CSA Offers New Open Access Ejournal

Apr 26, 2005

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, has launched publication. Accessible at http://ejournal.nbii.org/, the ejournal is intended to provide a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. It is published as part of a government and private industry partnership between CSA and the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII). The purpose of this project is to develop a Sustainability Science database that examines the interactions of all living entities, especially humans, with the Earth and its environment.

The ejournal includes peer-reviewed full-text articles, guest editorials, and community essays. The guest editorial in the premier issue is by Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Harvard University. Each issue presents a symposium exploring the sustainability issues relating to the topic. For the inaugural issue, the symposium explores "Sustainable consumption in national context." Complete issues of Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy will be published twice a year and are available at no charge online. In addition, articles for issues in progress will be posted after completing the peer-review and editorial process.

Articles in the first issue include: "Sustainable consumption in national context: an introduction to the symposium" by Maurie J. Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA); "The politics of sustainable consumption: the case of the Netherlands" by Susan Martens and Gert Spaargaren (Wageningen University , The Netherlands); "Sustainable consumption à la française? Conventional, innovative, and alternative approaches to sustainability and consumption in France" by Samy Sanches (King's College London, UK); "The new politics of consumption: promoting sustainability in the American marketplace" by Maurie J. Cohen, Aaron Comrov, and Brian Hoffner (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA); "The role of local ecological knowledge in sustainable urban planning: perspectives from Finland" by Vesa Yli-Pelkonen and Johanna Kohl (University of Helsinki, Finland); "Integrated water resources management: evolution, prospects and future challenges" by Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman and Olli Varis (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland); and "Sustainability science - and what's needed beyond science" by Paul H. Reitan (University of Buffalo, USA).
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