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Remember that we only publish political ecology articles (see below)! 

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word [preferred], or RTF document file format. 
  3. Where available, URLs for permanent full text references and  DOIs for clickable full text articles have been provided.
  4. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and quotations. Authors should make sure they are correct, in substance and style.
  5. The text is double-spaced; uses Times New Roman 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review (below) have been followed.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.
  • Do add 'line numbers' to the document if you know how. It helps the referees enormously. Thanks 

Acceptance Criteria

Articles published in this journal make a contribution to the academic field of political ecology. This is of course a broad field, but it uses tools drawn from political economy, multi-scalar analysis of environmental issues, access to resources (e.g. by race, gender, status, wealth), environmental and social justice, feminist, materialist and intersectional theories, and studies of vulnerability and disadvantage. Articles may provide political ecology case studies, extend the field into new areas, or critique it with adequate justification.

There are other homes for articles on related topics like sustainability science, environmental and ecological economics, resilience theory, quantitative political science or international relations, or articles without reference to human-environment relationships. Those wishing to publish ethically and open access can see a listing of other journals and their urls and reputations  here.

In 2015 two Handbooks of political ecology were published, which help to define this broad field:-- 

  • Ray Bryant (ed.) 2015. International Handbook of Political Ecology. Elgar. link [download]
  •  (eds.) 2015. Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology. Routledge. link [download]

Definitional articles :--

  • Jason Roberts, 2020
  • Batterbury S.P.J. 2018. Political ecology. In Castree N., M. Hulme and J. Proctor (eds.) The Companion to Environmental Studies. London: Routledge. 439-442. link  and see a longer one,    link
  • Paulson, S., L.L. Gezon & M.J. Watts 2003. Locating the political in political ecology: an introduction. Human Organization 62(3), 205-17

Copyright Notice

Submissions must be the author's(s') original work and not previously published. An article based on a section from a completed graduate dissertation may be published in JPE, but only if this is allowed by your university rules.

The Journal of Political Ecology (JPE) publishes its content under a Creative Commons CC BY license for journal articles. Copyright remains with the author, but JPE is licensed to publish the paper, and the author agrees to make the article available with the CC BY license. This operates from 2014; prior to this, authors assigned JPE the copyright for material they published in JPE, but JPE granted its authors a license as the original source.

This means that authors can include their JPE articles in dissertations and in edited books later (with full citation to the original JPE article). Reproduction as another journal article in whole or in part, unacknowledged, would be plagiarism.

JPE reserves all rights except those granted in this copyright notice.


Journal of Political Ecology allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0 - More Information  
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

There are no charges for author submissions or publication. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. For the philosophy behind this, see

Peer Review

Articles are double-blind refereed, which can take up to 3 months. but please realize we occasionally receive an article that is harder to review in a timely way. We are all volunteers, too.

Publication Ethics: i) Authorship means you contributed the article in a substantive way. ii) Complaints and appeals go to the two editors, then to the Board if required, then to PESO. Note: we have not had a case since 1994. iii) Conflicts of interest / competing interests should be specified in footnote 1 iv) As a social science journal, we do not require datasets to be submitted, unless the author wishes. v) Ethical oversight: as in ii. vi) Intellectual property - see CC-BY copyright, which resides with authors. and vii) Post-publication corrections are allowed but should be minimized, largely to factual issues. We do not publish these separately as errata.

Publication malpractice: Previously copyrighted material will not be published unless there is permission. This includes work in translation (something we have done in a few cases with agreement in place). However, material with CC-BY or other forms of author copyright could be incorporated in an article, with permission from the holder, referenced, and in discussion with the editors.

Publication Cycle

JPE is published yearly: articles are added to the current volume when they become ready.


Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed



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