How to Contribute

Thank you for your interest in the Encyclopaedia of Education for Sustainable Development! If you would like to submit a paper to us, please read and follow the instructions below for a smooth process of submission, peer review, and publication.

Encyclopaedia of Education for Sustainable Development considers manuscripts that

-          cover a topic of education and sustainable development that includes all the aspects of ecological, cultural, social, economic, and political development.

-          represent your own original work that has not been previously published and that is not being under consideration for publication elsewhere.

-          do not contain language and/or images that are racist, sexist, or anyhow abusive towards and discriminative against any group of people.

Upon receipt, your manuscript will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, and forwarded to two reviewers for a blind peer-review process.

Table of Contents

 1.      General guidelines

2.      Style guidelines

3.      Figures

4.      Reproduction of copyright material

5.      Submission

 1. General guidelines

  • A typical manuscript should be around 1500-2000 words including tables, figures, captions, and endnotes but excluding references. Please include a word count with your manuscript.

  • A manuscript should be written in the following order: title, table of contents, 4-6 keywords, introduction, main text, conclusion or discussion or recommendations, references, endnotes (if any), key definitions (if any), appendices (if any).

  • A separate file should contain information about the author (mandatory: name, affiliation, position, contact details; optional: acknowledgements of funding).

  • Your manuscript may contain videos, images, and other materials as you find necessary. But a written permission for copyright should be received from the owner of such material.

  • Section headings should be concise and clear.

  • You can use either US or UK spelling and be consistent with your choice throughout the paper.

  • You should use single quotation marks. Quotations that are longer than 40 words should be indented without quotation marks.

  • You should use Oxford comma.

  • You should name all the people who can claim authorship of the manuscript.

  • Abbreviations should only be listed and used when it is useful (i.e., lots of long phrases used repeatedly in an article).

  • You should not use footnotes.

  • Note that no changes can be made after your manuscript goes through peer-review process.

 2. Style guidelines

  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font consistently throughout.

  • For the title and all-level headings, use bold with each initial capital letter for proper nouns.

In-text references:

  • For in-text references use author’s surname, year of publication, and a page or pages if necessary (e.g. Jones and Jenkins, 2008, p. 480). If the author’s name appears in the text, there is no need to repeat it, but put year of publication right after the name (e.g. Jones and Jenkins (2008, p. 480) … text …).

  • If there is more than one reference, separate them with semicolons. The order should be alphabetical (e.g. Jones and Jenkins, 2008; Smith, 1999).

  • If there are more than four authors, cite the surname of the first author and follow by et al. (e.g. Levinson et al., 2004).

  • If there are authors with the same surname, use their initials (e.g. A. Johns, 2015; B. Johns, 1985).

  • If you use a publication of an organization and it does not have an author, the first time use the full name of the organization and its abbreviation in brackets, with second and further mentions, use only its abbreviation (e.g. first mention: The University of Hong Kong (HKU), 2016; second mention: HKU, 2016).

  • If the same author has a number of sources published in the same year, put a,b,c, etc. after the year (e.g. 2016a, 2016b).

  • If there is no date for a publication, use n/d instead.

Reference list:

  • Reference list should be alphabetical by last name of author.

  • For a book:

Butler, C. (1986). Interpretation, Deconstruction, and Ideology. Oxford University Press.Two authors:

Austin, P. & Sallabank, J. (2011). Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages. Cambridge University Press.

  • If there are three or more authors, list all their names.

  • Organization as author:

United Nations (UN). (2004). The Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People(A/59/258). United Nations General Assembly.

  • Book chapter:

Swander, B.B. & Mutua, K. (2008). Decolonising Performances: Deconstructing the Global Postcolonial. In Denzin, N.K., Lincoln, Y.S. & Smith, L.T. (2008). Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies(pp. 31-43). SAGE Publications Ltd.

  • Journal article:

Vare, P. & Scott, W. (2007). Learning for Change: Exploring the Relationship between Education and Sustainable Development. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development1(2). Doi:10.1177/097340820700100209

  • Not in English:

Huantuan bianyin wushan zhinan feng zhengfu wuneng [Environmental Organizations Design and Hand Out Guidelines and Mock the Government’s Incapability]. (2008). Epoch Times. Retrieved from

  • Online

If you cite an online version, include an URL or a DOI.

 3. Figures

  • Provide the best quality figure format.

  • In addition to having figures in the manuscript file, provide them in a separate file for easier use.

  • All figures should be numbered as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.

 4. Reproduction of copyright material

 In case you are going to use material (data, text, image, video, and others) for your paper which you do not hold copyright to, you must obtain permission from the owner before you submit your manuscript for our consideration. When including copyright material, you need to properly acknowledge that the permission was given.

5.   Manuscript submission

All submissions should be emailed to

Your manuscript should be fully anonymized for the peer-review process.

After the peer-review process you will receive one of the following recommendations:

  • Acceptance – your manuscript will be published straight away with minor editorial changes.

  • Accept with minor revisions - your manuscript will need to be revised according to reviewers’ comments and suggestions.

  • Return with major revisions – you will be asked to rewrite and resubmit your manuscript.

  • Reject – your manuscript does not meet our criteria for further consideration.

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 Last updated 26/07/2016