Editorial & Peer Review Policy

On this page you can find more information about the editorial and peer-review policy of the Science for Sustainability Journal, along with the associated governance structures upholding them. These are modelled according to the Directory of Open Access Journals for publishers.

There are three main functions of the governance structure: the editor, their editorial board and quality control (QC) team. The editor position is to be fulfilled by the research coordinator who is hired on a yearly basis to manage the research portfolio of the GO, including the journal. The editorial board is then comprised of Team Research, a selection of 5 student volunteers from the VU community which similarly rotates on a yearly basis. The quality control team is made up of a selection of at least 5 VU academic staff of a variety of backgrounds relating to sustainability.

Editorial Board – Responsibilities & Editorial Process

The editor will be responsible for selecting the editorial board together with other coordinators to ensure a rigorous selection process. The editor will also be responsible for the selection of the peer-review panel. Submissions will be collected by the editor along with the editorial board (collectively the ‘editorial team’). Their responsibility in this regard it to advertise throughout the year, predominantly focused on graduating thesis students. Plagiarism controls will be administered on all submissions by the editorial team, along with the creation and maintenance of author guidelines including a detailed style guide, description of submission, QC and plagiarism detection processes, as well as relevant copyright and contact information. The identities of the current Editor and Editorial Board, along with their respective backgrounds and affiliations, can be found on the Editor and Editorial Board tab.

Quality Control – Responsibilities & Peer Review Process

The quality control team is presently made up of a selection of 5 VU academic staff of a variety of backgrounds relating to sustainability. The current composition includes:

Onno Kuik (Faculty of Sciences (IVM), Environmental Economics)
Philipp Pattberg (Faculty of Sciences (IVM), Environmental Policy Analysis)
Marjan Groot (Faculty of Humanities)
Christopher Wickert (School of Business and Economics, Management and Organisation)
Koen van Bommel (School of Business and Economics, Management and Organisation)

These are expanded as submissions from different fields are accepted, as demand requires.