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Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) is an international and cross-disciplinary, scholarly, open access journal of technical, environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human beings, which provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development. As a peer-reviewed and semimonthly journal, Sustainability publishes reviews, regular research papers, communications, and short notes, with no restriction on the maximum length of the papers.

Our aim is to encourage researchers to publish their experimental, computational, and theoretical research relating to natural and applied sciences, engineering, economics, social sciences, and humanities in detail to promote scientific and other understanding and to permit predictions and impact assessments of global change and development related to sustainability. Knowing the importance of sustainability and achieving sustainable development for humanity, Sustainability strives to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by United Nations. As a transdisciplinary journal, Sustainability encourages researchers to provide full experimental and methodological details so that results can be reproduced and assessed. The journal supports open access and open science.

In addition, Sustainability has several unique features:

  • Manuscripts regarding research proposals and research ideas are welcome;
  • Electronic files or software with full details of the calculations and experimental procedures, if unable to be published in a normal way, can be deposited as supplementary material;
  • Manuscripts communicating to a broader audience with regard to research projects financed with public funds will be considered.

Subject Areas

Challenges relating to sustainability

  • Air pollution and climate change
  • Water pollution and sanitation
  • Misuse of land
  • Desertification and drought
  • Industrial development and energy crisis
  • Toxic chemicals and hazardous and radioactive wastes
  • Population explosion and urbanization
  • Unsustainable patterns of production and consumption
  • Abandonment or loss of tradition, racial and national identity, culture, ethical standards, family solidarity, particularly during immigration or large scale foreign cultural influence, and its impact on cultural or social sustainability
  • Impact of globalization on local, national and regional sustainability and stability
  • Degradation of ecosystems and species, and concomitant risks to human well-being

Socio-economic, scientific and integrated approaches to sustainable development

  • Development and realization of national policies and international treaties for sustainable development
  • Implementation and monitoring of policies for sustainable development
  • Changing consumption and production patterns
  • Developments in cultural diversity, tradition, social systems, globalization, immigration and settlement, and their impact on cultural or social sustainability
  • Ethical and philosophical aspects of sustainable development
  • Education and awareness of sustainability
  • Impact of safety, security and disaster management on sustainability
  • Health-related aspects of sustainability
  • System analysis methods, including life cycle assessment and management
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Sustainable utilization of resources such as land, water, atmosphere and other biological resources
  • New and renewable sources of energy
  • Sustainable energy preservation and regeneration methods
  • Land and aquatic ecosystems maintenance and biodiversity preservation
  • Quasi-environmental sustainability – short term measures and their long term effects
  • Effects of global climate change on development and sustainability

Other topics related to sustainability

  • Defining and quantifying sustainability
  • Measuring and monitoring sustainability
  • Sustainability tools
  • Applications of sustainability
  • Policies and laws relating to sustainability
  • Sustainability science

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Book Reviews

Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent related books to the following address. Received books will be listed as Books Received within the journal's News & Announcements section.

St. Alban-Anlage 66
CH-4052 Basel

Copyright / Open Access

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