Sustainability Science probes interactions between global, social, and human systems, the complex mechanisms that lead to degradation of these systems, and concomitant risks to human well-being. The journal provides a platform for building sustainability science as an evolving academic discipline which can point the way to a sustainable global society by facing challenges that existing disciplines have not addressed. These include endeavors to simultaneously understand phenomena and solve problems, uncertainty and application of the precautionary principle, the co-evolution of knowledge and recognition of problems, and trade-offs between global and local problem solving.

The journal promotes science-based predictions and impact assessments of global change, and seeks ways to ensure that these can be understood and accepted by society. Sustainability Science creates a transdisciplinary academic structure and discovery process that fuses the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Why publish with us

  • Editor-in-Chief is Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Director and Project Professor of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
  • Our journal probes the interactions between global, social, and human systems, and provides a platform for building sustainability science as an evolving academic discipline.
  • We promote science-based predictions and impact assessments of global change, and the public acceptance of findings.

Journal information

Editor-in-Chief
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Managing Editor
  • Osamu Saito
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). Learn about publishing Open Access with us

Journal metrics

5.301 (2019)
Impact factor
5.263 (2019)
Five year impact factor
40 days
Submission to first decision
228 days
Submission to acceptance
417,866 (2019)
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Electronic ISSN
1862-4057
Print ISSN
1862-4065
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  3. CAB Abstracts
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  10. EBSCO Environment
  11. EBSCO Sustainability Reference Center
  12. EMBiology
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  39. Semantic Scholar
  40. TD Net Discovery Service
  41. UGC-CARE List (India)
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