Instructions for Authors

Quality & Style

Before submitting your paper, please be aware of the following technical guidelines for the different submission types. The Science for Sustainability Journal accepts both research articles as well as reviews. More information about the distinction between these can be found on the Aims & Scope tab. All submissions are to be made to research@greenofficevu.nl.

For research articles (adapted from your thesis, for example), your submission must be:

  • Term papers or theses for bachelor or master program;
  • Maximum 8000 words (including references);
  • APA-style referencing;
  • Graded 7.5 or higher, or individually revised after grading;
  • Single author or co-authored;
  • Includes an abstract (approx. 150 words);
  • Diagrams in black and white where possible
  • File should be in .doc or .docx format;
  • The paper must not have been previously published in another journal.

For reviews (adapted from parts of a thesis, or course paper for example), your submission must be:

  • Maximum 6000 words (including references);
  • APA-style references;
  • Graded 7.5 or higher, or individually revised after grading;
  • Single author or co-authored;
  • Includes an abstract (approx. 150 words)
  • Diagrams (if any) to be in black and white where possible;
  • File should be in .doc or .docx format;
  • The paper must not have been previously published in another journal.

Submission Format

Please provide your paper in the following format for either research articles or reviews:

  1. Title;
  2. One Sentence Summary;
  3. Author + affiliation:
  4. Abstract (~ 150 words or less);
  5. Main Text (sub-headings are encouraged);
  6. References and Notes.

Editing Tips for adapting thesis works to submissions

  1. Pay attention to the word limit. For example, think of making the methodology section more concise in the case of research articles, it does not have to be as explicit as in your thesis. Also, you could leave out repetition between chapters/sections that may be more appropriate for submission as a thesis.
  2. Include an abstract, an introduction, sections with brief subheadings, and about 40 references. Methods should be included, however should be more concise than in the original research paper. 
  3. Ensure that the the entire text is one flowing whole. This means you will have to take a look at the transitions between sections, and smooth them away. This is the challenge of adapting a larger work (for example a thesis) into another format of article.