Submission Guidelines

EPL submit  Submissions are welcomed via Editorial Manager. Click on the button to send us your manuscript. First, please see the guidelines (links below). These offer general guidlines for preparing your manuscript (Research and Review Articles). 

As of 2020, Environmental Policy and Law has a newly-broadened coverage that has been updated to coincide with the publication of Volume 50 of the journal. For a full list of the topics covered in the journal, see the Aims & Scope. We also welcome other content, such as Commentaries (Perspectives and Policy Forums), Meeting Reports, Short Reports, Letters to the Editor, and Book Reviews, etc. For guidelines on these submissions, go here.

If you are interested to submit to the journal and have any queries/comments, please email:

Submission of Manuscripts

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Peer Review Process and Process for Appeals
Environmental Policy and Law operates a rigorous, timely, blinded peer review process (with an option for double-blind if requested) by experts in the field. Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be assessed for suitability for publication in the journal by the Managing Editors. Manuscripts that are deemed unsuitable may be rejected without peer review by the Managing Editors and/or the Associate Editors, and the author will be informed as soon as possible. Manuscripts that are deemed suitable for peer review are forwarded to an Associate Editor with expertise in that area who then recruits appropriate anonymous referees (a minimum of two) for confidential review. Referee reports are then assessed by the Associate Editor, who makes a decision which is then subject to approval of the Managing Editors. Once approved this decision is then conveyed to the author along with the referee’s anonymized reports.

The initial decision will be one of the following: rejection, acceptance without revision, or potentially acceptable after minor or major revisions. Revised manuscripts will be appraised by the Associate Editor, who may seek the opinion of referees (prior or new) before making a decision, which again is subject to approval of the Managing Editors. Once approved, this decision is then conveyed to the author along with the anonymized referee’s reports. Once accepted, manuscripts are normally published on-line without delay and appear in the on of the next available print issues.

The Managing Editors have ultimate responsibility for what is published in the journal. Authors may appeal decisions by contacting the Managing Editors (by sending an email to, with the manuscript reference number in the subject line). Authors will be informed in writing of the result of their appeal.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

Submissions of 5,000 up to 8,000 words are welcome.

Peerwith offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.

Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

Title page
The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including telephone number and email address
  • Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords

Number as Table 1, Table 2, etc., and refer to all of them in the text.
Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.
Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.

Footnotes and Endnotes
The only footnote in the article shall be the “author footnote(s)” giving the author’s title and affiliation in three sentences or less. Each author shall have a separate author footnote. Author footnotes shall be numbered by superscript symbols, beginning with an asterisk (*).

Citations shall be noted as endnotes, numbered as 1, 2, 3, etc. Lengthy endnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text. Lists of References will substitute for endnotes, but should not be additional. References that are not mentioned in text will be deleted. Separate Bibliographies should not be submitted.

Endnotes should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

Illustrations and Figures
Authors are encouraged to submit figures, tables, photographs and other illustrations for inclusion in the publication, and are responsible for any necessary permissions relative to use of these materials (see here). EPL may, in some cases, include relevant illustrations and figures, selected with attention to the content of the article.


Additional Information

This journal publishes all its articles in the IOS Press pre-press module. By publishing articles ahead of print the latest research can be accessed much quicker. The pre-press articles are the uncorrected proof versions of the article and are published online shortly after the proof is created. Pre-press articles are fully citable by using the DOI number. As soon as the pre-press article is assigned to an issue, the author corrections will be incorporated and final bibliographic information will be added. The pre-press version will then be replaced by the updated, final version

Authors of published articles (non-prepress, final articles) will be contacted by Kudos. Kudos is a service that helps researchers maximize the impact and visibility of their research. It allows authors to enrich their articles with lay metadata, add links to related materials and promote their articles through the Kudos system to a wider public. Authors will receive no more than three emails: one invitation and a maximum of two reminders to register for the service and link the published article to their profile. Using and registering for Kudos remains entirely optional. For more information, please have a look at the IOS Press website here.

Promotion of your Article
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