● Information on submitting poetry
● Information on submitting fiction
● Information on submitting artworks
● – Convocatoria a Artistas (Spanish translation)
The Journal publishes a mixture of commissioned and unsolicited content. Prospective authors are advised to read through the information presented below, as well as our mission statement and aims, to help with preparing a submission. The submission process is handled by email. In order to initiate correspondence with us, please get in touch using our contact form.
● To ensure that we can process your submission, please contact us early in the writing process with a bullet-pointed proposal of what you plan to cover.
● While we are looking for intellectual rigour, contributions should – owing to the breadth of topics covered within the scope of the Journal – be aimed at a non-specialist audience.
● We are particularly keen to be sent pieces with practical messages offering a 'way forward'.
● At the time of submission please supply: [A] a short paragraph to summarize for peer reviewers how your piece is ecocentric in its approach (an essential condition for publication); and [B] confirmation that your piece has not been published already in any form and is not in consideration for any other website or publication.
● We are unable to accept pieces in which the references have not been formatted to our house style (see below).
Submissions to this issues are now closed.
This issue will have a partial focus on art. ‘Art’ usually means an activity in which aesthetics is central, and which often eventuates in an artefact: a painting or drawing, or piece of music, or sculpture, and so on. But there is art of another kind which embraces a way of life: not necessarily producing anything, but living aesthetically.
This issue is open to submissions of, or concerning, both kinds of art, whether as text or as images. Our understanding is that we are all natural beings – embodied, embedded and constituted by the more-than-human natural world – and culture is part of our nature. So this issue will be devoted to art which recognises, acknowledges, celebrates and ultimately gives back to nature.
If you are submitting text, please remember that The Ecological Citizen is not a specialist journal, so your article must be accessible to a general audience.
The deadline for submissions is the end of November 2021.
You are invited to submit pieces on the theme of plants and fungi for this issue. The deadline for submissions is the end of May 2022.
You are invited to submit pieces on the theme of rewilding for this issue. The deadline for submissions is the end of November 2022.
● 500–1000 words (the closer to 500 the better) plus up to five references
● Provides a concise viewpoint on a particular issue
● 1000–2000 words (the closer to 1000 the better) plus up to ten references
● Offers a more developed perspective on a particular issue
● 2000–3000 words plus up to 20 references
● Considers a broader issue in a balanced fashion
● 750–1500 words plus up to five references
● 750–1500 words plus up to five references
● 750–1500 words
● Provides a first-hand account of living among other species
● Biodiversity and bioabundance
● Protection and restoration of wilder habitats
● Animal welfare
● Energy and climate change
● Waste and toxics
● Human overpopulation and overconsumption
● Philosophical aspects of ecocentrism, deep ecology and deep green ethics
● Earth-centred law
● Ecological aesthetics and art
● The ecological potential of urban life
● Religious support for protecting the ecosphere
Factors that will be taken into account in peer review will be:
● Clarity and accuracy of prose
● Novelty of the ideas presented
● Whether or not criticism is fair and constructive (and balanced with positive alternatives)
● Potential impact in meeting one or more of the Journal's aims
Please submit the text along with any tables and boxes together in a single word-processor file, and send through any figures as individual files.
The file should contain the following sections.
