EPL Volume 50: Commemorating this Landmark Occasion

EPL Vol.50

5 Aug 2020 | Amsterdam, NL – As we celebrate the publication of Volume 50 of Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) in 2020, we take a moment to reflect and then look to the future. For five decades, the journal has provided an exchange of information and experience on all legal, administrative, and policy matters relevant to the human and natural environment in its widest sense. Coinciding with the publication of its 50th volume, the journal will see a transformation. A celebratory special issue is also planned that will take us on a forward-looking environmental journey.

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Changes announced as the journal looks to the future

[Author: Carmel McNamara, IOS Press]

Amsterdam, NL – As we celebrate the publication of Volume 50 of Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) in 2020, we take a moment to reflect and then look to the future. For five decades, the journal has provided an exchange of information and experience on all legal, administrative, and policy matters relevant to the human and natural environment in its widest sense. Coinciding with the publication of its 50th volume, the journal will see a transformation. A celebratory special issue is also planned that will take us on a forward-looking environmental journey.

The journal, which will publish the first issue of Volume 50 in a matter of weeks, is undergoing a number of changes to mark this occasion. Perhaps, the most visually evident will be the new cover and branding (you can get a sneak peak of a portion of the new cover below). An updated publishing format has also been adopted and, behind-the-scenes, the metadata of all published articles are undergoing necessary adjustments to ensure that all our content is as accessible as possible and to further improve discoverability.   

 

EPL Vol.50

 

Expansion of coverage and expertise

As of 2020, the coverage of EPL has been broadened. The journal has a variety of article types available and authors are invited to consider submitting research and review articles (which will undergo peer review), after reading the guidelines for manuscript preparation via the various links above. For a full list of the topics covered in the journal, see the Aims & Scope. Such manuscripts can then be submitted to the ediorial team via new online system (Editorial Manager). We also welcome other content, such as commentaries (perspectives and policy forums), short reports, etc. For guidelines on these types of articles, go here.

With the expansion of the type of content that is published in EPL, there is also a need to widen the pool of expertise. Tomme Young, EPL’s long-serving Managing Editor, comments on this in her upcoming Editorial: “Substantively, we are more fully embracing the ‘policy’ side of our mandate, beginning intensive efforts to seek out articles that are more ‘data-driven’ and to support the international goals of ‘science-based’ environmental action by demonstrating the facts underlying calls for action. Board expansion is intended to add new voices and perspectives, including a strong emphasis on scientific policy contributions, especially statistical bodies.” 

In this respect, we are pleased to have welcomed a number of new Editorial Board members recently and we have also expanded input at a senior level. There are now six new Associate Editors that have been appointed so far (see here, along with comments from some of these individuals included below at the end of this article). We also welcome Bharat H. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University) to the senior team as Managing Editor. Prof. Desai will be working alongside Tomme and another new Managing Editor – Marten Stavenga (IOS Press) – to solicit content for regular and thematic/special issues. Kim Willems completes this team as the Journal Manager at IOS Press.

 

EPL Vol.50 Special Issue

 

Celebratory special issue

Guest Editor: Bharat H. Desai, PhD

A key aspect of 2020 is the planning for our celebratory issue. Prof. Desai is the Guest Editor and an astounding series of articles have been commissioned on the theme: Pathways to Our Better Common Environmental Future. It will be guided by looking back at the trajectory hitherto followed – especially since the Stockholm Conference in 1972 – and look ahead to find appropriate “pathways” to global regulation of the environment. As EPL celebrates its 50th volume, we are also on way to reach 50th year of the Stockholm Conference in 2022 (Stockholm +50). So, this is perfect timing to probe the future trajectory for our better common environmental future.

The 20 articles in the issue will seek to ask various pertinent questions, for instance: What do we envision for the next 50 years? Do we need any major course correction in our global regulatory approach and the ethical underpinnings of the human–nature interaction? How do we leave a healthy environmental legacy for the next generation in the Anthropocene? Esteemed Editorial Board members Antonio H. Benjamin (High Court of Brazil), Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University), David Freestone (George Washington School of Law), Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace University Law School) and Christina Voigt (University of Oslo) will contribute to the special issue, along with environmental experts from Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, UK and USA.  

In his Guest Editor’s role, Prof. Desai comments: “Outstanding scholars have been invited to contribute a thinking piece for this EPL special issue. A carefully calibrated topic will be taken up by each of the contributors to form part of a mosaic that could provide the best possible scholarly gaze into the future.” 

 

New website for the wider community

We would be remiss if we did not mention our brand new EPL website in connection with the landmark celebrations, as its official launch will coincide with the publication of the first issue of Volume 50. This platform is an excellent complement to the growing digital portfolio of IOS Press and is just one avenue by which our authors, readers, journal audience, and partners can engage with one another. One of the key drivers for this site has been the need to create a home for content and features that do not readily fit into a standard journal format. Promoting EPL content will be the main focus, with there being many additional benefits that come from having a dedicated forum such as this one. We are able to highlight key content from the journal’s vast catalog (see here), ensure users can seamlessly access articles covering country-specific legislation (see here), and access news items that are featured (see here).

The EPL team will also be seeking collaborations with organizations across the globe to highlight environmental matters, and working closely with teams from other IOS Press publications to be sure of highlighting relevant topics that crossover between fields. New features and sections may arise as a result of these partnerships. Read more about the website, and how the community and audience can get involved, here.

The journal continues to be aimed at policy makers, civil servants, politicians, government officials, academics, and practitioners – and this website offers a platform for content in support of their policy decisions, developing policies, furthering research, and implementing programs. It will be a place to stay abreast of developments on legal, administrative and policy matters in the context of an increasing informatization and digitalization of the human and natural environment.

 

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EPL Associate Editors commenting on their new roles:

Elizabeth Kirk (University of Lincoln)
Environmental Policy and Law has long been one of the key publications I’ve turned for insights into current developments in environmental law, so it is a privilege to be a member of its Editorial Board. I’ve been fortunate in my career to hold some positions which have helped me to get to know environmental law researchers across the globe. I hope that as an Associate Editor, I can bring together these academics and their insightful research and this key publication.

Melanie Jean Murcott (University of Pretoria)
Joining the board of EPL brings with it the opportunity to engage and collaborate with scholars engaged in environmental studies from around the globe. Environmental issues are inherently interdisciplinary and global in nature. I was excited that EPL recognizes this and seeks to bring together scholars and contributions from different disciplines. The journal is also a wonderfully diverse resource, incorporating perspectives from the global North and the global South.  

Walters Nsoh (Birmingham Law School)
EPL is one of only a few international and truly interdisciplinary journals out there that focuses on approaching legal and regulatory developments in the environmental field by drawing upon and contributing to other disciplines while promoting communication between academic and non-academic partners. This has a clear correlation with my interests, practical knowledge and experience. I hope to contribute to further strengthen the coverage of the journal, not just across my areas of interest but also in the developing countries, where much of my work focuses.

Tiina Paloniitty (University of Helsinki)
I am happy to join the board of EPL as it is an excellent opportunity to advance matters that I – as an environmental law scholar – find most important. EPL's holistic approach to environmental studies and its desire to facilitate better connections between science and policy-making are aims that appeal to me. I look forward to being part of a team that desires to bridge the gaps between different branches of experts working for a more sustainable future.

 

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