Environmental Development: Mission, Aims and Editorial Policy

Elsevier and SCOPE, a global and multidisciplinary network of experts in the field of the environment and ecology have partnered to publish the journal Environmental Development. Editor in Chief: Theo Beckers, Tilburg Sustainability Center (beckers@tilburguniversity.edu).

Environmental Development, the new journal, is a forum for transnational communication, discussion and global action that publishes peer-reviewed articles to stimulate the exchange and linking of traditional scientific knowledge on the environment with the experiential knowledge and know how among decision makers and other stakeholders.  It is designed to provide a pro-active, authoritative source of information for researchers, postgraduate students, policymakers, and managers, to bridge the gap between fundamental research and application in management and policy practices, and to reduce the delay between research and publication. It seeks to draw together natural sciences and social and behavioral sciences, to strengthen the collaboration between the developed and developing world, and to link environmental research to the broader issues of economic and social-cultural developments.

There is now a critical need to develop a global knowledge base, rooted in fundamental research with a high potential for application and the development of regional and context-based instruments for ecological preservation and environmental management and policy. Environmental Development will challenge traditional environmental science and research by seeking out papers that will expand the frontiers of environmental sciences, point to new directions and give innovative answers, and provide new policy strategies and management tools for governments, businesses and societies in general. The journal will also involve invited contributions from decision makers, highlighting the issues from policy and management perspectives.

Environmental Development welcomes contributions from the younger generation of researchers. All submissions to Environmental Developmentwill be reviewed using the general criteria of quality, originality, precision, relevance and importance of topic and insights, clarity of exposition, and pertinence to the journal's aims. Articles corresponding to the following categories are welcome.

  • Theoretical and methodological development (maximum 8000 words);
  • Analysis of quantitative and qualitative data (maximum 8000 words);
  • Region-specific case-studies (maximum 6000 words);
  • Development of new management tools and policy instruments (maximum 6000 words);
  • Policy reviews and debate (maximum 6000 words);
  • News, views and commentary (maximum 2000 words);
  • Book reviews (maximum 1000 words).

Environmental Development

Editor in Chief:  Theo Beckers
Associate Editors:  John Giesy and Yonglong Lu

Regional Editors:  Alex Awiti (Africa), Ambui Sagar (Asia), Venugopalan Ittekkot (Europe), Jerry McBeath (North America), John Freney (Pacific), and Reynaldo Victoria (South America)

Editorial Board:  Joseph Alcamo, Philippe Bourdeau, Deliang Chen, Robert Costanza, Rocio Araceli Diaz-Chavez, Joseph Fiksel, Peter Gilruth, Barbara Göbel, Bernard Goldstein, Katharine Hayhoe, John Ingram, Natarajan Ishwaran, Kevin Jones, Kurunthachalam Kannan, James Kinyangi, Rob Maas, Luc Maene, Susan Mainka, Jerry Melillo, Arthur Mol, Bedrich Moldan, H.A. Mooney, David Norse, David Richardson, Paul G. Risser, Joyashree Roy, Paul Snelgove, Carolyn Stephens, Holm Tiessen, Bernhard Truffer, Diana Wall, Rusong Wang, Mike Young, and Robert  Zougmoré

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