Information For Authors

Instructions for Authors  

Environmental Justice is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal that provides a central forum for the research, debate, and discussion of the equitable treatment and involvement of all people, especially minority and low-income populations, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.  The Journal explores the adverse and disparate environmental burden impacting marginalized populations and communities all over the world. The Journal draws upon the expertise and perspectives of all parties involved in environmental justice struggles: communities, industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Submission of Manuscripts

Environmental Justice invites all authors to submit manuscripts that are to be considered for publication at:

Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting. Follow all prompts on Manuscript Central for inputting all required manuscript details. Please upload all files pertaining to your article individually; do NOT combine all manuscript files into one PDF for uploading. Manuscript Central prepares a PDF proof of your submission after uploading is completed.

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.

A cover letter should accompany the manuscript and indicate that the work has not previously been published, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that all authors have read and agree with the contents of the submission, and that all authors have contributed substantially to the work.


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.

Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscripts should be no longer than 3,000 words, exclusive of tables and figures.

Spelling:  Use Merriam-Webster's Eleventh New Collegiate Dictionary (2005) as a guide to spelling (including hyphenation, closed or unclosed compounds, etc.). All spellings are Americanized where appropriate. For plants, trees, and animals mentioned in the text, use common names rather than scientific names (unless there is no common name in English).

Capitalization: See Chapter 7 in the Chicago Manual of Style.

Quotations: Use block quotations only for quotes longer than ten typed lines. Do not begin or end quotations with ellipses. Avoid putting quotation marks around a single word, especially for purposes of irony.

Manuscripts must be submitted as a Word-type file. Do not submit manuscript copy in a pdf format.

Number each page of text consecutively. All figures and tables should be numbered consecutively according to their order of citation in text.

Manuscripts should have the following sections in order:

• Title page: Include 1) the complete title of the paper; 2) all authors’ full names (including first names), complete mailing addresses and contact information (telephone, fax, and e-mail address), and affiliations of each author; 3) a brief running (short) title; and 4) the corresponding author’s complete contact information including full mailing and e-mail addresses.  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.


• Abstract: 250 words or less, without the use of subheadings. References are not permitted in the abstract.

• Introduction: Summarize the topic and its significance.

• Discussion.

• Conclusions.

• Acknowledgments (if any).

• Author Disclosure Statement: All authors are expected to disclose any institutional or commercial affiliations that might pose a conflict of interest regarding the publication of a manuscript. Institutional affiliations, as indicated on the title page, should include all corporate affiliations and any funding sources that support the work. Other types of affiliation, including consultantships, honoraria, stock ownership, equity interests, arrangements regarding patents, or other vested interests should be disclosed in the in the author disclosure section. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. If there are no disclosures, please state, “The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.”

• References.

Tables and Illustrations

Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Do not repeat information that is given in the text, and do not make a table for data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences. Provide titles for all tables. Define all acronyms in table footnotes. All other types of table footnotes should be designated using superscript letters, not symbols. Tables should be submitted as Word-type files. Do not submit tables as pdf or tif files.

All figures should be numbered in the order cited in the text. A legend should be supplied for each figure, and all legends numbered consecutively and provided (double spaced) on a separate page as part of the text file. All symbol definitions should be in figure legend, or as a key within the figure. Images should not show the name of the manufacturer.

Please keep in mind that the figures will be reduced, so please do not submit large figures/graphs that contain small type, as the text within the figure will not be readable after reduction.

Please follow these guidelines for submitting figures:

• Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file
• Line illustrations should be submitted at 1200 dpi.
• Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
• Submit figures as TIFF or EPS files.
• Color art must be saved as CYMK - not RGB.
• Black and White figures should be submitted as grayscale – not RGB.
• Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap or Excel files.

Please name your artwork files with the submitting authors name i.e. SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif etc.  Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.

Converting Word or Excel files:  Perhaps 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 below guidelines:

• All files should be scanned at 100% size.
• 300 dpi
• Final color mode: cmyk
• save file as: .tif
If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format go to


All references must be cited as footnotes. For source citation styles, see the Chicago Manual of Style, Chapter 15. Be sure to give complete citations for books and periodicals, including place and date of publication AND name of publishing company (for books), and volume numbers and publication dates (for periodicals).

Do not use "p." or "pp." with page numbers. Be very specific about citing page ranges. Use full titles, and always give full names of authors, even if the author’s name is mentioned in the text.  Examples of full citations are given below.

Ronald Sandler and Phaedra C. Pezzullo (eds). Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement.  (The MIT Press, 2007), 105--134.


Luz Claudio, “Standing on Principle: The Global Push for Environmental Justice,” Environmental Health Perspective 115 (Oct 2007): A500- A503. (Note: Do NOT provide issue number.)

Web sites:

Author [if known]. Name of web page. Web address. (Last accessed on [date]).

Newspaper articles, especially in older newspapers, may be cited by publication title and date only, though a complete citation is preferable.

The New York Times, 18 December 2007. [Section VII, Page 7.] 

Theses, Dissertations, Academic Papers:

Jane A. Smith, "Environmental Justice," (Ph.D. diss., Columbia University, 2007), Ch. 2.  Jane A. Smith, "Environmental Justice," (paper presented at the bimonthly meeting of the American Academy for Environmental Justice, New Rochelle, NY; December 2007).

Government Documents:

U.S. Congress, House Committee on Environmental Justice, 23rd Cong., 3rd sess., 2007, House Report 97, 17-39.

Oral and Personal Sources:

Sam Jones, interview with author, 23 May, 2007, New Rochelle, New York (tape recording and handwritten notes in possession of the author).


The author must obtain written 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 or legend or table footnote.  Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material and should accompany the manuscript.


Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author via e-mail. Please ensure that current e-mail addresses are provided with the manuscript. We request that page proofs corrections be returned to the Publisher within 48 hours of receipt. If the corresponding author expects to be unavailable at the time proofs are anticipated, please notify the Publisher and provide an alternate corresponding author and e-mail address.


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.


Environmental Justice is owned and published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215. Telephone: 914.740.2100; Fax: 914.740.2101; e-mail:; Online:; 

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