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Environmental Humanities publishes articles, provocations, review essays, short commentary pieces, and entries in the Living Lexicon for Environmental Humanities. Further information on these formats and on how to submit a proposal to the journal is provided below.
Environmental Humanities also publishes special issues/sections. If you would like to propose such a collection, please contact the editors.
All submissions made to the journal should be the original work of the author/s and should not have been published or be under consideration for publication with another journal or publisher. Some exceptions may be made; please contact the editors to discuss further.
General information on formats
Articles should be 5,000–9,000 words in length. As an interdisciplinary, international journal, we are particularly interested in publishing articles that are both accessible and of interest to a wide audience within the environmental humanities and beyond. Articles are rigorously peer-reviewed following standard academic double-blind procedures.
Provocations should be 5,000–9,000 words in length. This section provides a space for writing that grapples with an important topic in a passionate and insightful way. Often contributions are a little less "academic" in style and are deliberately designed to push scholarship in a particular, often uncomfortable, direction—in short, to provoke. These articles are double-blind peer-reviewed in the standard manner employed by the journal.
Review essays should be 3,000–6,000 words in length. They should offer in-depth discussion of new and/or significant texts in this emerging interdisciplinary field (ideally, 2–3 books or other substantial texts). Review essays should aim to be evaluative but also synthetic and generative, exploring emergent themes or gaps in scholarship and drawing together ideas and conversations to position them within (or in relation to) the broader environmental humanities. Review essays are rigorously peer-reviewed following standard academic double-blind procedures. Environmental Humanities does not publish single book reviews.
Commentary pieces should be 1,000–3,000 words in length. The commentary section of the journal is a space for informed discussion of key themes in the environmental humanities, especially as the field is taking shape in the published work in this journal. Contributions are expected to connect to and engage with discussions in this journal and beyond. These pieces are not peer-reviewed but are moderated by the editorial team.
Entries in the Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities should be roughly 1,000 words in length. These pieces are both scholarly and creative and include personal reflections by authors and experimental musings based on their own research. The Lexicon aims for concise, provocative prose rather than dictionary-style entries. Lexicon entries are peer-reviewed using a standard double-blind process.
These submissions to Environmental Humanities should be made in the form of a 250-word abstract emailed to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All abstracts should include a title and full contact details for the author(s) and should be submitted as a Word or RTF file rather than as a PDF or in the body of an email. In addition, review essay abstracts should list the texts to be discussed and note the broader thematic issues to be explored in the essay.
On the basis of the submitted abstract, the editors will determine whether a full article/essay should be submitted. Turnaround for abstracts will generally be two weeks.
If an article/review essay is submitted and deemed to be suitable for publication by the editorial team, it will be refereed following standard double-blind academic peer review procedures.
Submitting a commentary piece
A full draft of a proposed commentary piece can be emailed to the editors at email@example.com.
As there is no formal peer review process for these pieces, authors do not need to remove identifying features from them. The editorial team will review all commentary submissions and determine whether they are appropriate for publication in the journal. If so, they will provide editorial feedback. Turnaround for a reply to commentary pieces will generally be four to five weeks.
Submitting an entry to the Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities
To propose a new entry for the Living Lexicon, please send an initial inquiry with the proposed keyword to the Lexicon Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formatting an initial submission
If a full submission is invited, please observe the following basic formatting guidelines.
Environmental Humanities is published in English (with US English spelling conventions).
In general, the journal uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Citations should take the form of footnotes, and a full bibliography should be included.
Submissions should be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman, left justified, and 1.5 spaced.
No indication of the author’s identity or institutional affiliation should be included (so as to facilitate standard blind peer review). Authors should also remove any references to their own work within the text and replace them with "Author" and the year of publication.
Headings should be in bold on a separate line but otherwise should be formatted the same as the main text.
Formatting an accepted manuscript
Once an article is given final acceptance for publication, we ask authors to ensure that all formatting conforms to the journal's style guide.
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Environmental Humanities is a peer-reviewed, international, open-access journal. The journal publishes outstanding interdisciplinary scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences, around significant environmental issues. Environmental Humanities has a specific focus on publishing the best interdisciplinary scholarship; as such, the journal has a particular mandate to:
1. Publish interdisciplinary papers that do not fit comfortably within the established environmental subdisciplines, and
2. Publish high-quality submissions from within any of these fields that are accessible and seeking to reach a broader readership.
Management and Oversight
Environmental Humanities is funded and managed by a collaborative partnership between Concordia University, Canada; Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, Australia; University of California, Los Angeles, USA; Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; Environmental Humanities Program, University of New South Wales, Australia.
The journal is overseen by a Management Committee, currently comprising two editors and the following partner representatives: Jill Didur (Concordia), Matthew Kearnes (UNSW), Iain McCalman (Sydney), Anahid Nersessian (UCLA) and Nina Wormbs (KTH).
The Living Lexicon
The Living Lexicon is a series of 1,000-word essays on keywords in the Environmental Humanities that highlight how each term can move the field forward under the dual imperative for critique and action.
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