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, President of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Project Professor for the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) 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.

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Managing Editor
  • Osamu Saito
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

Journal metrics

6.367 (2020)
Impact factor
6.654 (2020)
Five year impact factor
13 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
930,608 (2021)
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Issue 3, May 2022

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1862-4057
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1862-4065
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