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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The European Journal of Sustainable Development is currently being published in one volume per year of three issues in the months of Febbruary, June and October along with the Online version.

Deadlines for manuscript submission:

30  December for the Febbruary issue

30 April for the June issue

30 July for the October issue

Manuscripts may be submitted electronically directly to:

  ejsd@ecsdev.org

Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously, moreover submission to the journal will be deemed to imply that the manuscript will not be submitted elsewhere if accepted.

The language of the manuscript should be English or Italian.  A research article should comprise of the title, authors, affiliation of authors, a sufficiently informative abstract of about 150 words(English only), Keywords, and Introduction of the paper. `End of proof' should be indicated by a halmos. References at the end of the manuscript should be arranged alphabetically; citation of reference in the text should be indicated by bracketed numbers, i.e., [1].

Editorial decisions on acceptance or otherwise will be taken normally within 4-5 weeks of receipt of a paper.

The corresponding author will receive galley proofs, which should be corrected and returned within 48 hours of receipt.

Authors must retain a copy of every contribution, as these will not be sent along with the proofs to be corrected by the authors.

Plagiarism Policy

The EJSD Journal will judge any plagiarism policy on its own merits. If plagiarism is detected either by the editors, peer reviewers or editorial staff at any stage of the publication the author/s will be requested to rewrite the text or quote exactly and to cite the original source. If the plagiarism is extensive, that is, if at least 25% of the original submission is plagiarism - the article may be rejected.

Responsibility of the contents rests upon the authors and not upon the publisher.

We strongly encourage authors to submit manuscripts that are under  20 pages / 10,000 words including everything (except detailed data descriptions and experimental instructions). While we understand some papers must be longer, if a paper (except for data and instructions) is longer than the aforementioned length it may be rejected without review.

General Requirements

  • All manuscript should be written in Englishor Italian Title and abstract should be written only in English.
  • We only accept text files or files in .doc format (such as from Microsoft Word). We do not accept PDF submissions.
  • Articles should be approximately 2,000-7,000 words in length and should not exceed 20 pages. They should be written as continuous expository narrative in a chapter or article style—not as lists of points or a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Please remember that the articles are to be published in a fully refereed academic journal. This means that the style and structure of your text should be relatively formal. For instance, you should not submit a verbatim transcript of your oral presentation, such as ‘Today I want to speak to you about …’.
  • Article submissions must contain no more than 30% of textual material published in other places by the same author or authors, and these other places must be acknowledged and cited; in other words, the remaining 70% of the article must be unique and original to your current submission.
  • Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables and maps.
  • Articles must have a minimum of ten scholarly references.
  • Spelling can vary according to national usage, but should be internally consistent.
  • Articles should be thoroughly checked and proofread before submission, both by the author and a critical editorial friend. After you have submitted your article you are unable to make any changes to it during the refereeing process, although if accepted, you will have a chance to make minor revisions after refereeing and before the final submission of your article.
  • Articles will be assessed by referees against ten criteria or fewer, if some criteria do not apply to a particular kind of article.

A possible example can be found at the following link: http://ojs.ecsdev.org/index.php/ejsd/article/view/71/65

Page and text Layout

Please use the following rule of text for your manuscript:

  1. Set your pages up so that you have 1 inch margins (2.54 cm) on the left, right, top, and bottom of each page.
  2. Title: 16 pts. Centered, .
  3. Keywords: 10 pts., Italic, Justified.
  4. Abstract: 10 pts., Justified.
  5. Section headings: 11 pts. Numbered, Bold, alignment left. 
  6. Indent your section headings by 1/2 inch (1.27 cm)
  7. Text: 11 pts, single line, Justified, Garamond .Type only one space in between sentences.
  8. Tables and figures: Included in the text, centered and numbered, 10 pts., Justified.
  9. References: Use APA style for references. 
  10. Indent the references in the bibliography by 1/2 inch (1.27 cm), exept the first line.
  11. Tables and figures: Included in the text, centered and numbered.

Pagination

  1. Assign a number to every page of the paper except blank pages. On pages with large illustrations, the numbers are not shown, but the pages are counted in the pagination.
  2. Number all pages in the upper right-hand corner except the first pages of chapters, of appendixes, of reference lists, and of bibliographies, where the numbers should be centered below the text.

References: All references given in the References section must correspond to citations in the text. Please double check this before submitting a manuscript. Use initials for first and middle names. Give the names of all the authors. For date of publication, only provide the year unless it is a newspaper article, in which case provide the complete date. List references alphabetically by first author. 

Sequence of the Article: In summary, the mandatory sequence of material in the paper should be title, author names, author affiliations, abstract, Keywords, body of the paper, acknowledgements (if any), references, appendices (if any).

Processing Fee: The European Journal of Sustainable Development does not apply any article processing Fee.

Submission Fee: The authors or their institutions should honour a charge of 250 Euros, mandatory for the publication. The Journal fee as stated above applies on each accepted manuscript including shipping of one original hard copy to the corresponding author. For more copies of the journal please contact the editor.

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