1 A title of up to 100 characters including spaces
2 A running head of up to 50 characters including spaces
3 Full names and very brief biographical details for each author
Please note that we allow no more than eight authors per piece
4 Preferred means of receiving correspondence if there is a corresponding author
5 Disclosure of any funding that has been received for the piece and any financial conflicts that any of the authors may have
6 Confirmation that the piece is not being considered by another journal
7 Confirmation that you have permission for any tables or figures taken from another source to be reproduced in the Journal at no cost to the Journal
8 A note if you wish for a different arrangement from our copyright agreement, which is that copyright of the piece remains with the author(s) but that the Journal has the right for it to appear on its website in readable and printable format indefinitely, and the right for all published works to be translated into other languages for further distribution
9 Confirmation that you, the submitting author, have permission to act on behalf of the co-authors throughout the publishing process (for multi-authored pieces)
● For Long Articles only: An unstructured abstract of 150–200 words, which should be written in the third person
● For all pieces: Up to five suggested keywords
● Please write the main body of the submission in the first person
● There should not be a heading used before the first paragraph of the main body, but otherwise headings should be used liberally to break up a piece, with up to three heading levels allowed
● This should include, but not be limited to, any sources of funding received by the author(s) in relation to the article
● Please disclose any conflicts of interest relevant to the submission
● Please format this in accordance with the house style below
● Please include titles and legends along with the tables and boxes
● The figures should be submitted as separate files from the main submission document
● Abbreviations should be defined at the point of their first usage, with the full version followed by the shortened form in brackets
● Try to limit the number of abbreviations used in the submission
● Articles submitted in American English will be edited to UK English
● Write dates in the format exemplified by: '7 August 2016'
● Figures, tables and boxes should work as stand-alone items, and thus abbreviations should be defined in a legend, independently of their appearance or non-appearance in the article
● A 'table' has more than one column; a 'box' is a single-column list or a block of text
● Number figures, tables and boxes consecutively and independently, according to their first point of citation, and use 'a', 'b' and so on to denote subcomponents
● For footnote symbols, use the following order: *; †; ‡; §; ||; ¶; **; ††; ‡‡; §§; ||||; ¶¶
● Use the name-and-year (Harvard) system for in-text citations – e.g. 'This has been exemplified by Arnold and Barnes (2012) and also described elsewhere (Chang, 2009)'
● Where there are three or more authors, give the first author's surname followed by: 'and colleagues', or an equivalent phrase, if in the flow of the text; or 'et al.' if in brackets – e.g. '(Dravid et al., 2009)'
● Where multiple references are cited at the same point in the text, they should be ordered chronologically first, and then alphabetically – e.g. '(Chang, 2009; Dravid et al., 2010; Arnold and Barnes, 2012)'
● If the same author or authors have multiple publications in the same citation, each citation after the first should be given with the year only – e.g. 'This has been demonstrated in three papers (Dravid et al., 2007; 2010; Arnold and Barnes, 2012)'
● Where direct quotations are provided, please provide the page number from the original source in the citation
● Statements supported by a personal communication should be indicated as such, including the name of the person – e.g. '(personal communication with Mark Franklin)' – but not listed in the references section
● Arrange references alphabetically first (breaking 'ties' on the first author by using the second author, and so on), and then chronologically
● If two or more references are so similar that they would lead to duplicated in-text citations, add lower-case letters immediately after the years (starting with 'a' and working along in the order of the reference list), in both the reference list and the in-text citation – e.g. '(Day et al., 2010a; 2010b)'
● Express page ranges without redundant numerals after the dash
● Present up to two initials for each author, with hyphenated first names indicated with a hyphen
● Write journal names in full
● Format journal article citations in the style of the following example: 'Harris AB, Harris J-M and Khan E (2013) Green economies: Determining if they are possible. Journal of Green Economies 9: 1243–8.'
● Issue numbers should not be given, but supplement details should be included, in parentheses between the volume number and the colon that follows it – e.g. 'Journal of Green Economies 9 (Supplement 2): 13–19.'
● Papers accepted but not yet published should be included in the reference list as 'in press' – e.g. 'Harris J-M (2016) Green economies: Where next? Journal of Green Economies 12: in press.'
● Format conference-presentation citations in the style of the following example: 'Jahani F (2015) Lessons from the front line. Presented at: 15th International Congress on Green Cities (oral 43). Freiburg, Germany, 11–13 March.'
● Format whole-book citations in the style of the following example: 'White F and Moore B (2014) Being green: What it actually means (2nd edition). Academic Press, London, UK.'
● Format single-chapter citations in the style of the following example: 'Fisher G (2012) Green education. In: Merrington B and Kriek U, eds. Green Citizenship: An introduction. Ecological Press Inc, NY, USA: 15–32.'
● Format web document citations in the style of the following example: 'Ng F (2013) Being green. Available at https://is.gd/49X1b9 (accessed May 2016).'