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The Journal of Record

Editor: Jamie Devereaux

ISSN: 1937-0695 • Published Bimonthly • Online ISSN: 1937-0709

Current Volume: 7

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  • Manuscript Submissions
  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies
  • Self-Archiving Policy
  • Open Access Policy
  • Manuscript Submissions

    Sustainability: The Journal of Record invites authors to submit any new manuscripts to be considered for publication to: Jamie Devereaux, Editor, Phone (914) 740-2237; Fax (914) 740-2101; E-mail: sustainability@liebertpub.com. Manuscripts, case studies, and inquiries should be submitted in Word document form via e-mail attachment to sustainability@liebertpub.com. You will receive an acknowledgment response within 24 hours of submittal.

    Sustainability: The Journal of Record
    is committed to providing a legitimate platform for sustainability researchers, change agents, and stakeholders to present original work, and express and exchange ideas in this increasingly important field.

    The Journal accepts research-based manuscripts for review as well as best practice case studies, and perspectives and commentary on newsworthy trends shaping sustainability in the culture.

    Some of the focus topics for authors to consider include (but are not limited to): programs to address climate change; energy, water, and resource conservation; behavior modification programs; the impact of change agents; bringing diversity into the sustainability field; melding budget cuts and sustainability; the built environment; green workforce development; best practice case studies from higher education, nonprofits, and the private sector; and sustainable agriculture and food programs.

    Manuscripts submitted to this Journal must not be under consideration elsewhere.

    Authors must include the paper’s title, corresponding author’s name, address, institutional affiliation(s), a telephone and fax number, (including the country and city code if outside the U.S.), and email address. The cover letter should indicate that the work has not previously been published, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that all authors have read and agree with the contents of the submission, and that all authors have contributed substantially to the work. 


    Unless rejected for publication, all submissions become the property of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


    Original manuscripts submitted for peer review may not exceed 3,000 words, not including abstracts, acknowledgments, disclosures, or references.

    Submissions of manuscripts must be double-spaced with margins of 1 inch on each side, and ample space on top and bottom.


    • Number each page of text consecutively. Number all figures and tables.
    • Title page must contain: 1) the complete title of the paper; 2) the full names (including first names), full mailing addresses, full contact information (telephone, fax, and E-mail address), and affiliations of each author; 3) a brief running title; 4) the corresponding author’s complete contact information including full mailing and e-mail addresses.
    • Abstract: 250 words or less, without the use of subheadings. References are not permitted in the abstract.
    • Introduction: Summarize the background of the technology and its significance and novelty. Results should NOT be included in the introduction.
    • Materials and Methods: Specific products and materials should be specified, marked with ™ or ® if they are trademarked or registered. These marks need only be cited at a product’s first mention in the abstract, and then once again in text. All acronyms and their definitions should be spelled out in a separate list on a separate page immediately after the title page. Use only acronyms in text. When using specific brand names,  please include the manufacturer’s name and location (including city and state) in parentheses.
    • Results.
    • Discussion: The results and discussion sections of short papers may be combined for more effective presentation.
    • Acknowledgments.
    • References. 


    Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Do not repeat information that is given in the text, and do not make a table for data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences. Provide titles for all tables. Define all acronyms in table footnotes. All other types of table footnotes should be designated using superscript letters, not symbols.

    All illustrations should be numbered and labeled with the first author’s name. A legend should be supplied for each illustration, and all legends numbered consecutively and provided (double spaced) on a separate page. All symbol definitions should be in figure legend, not as a key within the figure. If possible please use Arial font for figure text. Figures should be numbered in the order cited in the text. Images should not show the name of the manufacturer.

    A legend should be supplied for each figure, and all legends numbered consecutively and provided (double spaced) on a separate page as part of the text file. Figures should be numbered in the order cited in the text. Images should not show the name of a manufacturer or reveal patients’ name(s).
    Please keep in mind that the figures will be reduced, so please do not submit large figures/graphs that contain small type, as the text within the figure will not be readable after reduction.

