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The mission of this journal is to advance the knowledge and practice of ecopsychology, and to help build a diverse community focused on the human affiliation with the more-than-human world.  The journal seeks high quality and elegantly written submissions, including those that are:

  • Original scientific research articles
  • Theoretical articles
  • Evocative nature writing  
  • Reports on case studies or practice
  • Reviews of important books and other media

Diverse research methods and orientations are welcomed.  Given Ecopsychology’s broad mandate and diverse readership, contributors are asked to make their work accessible to a general audience.  When appropriate – especially with a research article – please provide an adequate literature review and references, recognize alternative viewpoints, acknowledge limitations of the work, and offer ideas for future directions.

Manuscripts must be submitted online using the following URL:

Keywords (Areas of Expertise)

To facilitate the peer review process, select 4-6 keywords from the drop-down list of pre-selected terms when submitting your manuscript.   These keywords will assist in the selection of skilled reviewers in the field for the purposes of peer review.

Please read ALL instructions to authors before submitting.

Ecopsychology will accept original manuscripts which contain material that has not been reported elsewhere. Submissions should be accompanied by a letter requesting evaluation for publication.

Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract. Prior abstract publications should be described in the form of a footnote to the title. Published manuscripts become the sole property of the Journal and will be copyrighted by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the author(s) agree(s) to each of the above conditions. In addition, the author(s) explicitly assign(s) any copyrighted ownership he/she (they) may have in such manuscript to the Journal. 

Upon acceptance of any manuscript, all authors will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to complete our online Copyright Agreement form.  It is critical to ensure the accuracy of ALL authors’ email addresses when uploading submissions to Manuscript Central to ensure the proper delivery of all email communications.


The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with coauthors to make sure they have completed the online copyright form. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still return the form acknowledging the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright.



Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (see We encourage a maximum submission length of 4,000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures. Longer works will be considered, though they will often receive suggestions for shortening in the peer review process.

Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language.


Prepare manuscripts double spaced in Microsoft Word.  Leave ample margins on both sides, top and bottom.  Number pages consecutively.

Please ensure that your main manuscript text file contains the following elements:

  • A title page which includes the title of the paper, as well as ALL author’s names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and a running (short) title of 45 characters or less. The title page should also indicate to whom correspondence should be addressed. Manuscript keywords (search terms): On the title page of the manuscript, include a minimum of three (3), maximum of six (6), search terms that will aid in the discoverability of the article in indexing services and search engines.  These terms may or may not be different from the terms you selected for the peer review process and areas of expertise.  You will be asked to retype these search terms in the submission form when uploading your manuscript.  These keywords will be included in the published article.  If the search terms entered do not match the manuscript, the manuscript will serve as the default.
  • All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words. An abstract which should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. Do not use citations in the abstract.  (NOTE: Uploading your abstract into the appropriate field in Manuscript Central will NOT automatically incorporate it into the text file, so please make sure that it is part of your main text file.)
  • After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords.
  • References section correctly formatted (see examples).
  • Tables and figures should be uploaded as individual files.
  • Do NOT upload a PDF of your text file.

Important:  Please upload individual files of all manuscript material—do NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, figure, and table files of your paper. Once all individual files are uploaded on to Manuscript Central, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and the peer-review process.


Disclosure Statement 

Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.”  This text must be part of your manuscript text file, not a separate file. In this portion of the paper, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”

Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at for further guidance.




All manuscripts must comply with the privacy and confidentiality requirements outlined in the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals on the ICMJE website. For more information, visit


When articles include reports of studies on human subjects, state in the Methods section that an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee approved the study. Authors who do not have formal ethics review committees should follow the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki (2008). In the Methods section, state that informed consent was obtained from subjects (specify written or verbal).


The principal author must state that if animals were used experimentally, permission was obtained from the appropriate committee(s), and that the animals were treated humanely and the standards conformed to those of current ethical animal research practices.


In addition, text and photographs should not reveal any identifying information unless it is essential for scientific purposes (in which case, consent should be obtained). Masking the subjects’ eyes in photographs is often insufficient to protect their identity.



Prepare each table along with its title in a separate file. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Remember each table must stand alone-i.e., contain all necessary information in the caption, and the table itself must be understood independently of the text. Details of experimental conditions should be included in the table footnotes. Information that appears in the text should not be repeated in tables, and tables should not contain data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences.

Figures/images should be presented according to these guidelines:

  • Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.
  • Do not prepare any figures in Word as they are not workable.
  • Line illustrations must be submitted at 1200 DPI.
  • Halftones and color photos should be submitted at 300 DPI.
  • Please submit only TIFF or EPS files.
  • Color art must be saved as CYMK not RGB or INDEX. If RGB files are submitted, the files will be converted to CYMK, and some slight color variation may occur.
  •  Do NOT submit PowerPoint or Excel files. Adobe is the software of choice.

Please name your artwork files with the submitting authors name i.e. SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif etc.  Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table numbers. 

Converting Word or Excel files:  The best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the guidelines below:

  • All files should be scanned at 100% size.
  • 300 dpi
  • Final color mode: cmyk
  • save file as: .tif or .eps 

If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format go to

The Journal publishes color photographs.

A list of figure legends should be supplied at the end of the manuscript, double spaced. Magnifications should be included where appropriate. Illustrations will not be returned unless requested.


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Bibliographical references should be cited in the text by giving the last name of the author (or authors) followed by the year of publication in parentheses, e.g. Macy (1998), Macy and Young-Brown (1998) or (Macy and Young-Brown, 1998). If there are three or more authors, citations should read Stern, Dietz, Abel, Guagnano, & Kalof (1999), first citation; Stern et al. (1999), second citation. If there is more than one work by an author (or authors) in a given year, then they should be labeled alphabetically within each year (e.g. Gray, 1998a,b).

Examples of basic reference formats:

Journal Article:

Bohm, G. (2003). Emotional reactions to environmental risks: Consequentialist versus ethical evaluation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 23, 199–212.
Kidner, D.W. (1994). Why psychology is mute about the environmental crisis. Environmental Ethics, 16, 359 –376.

Authored Book:
Roszak, T. (2001). The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology. Grand Rapids, MI: Phanes Press.

Edited Book:
Clayton, S. & Opotow, S. (Eds.). (2003). Identity and the natural environment: The 
psychological significance of nature. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Chapter in an Edited Book:
Calahan, W. (1995) Ecological groundedness in gestalt therapy. In T. Roszak, M.E. Gomes; A. Kanner (Eds.), Ecopsychology (pp. 216-223). San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. 


Yoshida, Y. (2001). Essays in urban transportation (Doctoral dissertation, BostonCollege, 2001). Dissertation Abstracts International, 62, 7741A. 




The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables and text from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. Adaptations of figures or tables must carry a citation in the figure legend or table footnote and there must be a full reference given in the reference list.  Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other laboratories, and should accompany the manuscript.


Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.



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