Focus and Scope

This journal aims to publish distinguished research by undergraduate students from all disciplines. Such a publication would bring together students of diverse interests all concerned with environmental issues and provide a platform for them to write about topics of significance that are potentially irrelevant to their degree. Additionally, it gives students the opportunity to publish compelling research they may have done for review essays or dissertations that would otherwise not be viewed by their peers.

Other features to be included in the journal are interviews with members of staff, alumni profiles of University of St. Andrews students who have gone on to ‘green jobs,’ relevant book reviews, and editorials. Such features will offer a useful resource for students curious about where their degree might take them in the future, increase awareness about current research at the University of St. Andrews, and broaden general awareness about environmental issues.

Journal History

The Journal of Sustainability was founded in 2012 by a group of undergraduate students of Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews. As platform for the publication of distinguished undergraduate research in the field of sustainable development, the journal hopes to foster conversation about our greatest passion: the planet.


School of Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews


The Sustainable Development Society.

Peer Review Process

Essays submitted will be selected for publication through a peer review process. The review process will be performed by a panel of student editors (with light staff supervision) over a period of one semester.

Publication Frequency

The journal will publish one issue per semester.

Open access policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Journal content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution [CCBY] 4.0 licence.

Privacy and Consent Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviours, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this journal platform (Open Journal Systems – OJS) may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project (PKP) in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here.

Registered Users

Users who register with this journal, including authors and peer reviewers where applicable, consent to having their personal information stored in the University’s journal hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors published in this journal are also responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported in the journal.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

All users whose details are stored in the University’s OJS installation can exercise their rights of the individual, as they are detailed in the GDPR.

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