Aims & Scope
Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is a global journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge scholarly works that have global significance. It provides a platform to facilitate an ideational understanding of international environmental policy, law, and institutional issues.
EPL aims to cater to the quest of the scholars and the decision-makers to address the environmental "world problematique." It will, where possible, also try to accommodate high-quality research works on regional and national (policy, law, and institutional) issues of significance that have global value as well as replicable in other parts of the world. EPL’s ideational vision and the content will be guided by this primary remit to pursue a pathway for a better common environmental future.
The journal welcomes submissions of articles that pertain to the above mentioned scope. Articles are only accepted for publication after a double-blind reviewing process and if they are in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines. EPL also publishes invited content and these articles will be refereed by the Editors.
By bridging both academic and professional domains in the environmental field, EPL seeks to serve the needs of professionals, practitioners, researchers, students, and policymakers. The journal invites contributions with legal analyses to remain at the forefront of the concerted scholarly discourse and provide practical solutions for global environmental challenges in the 21st century and beyond.
In January 2017, it was with deep sadness that we announced the passing of Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne, who was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Policy and Law. For a tribute, please visit this website.
Bharat H. Desai, PhD
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for International Legal Studies
IOS Press, Amsterdam
Wolfgang E. Burhenne†
Yann Aguila, Affiliate Professor
Sciences Po, Paris
Marisol Anglés-Hernández, PhD
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Institute of Legal Research, Mexico City
Ilker K. Basaran, PhD
Texas A&M University, Galveston, TX
Antonio Herman Benjamin, PhD
National High Court, Brasilia
Benjamin Boer, LLM
The University of Sydney Law School, Sydney
Klaus Bosselmann, PhD
University of Auckland, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, Auckland
Edith Brown Weiss, PhD
Georgetown University, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC
Philippe Cullet, JSD
SOAS University of London, School of Law, London
Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
David Freestone, LLD
George Washington University, Law School, Washington, DC
Anna Grear, BCL
Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff
Camena Guneratne, PhD
Open University of Sri Lanka, Department of Legal Studies, Sri Lanka
Jordi Jaria-Manzano, PhD
Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies, Tarragona
Kirk W. Junker, PhD
University of Cologne, Faculty of Law, Cologne
Michelle Lim, PhD
Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University
Said Mahmoudi, LLD
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, Stockholm
Nele Matz-Lück, PhD
Kiel University, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, Kiel
Owen McIntyre, PhD
University College Cork, School of Law & Environmental Research Institute, Cork
Elisa Morgera, PhD
University of Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow
Melanie Jean Murcott, LLD
University of Pretoria, Department of Public Law, Pretoria
Kazuhiro Nakatani, LLB
University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law, Tokyo
Walters Nsoh, PhD
University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School, Birmingham
Tiina Paloniitty, LLD
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science and Faculty of Law, Helsinki
Ann Powers, JD
Pace University, Pace Law School, New York, NY
Walter Rademacher, PhD
Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Statistical Sciences, Rome
Eckard Rehbinder, LLD
Goethe University, Environmental Law Research Institute, Frankfurt
Benjamin J. Richardson, PhD
University of Tasmania, Faculty of Law, Hobart
Nicholas Robinson, JD
Pace University, Pace Law School, New York, NY
Greg Rose, LLM
University of Wollongong, School of Law, Wollongong
Oliver C. Ruppel, LLD
Stellenbosch University, Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch
University of Graz, Research Center for Climate Law [Clim:Law] at the Faculty of Law, Graz
David C. Smith, PhD
The University of the West Indies, Institute for Sustainable Development, Kingston
Surya P. Subedi, QC, DCL
University of Leeds, School of Law, Leeds
Cleo Verkuijl, LLM
Stockholm Environment Instute, SEI Oxford, Oxford
Christina Voigt, JD
University of Oslo, Department of Public and International Law, Oslo
Tomme Rosanne Young, JD
Hastings College of the Law, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
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By default, articles published in Environmental Policy and Law are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.
Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1250 / US$ 1450 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 1850 / US$ 2080 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.
Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.
Peer Review Policy
Environmental Policy and Law is a peer-reviewed journal. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a double blind peer review process. This means that the names and affiliations of the authors are not communicated to the reviewers, and the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.
All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer-review by independent, anonymous expert referees. The journal also publishes invited content and these articles will be refereed by the Editors.
Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel. Important: all articles not created using the journal style templates for LaTeX or MS Word (see author instructions) are desk rejected.
Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. Typically decisions are based on three reviews, in some circumstances a minimum of two reviews may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Editor-in-Chief strive to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.
Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:
- Originality, novelty and significance of results
- Technical quality of work
- Comprehensibility and presentation of the paper
- Overall impression
Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor-in-Chief a recommendation:
- Minor revisions required
- Major revisions required
- Revise and resubmit
They mean the following:
- Accept: The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
- Minor revisions required: The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor-in-Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- Major revisions required: The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- Revise and resubmit: In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases.
- Reject: The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
Authors are notified by the Editor-in-Chief, whose decision is final.
Road to Stockholm+50: Special Section, Book & Webinar – Discover details about the special section of EPL here. A number of contributors took part in an exclusive webinar, held to coincide with the Stockholm+50 event and World Environment Day on June 3, 2022. The webinar explored cutting-edge, ideational solutions to our shared triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Watch the recording here!
Our Earth Matters – Expert scholars and decision-makers contributed to special issue and book curated by EPL's Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai, PhD – on the theme of "Our Earth Matters" – and this was the focus of webinar that took place on World Environment Day (June 5, 2021). Visit our website at: environmentalpolicyandlaw.com/our-earth-matters.
Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:
Future of UNEP: Stockholm+50 and Beyond+
Donald W. Kaniaru
Envisioning the Future of the Third Pole: A Look Ahead
Bandana Shakya, Krishna Prasad Oli, Manish Raj Pandey