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Global Environmental Politics seeks to publish the best and most innovative scholarly manuscripts available on contemporary international and comparative environmental politics. The journal covers the relationship between global political forces and environmental change. Topics include the role of states, multilateral institutions and agreements, globalization, trade, consumption patterns, international finance, corporations, poverty and inequality, nongovernmental organizations, science and technology, and grassroots movements. The journal also includes studies on particular environmental problems that span two or more countries, such as climate change, ozone depletion, deforestation, biodiversity, desertification, transboundary pollution, waste management, oceans and fisheries, and endangered species. While articles must focus on political and policy issues, authors and readers will presumably have a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including political science, international relations, sociology, history, human geography, public policy, science and technology studies, environmental ethics, law, economics, and environmental science.

GEP does not evaluate works already published elsewhere or under current review by another publisher.

Types of Articles Eligible for Review in GEP:

The journal publishes Forum Articles, Research Articles, and occasional Research Notes.

Forum articles comprise short commentaries (2000-3000 words, including footnotes and bibliography) that should stimulate discussion on salient issues of interest to other scholars in the field. The aim of these articles is to provoke thought, discussion, and debate amongst the readership. Articles for the Forum section typically receive two single-blind reviews.

Research Articles are full-length papers (maximum 8000 words, including footnotes and bibliography) that contain an original contribution to research on global environmental politics. Research Articles are sent to three referees for double-blind reviews before a final editorial decision is made.

Research Notes (3000-5000 words, including footnotes and bibliography) provide discussions of new data sources and/or research techniques relevant to the GEP community as well as analysis of the practice of research relevant to global environmental politics. Papers on research tools and techniques may be qualitative, quantitative, or formal. Authors should demonstrate the broad utility of the approach. Papers on new data sources should, in addition to describing the substance, provide a discussion of the range of questions for which the data could be useful. They should also include arrangements for making the data available and accessible to the GEP community. Research Notes are sent to three referees for double-blind reviews before a final editorial decision is made.

Please use the GEP Style Guide for details about how to style and format your manuscript before submitting it.

Peer Review Taxonomy

Global Environmental Politics and the MIT Press are participating in a pilot of STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy.

Background statement: "STM, the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers, has recognised a need to identify and standardise definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to help align nomenclature as more publishers use open peer review models. A peer review taxonomy that is used across publishers will help make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent, and will enable the community to better assess and compare peer review practices between different journals."


  1. Identity transparency: Double Anonymized
  2. Reviewer interacts with: Managing Editor
  3. Review information published: None

To submit an article to GEP

  1. Go to this webpage and register.
  2. After you click "Sign up" you will receive an email confirmation. Click on the link in the email to activate your account.
  3. Make sure your article for submission is completely anonymous: no names, no affiliations, no biographies, no acknowledgments. Consider removing articles any of the article's authors have contributed to from the reference list and footnotes as well, replacing them with "To be submitted." 
  4. Submit your manuscript. You may also upload any other materials you wish. (Make sure all materials you submit are anonymous.)

Request for Proposals for Special Issue

Every year GEP publishes a special issue on a specific topic of interest to our readers. Click here for the 2024 Request for Proposals and information for Special Issue Editors. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2022. Recent special issues deal with these topics:

2021: Green Industrial Policy
2020: New Technologies
2019: Transformative Water Relations: Indigenous Interventions in Global Political Economies
2018: The Global Environmental Politics of Food
2017: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading
2016: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change


Book Reviews

All book reviews are commissioned by the Book Review Editor. We do not consider unsolicited reviews. If you are interested in writing a book review for the journal, please send an expression of interest and a CV to Beth DeSombre. 

If you want a book to be considered for review, send a copy to:
Elizabeth R. DeSombre
Book Review Editor, Global Environmental Politics
Wellesley College Environmental Studies Program
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
All book submissions must indicate that they are for possible review in Global Environmental Politics.

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