In the past decade or so, sustainability research has expanded rapidly to explore how societies interact with Earth systems. This research is of tremendous importance: without major societal changes, the planet will become a considerably more hostile place to live. How can we best make use of planetary resources, and what sort of environments will we be living in? The answers must be underpinned by a solid body of research.

This journal aims to be the first-choice home for insightful, important and reliable research into sustainability. Being Open Access, all the content will be freely accessible and re-usable. That’s important for maximizing the impact of new findings and thinking, particularly given the wide range of communities we want to reach. In due course we will introduce article processing charges (APCs) for authors of research articles, but we will be waiving these APCs for at least two years as the journal becomes established and its reputation grows.

We’re delighted that Johan Rockström has joined as Editor-in-Chief and Bert de Vries as one of the two Deputy Editors (the other we hope to announce shortly). Not just world-class researchers, they have an incredible record of promoting the cause of sustainability both in research communities and beyond. They bring great energy and creativity to the field, and they have well-honed skills in launching and establishing major initiatives.

A great Editorial Board is a prerequisite for making a success of a new journal, but Cambridge University Press must play its role too. This new journal is a major commitment for us. We want to ensure that authors, reviewers and readers have the best experiences possible at all times.

Our aims and scope cover a broad range of topics in the sciences and social sciences, making this a truly interdisciplinary journal. What that means in practice is that appropriate Editorial Board members will consider each disciplinary component of an article for soundness, and jointly consider whether the components come together to create a significant new finding or insight.

We’ll be formally starting our submission systems in May. But even before then we welcome enquiries through [email protected], for example about your research findings, thoughts for a review or commentary, or your interest in becoming a reviewer. We look forward to hearing from you.

Matthew Day
Head of Open and Data Publishing at Cambridge University Press

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