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Aims and scope

Environmental Management publishes research on the assessment, use, conservation, and management of the environment and natural resources.

Contributions are drawn from scholars, policy makers, managers, and practitioners from diverse fields that span the natural, social, health, engineering, and sustainability sciences, typically reflecting interdisciplinary approaches in the broad field of environmental management. Founded by Robert S. De Santo, PhD, the journal serves to improve cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, and to make ideas and results from any one field available to researchers and environmental practitioners and decision makers from other backgrounds.

All submissions need to examine a clearly articulated scholarly and/or management problem and discuss the implications of the findings for an international audience before they can be reviewed for Environmental Management. Review papers are considered provided they have a clear rationale and conceptual and methodological approach, and that the findings advance knowledge and understanding rather than only synthesize current knowledge and gaps. Case study research is also appropriate, provided that the results and lessons emerging are of relevance to an international audience. Descriptions of environmental conditions are not appropriate for the journal.

Society has a major responsibility to ensure that its impacts on, and use of, the environment and resources are understood and appropriately managed. Environmental Management facilitates this by disseminating the work of both academic researchers and professionals from outside the universities and colleges, including those in business, government, research establishments, and public interest groups. The aim is to present a wide spectrum of viewpoints and approaches. The journal publishes four types of papers:


Addresses and opinions about environmental matters and emerging scientific and management issues that are of international relevance. Reflections from decision makers and practitioners communicating lessons learned from practice for improved environmental management are especially encouraged. These are shorter papers, normally less than 3,000 words, including references.

Policy Brief

Analyses or evaluations of case-histories, events, policies, or organizations and their work as it relates to environmental management. Although policy papers are often focused on specific contexts, the issues addressed and the results and are intended to be of international relevance and contribute to a better understanding of environmental problems and/or inform environmental management policy or practice. Papers are normally 10,000 words or less, including references.


Empirical, technical, or other scientific studies and their findings. Original research papers normally advance conceptual and theoretical understanding of environmental problems and their solutions, whilst informing environmental research, assessment, policy, or practice. Research papers that are local to regional in scope, including case studies, must clearly demonstrate the significance and novelty of the research for an international audience. Papers are normally 10,000 words or less, including references.


Innovations, applications, and advances in conceptual and methodological tools and frameworks for the identification, assessment, monitoring, and management of environmental impacts. Methodology papers must clearly demonstrate their relevance to social and ecological systems management and/or understanding. Papers are normally 10,000 words or less, including references.