Notes for Contributors

Editorial policies

All feature articles in this journal have undergone peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by two external referees. All other papers in the journal are screened by the editors.


All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

Article types

IJSESS welcomes contributions for the three main sections of the Journal:


Peer-reviewed articles on any aspect of sustainability issues at local level. Feature articles should be no more than 5,000 words long, excluding references, tables and acknowledgements. Feature articles should be submitted as word documents. IJSESS gives preference to articles which, while grounded in practice, offer more general insights and contributions to theory. Articles that engage with debates about current policy issues and which provide timely, up-to-date critique and/or suggestions to enhance policy effectiveness are especially welcomed.

Perspectives from practice

An edited (but not peer reviewed) collection of shorter pieces which collectively cover a theme is an important element of the journal. Perspectives from practice articles give practitioners an opportunity to reflect on current or recent practice. Contributors should submit articles no more than 2,000 words long as a word document

Book Reviews

Keeping up to date with recent publications and reports is a key aspect of the journal. Please contact the editors to discuss any proposed reviews

IJSESS gives preference to well-written and researched articles which, while grounded in practice, offer more general insights and contributions to theory. Articles that engage with debates about current policy issues and which provide timely, up-to-date critique and/or suggestions to enhance policy effectiveness are especially welcomed. We particularly like to see contributions from those working directly in the field.

IJSESS publishes articles which provide a rich description and analysis of local issues, which will 'ring bells' for others engaged in similar local project work and is particularly interested in articles which would be of interest to readers across the full policy community and which balance critique with proposals for change.

Special Issues

IJSESS also welcomes suggestions for special issues which draw together Features, and Perspectives from Practice articles on a particular theme. Guest Editors are welcome to put forward proposals for such editions.

How to submit your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

IJSESS only considers papers submitted in electronic form. Please email your paper to the IJSESS editorial address at DIT:

Please make sure your contact address information is clearly visible on your paper. To ensure anonymity, contact details will be deleted if the paper is sent to external referees for peer review.

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the American Political Science Association 2006 guidelines. The word limits are provided as a guide to authors. Word count totals include all text, endnotes, references, tables and figures.

All text, endnotes, and references should be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins. An abstract of approximately 150 words should accompany the manuscript. The editors may change the abstract to ensure it includes appropriate keywords.

All graphics should be at least 300DPI JPEGS and all graphs should be in an editable format, either in word or excel.

Publication ethics

IJSESS is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors.

IJSESS take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to:

  • Publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction)
  • Retracting the article (removing it from the journal)
  • Taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies
  • Other appropriate legal action


Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

IJSESS additionally requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets, for example:

This work was supported by the Environmental Protection Agency [grant number xxx].

Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

This work was supported by the Irish Research Council [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; Dublin City Council [grant number zzzz]; and Science Foundation Ireland [grant number aaaa].

In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Please include this information under a separate heading entitled "Funding" directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your "Declaration of Conflicting Interests" (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

Declaration of conflicting interests

Authors will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests:

The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.