    Please follow these instructions carefully when preparing figure files for uploading:

    • Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.
    • Do not prepare any figures in Word as they are not workable and will be rejected
      for reproduction.
    • Line illustrations must be submitted at 1200 DPI.
    • Halftones and color photos should be submitted at a minimum of 300 DPI. (NB: 600 DPI images are more desirable for reproduction.)
    • PowerPoint files are discouraged.
    • Save art as either TIFF or EPS files. Do not submit JPEG files. (JPEG files are for screen representation-quality only and will print very poorly during the printing process.) To ensure proper print quality, please submit only TIFF or EPS files.
    • Color art must be saved as CYMK, not RGB. NB: If RGB files are submitted, the files can be converted to CYMK but some color variation will occur.
    • Individual PDF files for individual figures may be provided, but are not encouraged. PDF files cannot be manipulated, so have original files are more preferable to work with.
    • Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table number. (ie: When figures or table files are opened, the figure or table number should appear inside the file.)


    Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.” In this portion of the paper, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance.

    If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist."


    All references must be cited in the text using a superscript Arabic number. Arrange the reference list in numeric order as cited in the text. Abbreviate journal names according to Serial Sources for the BIOSIS Data Base (BioSciences Information Service, 1992). References should be presented in the following style:

    Journal citation: Rowe D. Sustainability: Education for a sustainable future.
    Science 2007;317:323-324..
    Book citation: Blackburn WR. The Sustainability Handbook: The Complete Management Guide to Achieving Social, Economic and Environmental Responsibility. Environmental Law Institute, Washington, DC, 2007.

    Web sites: Author [if known]. Name of web page. Web address. (Last accessed on [date]).
    When dates from an unpublished source are given, supply the researcher’s name. If the work is in press, give the journal in which it is to be published.

    NOTE: Citations in articles focusing on legal subjects should be in Bluebook (18th ed.) format.


    • The author must obtain written permission from the publisher of the journal or book concerned for the reproduction of figures, tables, etc. from copyrighted materials.

    • The publication from which the figure or table is taken must be listed as a reference in the reference list.

    • An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list.


    Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author via e-mail. Please ensure that current e-mail addresses are provided with the manuscript. Because Sustainability is a rapid-publication journal, we request that page proofs containing corrections be returned to the Publisher within 24 hours of receipt. If the corresponding author expects to be unavailable at the time proofs are anticipated, please notify the Publisher and provide an alternate corresponding author and e-mail address.


    Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.


    Sustainability: The Journal of Record is owned and published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215. Telephone: (914) 740-2100; Fax: (914) 740-2101; Email: info@liebertpub.com; Online: www.liebertpub.com


  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies

    NIH Public Access Policy: In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final accepted paper (after copy-editing and proofreading) to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors. Authors need not take any action. The manuscript's public access posting on PMC will occur 12 months after final publication. This service is provided free of charge. Please note that authors may not deposit manuscripts directly to PMC or other sites without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Self-Archiving Policy

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a "blue" publisher (as defined by Sherpa), as we allow self-archiving of post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF.

    In assigning Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. copyright, the author retains the right to deposit such a 'post-print' on their own website, or on their institution's intranet, or within the Institutional Repository of their institution or company of employment, on the following condition, and with the following acknowledgement:

    This is a copy of an article published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] © [year of publication] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

    Authors may also deposit this version on his/her funder's or funder's designated repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication.

  • Open Access Policy

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    Ensure maximum visibility, discoverability, and impact for your article with our Liebert Open Access (OA) Option.

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    • Immediate, unrestricted global access in 170 countries
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    • Targeted email announcement highlighting your article to thousands of thought-leaders in your field
    • Rapid, rigorous peer-review and editorial attention
    • Fast Track online-ahead-of-print publication
    • Immediate upload to PubMed Central and other internationally recognized repositories*
    • Recognition on online Table of Contents with exclusive OA icon
    • Compliance with OA funding mandates with no embargo period
    • Savings on future OA article publication
    • Complimentary membership in AuthorCite®, the author services platform exclusively licensed by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. that delivers the tools you need to maximize your professional impact.

    These valuable benefits are included with a one-time article processing charge (APC). APC charge varies based on journal, membership, and subsequent submissions.

    Contact openaccess@liebertpub.com for questions on article Open Access options. 

     *Please note that PubMedCentral, not the Publisher, has sole control over when the paper is made live on PMC.


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    The Liebert Author Advocacy Program (LAAP) provides valuable membership benefits for OA publication to institutional and funding organizations, and supports global funding mandates.  Authors who are affiliated with LAAP member institutions receive all the valuable benefits of Liebert OA article publication, and more.

    For details, and to recommend institutional membership visit: www.authoradvocacy.com or contact laap@liebertpub.com 




The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.

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