduction of Copyright Material
If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is your responsibility to also obtain written permission for reproduction from the copyright owners. For more information visit Wiley’s Copyright Terms & Conditions FAQ.

The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce the material "in print and other media" from the publisher of the original source, and for supplying Wiley with that permission upon submission.

Title Page 

The title page should contain: 

i. A brief informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips); 
ii. The full names of the authors; 
iii. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted; 
The name(s) and appointment(s) of the author(s) should be given, and where applicable, the grade of CIWEM membership (e.g. MCIWEM; FCIWEM). If you are a member of a professional body please ensure that you include your post nominals after your name, for example if you are a Chartered Member of CIWEM or a Fellow of CIWEM this would be MCIWEM, C.WEM or FCIWEM, C.WEM respectively.
In the case of multi-author papers one author should agree to act as the corresponding author to whom queries and proofs will be sent. An e-mail address and other contact details for the corresponding author should be provided.

Main Text File
The main text file should be in Word.
Your main document file should include:
  • A short informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations;
  • The full names of the authors with institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted; 
  • Acknowledgments including funding details;
  • Research Highlights are mandatory for this journal as they help increase the discoverability via search engines. Research Highlights should be submitted in a separate editable file in the online submission system. Please use 'Research Highlights' in the file name and include 3 to 5 bullet points (maximum 85 characters, including spaces, per bullet point);
  • An abstract of not more than 200 words and not less than 100 words should be included at the beginning of the paper. It should briefly indicate the subject and scope of the paper, calling attention to points of special interest, e.g. gap in knowledge addressed and novelty, method of investigation, important results and strategic importance of the research in a global setting;   A Graphical Abstract Image that clearly represents the work described in the article must be included.  The Graphical Abstract Image should summarise the contents of the article in a concise, pictorial form designed to capture the attention of a wide readership online. The image supplied should fit within the dimensions of 50mm x 60mm and be fully legible at this size. Please include ‘Graphical Abstract Image’ in the file name;
  • Up to eight keywords; organized by alphabetical order and separated by semi-columns;
  • Main body: formatted as Introduction, Material and Methods; Results, Discussion and Conclusions. The Results and Discussion can be written sperate or combined; 
  • Acknowledgements detailing all funding sources including grant numbers, when applicable;
  • Data availability statement; 
  • References formatted according to the style detailed below;
  • Equations: should be numbered in the sequence they appear in the text using Arabic numerals (e.g.: “Equation 1” etc.)
  • Tables: should be numbered in the sequence they appear in the text using Arabic numerals (e.g.:  “Table 1.” etc.). each table should be complete with descriptive title on top of the table. Footnotes can be added if applicable. 
  • Figures: should be numbered in the sequence they appear in the text using Arabic numerals (e.g.:  “Figure 1; Figures 2a and 2b.” etc.). Each figure should be complete with descriptive title on the bottom of the figure and legends that should be supplied as a complete list in the text.

We encourage a single file with all the tables, figures and references in the manuscript rather than separate files.

The authors must use UK English spelling and avoid writing in the first person.

Use of Colour:
We recommend that illustrations are prepared so that they are accessible to our many colour-blind readers. The following sites contain useful information, tips and tools on appropriate use of colour in illustrations:

The following guidelines should be observed:
  • Avoid gratuitous colour: Grayscale generally provides a more faithful representation when a single quantity is being displayed
  • Avoid troublesome colour combinations: Figures with red and green are particularly problematic
  • Illustrations using green/red should generally be converted to green/magenta
  • If no suitable combination can be found, consider presenting separate monochrome images for the different colour channels
  • For line drawings that require colour, consider redundant coding by adding different textures or line types to the colours

The Système International (SI) should be used for all units of measurement as far as possible. The oblique stroke (e.g. m3/d; kg/ should be used instead of the negative index (m3.d-1; ; kg/ Temperature should be expressed in °C.

Reference Style
This journal uses Harvard Referencing System reference style. Review your reference style guidelines prior to submission. Authors are encouraged to use managing reference software, such as Mendeley.

In the text give the author’s name followed by the year in parentheses: Smith (2000). If several papers by the same authors and from the same year are cited, a,b,c etc should be inserted after the year of publication. Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Smith et al., 2000). In the reference list, references should be listed in alphabetical order. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data). 

Submissions are not required to reflect the precise reference formatting of the journal (use of italics, bold etc.), however it is important that all key elements of each reference are included. Please see below for examples of reference content requirements. 

Reference examples follow: 

Journal Article 
Benjamin van Rooij B, Stern RE and Fürst K. The authoritarian logic of regulatory pluralism: Understanding China's new environmental actors. Regulation & Governance 10: 3-13. 

