Aims and scope

Discover Sustainability is part of the Discover journal series committed to providing a streamlined submission process, rapid review and publication, and a high level of author service at every stage. It is a multi-disciplinary, open access, community-focussed journal publishing results from across all fields relevant to sustainability research.

We need more integrated approaches to social, environmental and technological systems to address some of the challenges to the sustainability of life on Earth. Discover Sustainability aims to support multi-disciplinary research and policy developments addressing all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The journal is intended to help researchers, policy-makers and the general public understand how we can ensure the well-being  of current and future generations within the limits of the natural world by sustaining planetary and human health. It will achieve this by publishing open access research from across all fields relevant to sustainability.

Submissions to Discover Sustainability should seek to challenge existing orthodoxies and practices and contribute to real-world change by taking a multi-disciplinary approach. They should also provide demonstrable solutions to the challenges of sustainability, as well as concrete suggestions for practical implementation, such as how the research can be operationalised and delivered within a wide socio-technical system.


Discover Sustainability covers topics including (but not limited to) agriculture and food security, biodiversity conservation, circular economy, cities and urbanisation, climate change, cultural diversity, ecosystems, education, energy, environmental behaviour, environmental degradation, disaster management, environmental law and economics, ethics, floods and drought, globalization, governance and regulation, hazards and risks, health and environment, human population, industrial development, infrastructure systems, innovation, land use and misuse, life cycle assessment and management, measuring and monitoring sustainability, natural capital, natural resources management, patterns of production and consumption, policy, pollution, poverty, safety and security, social sustainability, supply chain, sustainable chemistry, waste, water–energy–food connections, water and sanitation, and others relating to sustainability.

Content Types

Discover Sustainability welcomes Research, Reviews, Perspectives, Comments, Brief Communications, Case Studies, Registered Reports, and Data Notes from across the full range of disciplines concerned with sustainability. The journal also publishes guest edited Topical Collections of relevance to all aspects of sustainability to allow readers to quickly identify research on subject areas of especial interest to them.

In addition to specific themed Collections reflecting the latest developments in achieving sustainability, the Journal focuses on three types of contributions: forward looking and/or speculative pieces that  may be opinionated but should remain balanced and are intended to stimulate discussion and explore new approaches within the broad sustainability research domain, rapid publication of early research results, and case studies/examples of how novel research has been followed through to implementation and its impact on the various dimensions of sustainability.