Focus And Scope

Environments is a refereed journal published in association with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Environments presents high-quality, multi- and trans-disciplinary, and cross-sectoral research that effectively addresses major understanding, planning, management and decision-making challenges related to the environment. Put another way, Environments addresses people in their social, natural and built environments. The intent is to promote scholarship and discussion in a multidisciplinary and civic way, providing ideas and information that people might use to think effectively about the future.

The journal is interested in papers and theme issues that bring many viewpoints, types of analysis and interpretations to bear on environment, development and design challenges, as well as on ways of planning, managing and adapting to them. The overall emphasis is on work that draws from and integrates across disciplines, sectors and communities. The journal encourages interconnections among geography, planning, environmental studies, political science, and other disciplines; among heritage, policy, design, assessment, participation and other fields of interest; and among scholars, professionals and citizens.

Environments welcomes the submission of individual papers as well as proposals for theme issues.

Peer Review Process

Manuscript selection and revision
Each manuscript is evaluated by at least two specialist referees on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Is the contribution relevant to the focus and scope of Environments?
  • Is the problem or issue discussed in the paper/theme issue of significant importance?
  • Is the presentation clear and concise?
  • Does the information, data, etc., justify the conclusions?
  • Are the research methods used appropriate and clearly explained?
  • Is sufficient note taken of limitations in methods, techniques, and interpretations?
  • Does the manuscript relate its methods and findings to relevant literature in the field?
  • If the paper is concerned with questions of policy, does it clearly indicate the evaluative criteria that are used?
  • Would the submission be readable and of interest to a broad audience?

Authors will usually be notified within sixteen weeks as to whether their submissions have been accepted for publication. If revisions are requested, the manuscript will be returned to the author along with the anonymous comments of the referees and editorial suggestions. The editors reserve the responsibility for final decisions on manuscript selection and revision.