Aims and Scope

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Environmental Policy and Law

Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is a global journal that seeks to publish cutting-edge scholarly works that have global significance. It provides a platform to facilitate an ideational understanding of international environmental policy, law, and institutional issues.

EPL aims to cater to the quest of the scholars and the decision-makers to address the environmental "world problematique." It will, where possible, also aims to accommodate high-quality research works on regional and national (policy, law, and institutional) issues of significance that have global value as well as replicable in other parts of the world. EPL’s ideational vision and the content will be guided by this primary remit to pursue a pathway for a better common environmental future.

The journal welcomes submissions of articles that pertain to the above mentioned scope. Articles are only accepted for publication after a double-blind reviewing process and if they are in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines. EPL also publishes invited content and these articles will be refereed by the Editors.

By bridging both academic and professional domains in the environmental field, EPL seeks to serve the needs of professionals, practitioners, researchers, students, and policymakers. The journal invites contributions with legal analyses to remain at the forefront of the concerted scholarly discourse and provide practical solutions for global environmental challenges in the 21st century and beyond.  

EPL covers a broad range of topics

The journal invites analyses that are at the forefront of academic debate and that are of practical significance and policy relevance. EPL publishes policy commentaries, short reports, a range of peer-reviewed content including research and review articles, and more. Topics covered include (and is not limited to) the following: 

  • Air
  • Biosafety
  • Business and biodiversity
  • Chemicals and waste
  • Climate change (SDG 13)
  • Disasters and conflicts
  • Ecosystem management
  • Ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Education and environment
  • Energy (SDG 7)
  • Environment under review
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental rights and governance
  • Extractives
  • Forests
  • Gender
  • Global policy
  • Green economy (SDG 12)
  • Life on land (SDG 15)
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Oceans and seas / Life below water (SDG 14) / Marine and polar
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16)
  • Protected areas
  • Resource efficiency
  • Science and economics
  • Species
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Technology
  • Transport
  • Water (SDG 6)
  • World heritage

(SDG = Sustainable Development Goals)

We ask that you follow our instructions for authors before you start writing your submission. For full guidelines for the different sections of the journal, go here.

Do you have a paper you would like to submit? Find out how, here!