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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF 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.

Submissions must comply with the Journal’s Submission Guidelines. The Journal only accepts submissions that have not been previously published and are not pending concurrent submission to another publication. Research and analysis, literature reviews, book reviews, and replication studies are encouraged. Opinion editorials (Op Eds) are not accepted. All submissions must address implications and recommendations relevant to the public or environmental topic of the paper. This could include specific policy recommendations, identification of future related research opportunities, or how the submission enhances the available literature.
The Journal employs a double-blind editorial process.

All submissions accepted for publication will be published online, on a rolling basis. Depending on the quality, quantity, and topics of published submissions, the Journal may also republish submissions in print, appearing in an Issue as directed by the Editor-in-Chief within no more than two (2) years from the time the piece is published online.

Submissions should comply with the following formatting standards and other guidelines. Complete and conformant submissions will proceed through the editorial and publication process more quickly.
   - Font: Times New Roman.
   - Font size: 12.
   - Margins: 1 inch.
   - Spacing: Single spaced.
   - Citation format: The Chicago Manual of Style (citations can be reformatted during Review and Resubmit).
   - Recommended maximum word count of 7,500 (appendices and figures not included).
   - Include an abstract of approximately 500 words. The abstract should address the thesis, methodology, and major findings of the submission as relevant.
   - Include a list three to five keywords.
   - Include the title of the submission.
   - Include a list of all authors, key contributors, and funding sources and/or sponsors.
   - The submission must address implications, recommendations and/or findings relevant to the public or environmental topic of the paper.
   - Include a list of all sources and datasets from which information was collected or pulled, as applicable.
   - Include a brief biography of the author(s) to be used in publication.