Fujita M, Krugman P, Venables AJ (2001) The Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions, and International Trade. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 

Electronic material [homepage on the internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000–01 [Cited 2015 May 11]. Available from: 

Figures and Supporting Information
Figures, supporting information, and appendices should be supplied as separate files. You should review the basic figure requirements for manuscripts for peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. View Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Peer Review 
This journal operates under a single-blind peer review model. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements. Authors are encouraged to read the scope of the Journal carefully. 

In-house submissions, i.e. papers authored by Editors or Editorial Board members of the title, will be sent to Editors unaffiliated with the author or institution and monitored carefully to ensure there is no peer review bias.
Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process is available here.

Guidelines on Publishing and Research Ethics in Journal Articles
The journal requires that you include in the manuscript details IRB approvals, ethical treatment of human and animal research participants, and gathering of informed consent, as appropriate. You will be expected to declare all conflicts of interest, or none, on submission. Please review Wiley’s policies surrounding human studies, animal studies, clinical trial registration, biosecurity, and research reporting guidelines.

This journal follows the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly ( 

2. Article Types

Article Type Description Word Limit Other Requirements
Research Article Reports of new research findings or conceptual analyses that make a significant contribution to knowledge 7500 word limit, including full manuscript, references, figure and table titles (small figure/table equivalent to 250 words, large figure/table equivalent to 500 words) for all full length original research papers.   Data Availability Statement
Review Article Provides a critical and structural analysis of existing literature Should not exceed 10,000 word equivalents' calculated in the same way as full length original papers and should be submitted under the manuscript type "Review or Comment article" Data Availability Statement
Short Research Article Completed studies with a more focused and succinct contribution to the research program This manuscript type should be selected at the submission stage for papers between 1,500 and 2,500 words  
Discussion Written discussion in response to papers published in Water and Environment Journal is welcome. The authors of the original article will be invited to write a response and the comment and response articles will proceed through the review process together Individual items of discussion should not exceed 500 words in length and may be submitted through  


3. After Acceptance

Wiley Author Services
When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point as well as pay for any applicable APCs.

Copyright & Licensing
You may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or Open Access under the terms of a Creative Commons License. 

Standard re-use and licensing rights vary by journal. Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used. This journal uses the CC-BY/CC-BY-NC/CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons License.

Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies: Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions.

Accepted Articles
The journal offers Wiley’s Accepted Articles service for all manuscripts. Manuscripts accepted ‘in press’ are published online shortly after acceptance, prior to copy-editing or typesetting and appear in PDF format only. After the final version article is published (the article of record), the DOI remains valid and can still be used to cite and access the article.

Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a link and instructions for accessing HTML page proofs online. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email. 

Cover Image Submissions  
This journal accepts artwork submissions for Cover Images. This is an optional service you can use to help increase article exposure and showcase your research. For more information, including artwork guidelines, pricing, and submission details, please visit the Journal Cover Image page.  

Article Promotion Support 
Wiley Editing Services offers professional video, design, and writing services to create shareable video abstracts, infographics, conference posters, lay summaries, and research news stories for your research – so you can help your research get the attention it deserves.

Author Name Change Policy 
In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.

4. Appendix

Diagrams should be drawn without boundary boxes and should be as simple as possible but should contain enough information to be understood without reference to the text. Any map should include a compass point. Photographs can help to enhance the overall appearance of a paper. Captions should be concise and be listed on a separate page at the end of the paper.

When a paper is initially submitted all figures should be embedded into the main text file for review purposes. Please note that after acceptance separate high resolution print quality figures will be needed as described below.

Artwork requirements for accepted papers

Our preferred electronic file type is vector-format encapsulated postscript (EPS) because these images are scale able and therefore do not lose quality in the online PDF. All line drawings or photographs with added labelling should be supplied in EPS format. The best results are obtained with software applications that can output EPS format (Systat SigmaPlot; Adobe Illustrator; CorelDraw; Deneba Canvas; Macromedia Freehand) rather than ‘save as’ EPS format.

Half tones without any labelling can be supplied in TIFF format at 300 dots per inch minimum. If line drawings cannot be supplied as EPS files then they must be in TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi. These resolutions also apply to any images embedded into an EPS file.

Please click here for our artwork guidelines which provide further information on these formats. Please also see the illustration submission section in the ‘author resources’ section of the Author Services site. This page has some useful documents that explain why we use EPS and TIFF formats rather than JPEG or other formats.

Please carefully consider the choice of tones in black and white figures and ensure the grey scale is used effectively for better definition.

Supporting information
Supporting Information Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files.

Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit: