Author Guidelines

Please use the following guidelines to prepare your article.
The Guide for Authors is also available for download as >pdf.

INTRODUCTION

ESSENTIAL PRELIMINARIES

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

 

INTRODUCTION

Aims and scope

GAIA is a peer-reviewed inter- and transdisciplinary journal for scientists and other interested parties concerned with the causes and analyses of environmental and sustainability problems and their solutions.
In detail, GAIA’s transdisciplinary focus implies that:

  • Original papers begin with an introduction suitable for non-specialists.
  • The significance of the topic in the environmental context is emphasised.
  • The style is discursive, short and precise.
  • Papers end with practical conclusions.

GAIA appeals to a heterogeneous and critical audience. Articles published in GAIA are chosen for their scientific content as well as their ease of comprehension and significance to readers of various scientific disciplines. Accepted papers are edited in agreement with the authors.
Papers submitted to GAIA are peer-reviewed and authors are obliged to participate in the double-blind peer-review process. Details of the reviewing process are outlined in the sections that follow. Invited papers are subjected to the same reviewing process and an invitation is no guarantee of publication. Currently, the rejection rate is more than 50 percent.
GAIA is indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI) and the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).

Types of Papers

GAIA is comprised of three primary sections - Forum, Research, and Books. The authors should identify to which section they plan to submit their paper and read the appropriate guidelines for submission below.

Forum

In the Forum section, original papers are published including essays, pointed expressions of opinion and reactions to articles that have appeared in recent GAIA issues. As such, the Forum aims to challenge current understandings by providing a “forum” to articulate substantiated opinions and controversial issues, to identify new problems, and to establish actual contexts.
Generally, articles are double-blind peer reviewed.
Articles – including references – should not exceed the length of 24,000 characters (including spaces).

Research

Research articles and review papers

Original scientific articles of environmental and sustainability re­search are published in the Research section. Additionally, Research contains review articles that place environmental prob­lems and development in a broader context. General review papers are usually written upon invitation and in agreement with the editorial office. Authors who wish to submit review papers on their own initiative are advised to contact the editorial office in advance.

Research articles and review papers are subjected to a double-blind peer review and cross-read by at least one person foreign to the subject. Expert opinions are based on the arti­cle’s scientific quality (e.g., theory, methods, literature relevant to the subject), on the quality of presentation (e.g., length, concise­ness, style), on the novelty of empirical data, methods, theoretical analyses, interpretation and approaches to problem-solving besides the article’s relevance for environmental sciences. The non-expert reviewer will determine the transdisciplinari­ty of the synthesis, relevance in terms of action and comprehensi­­bility of the manuscript.

Research papers and review papers should not – including ref­erences – exceed the length of 32,000 and 40,000 char­acters, respectively (including spaces).
Supplemental material can be made accessible via the GAIA website. For more information, please contact our editorial office.

Design Reports

Design reports are a GAIA-specific format. They are published in the Research section.
Design reports focus on a challenge unique to inter- and transdisciplinary research projects: They deal with the configuration of a project in terms of its research and communication design. They are in no way mere reprints of the proposal or epistemological treatises, but rather they present the decisions that determine the design of the research and communication, offering a critical explanation and discussion of them. In other words, they analyse the project design and the processes shaping it, paying special attention to the question of how partners from scientific and non-scientific cultures communicate, what kind of communication architectures they have, and how they handle the results.

Design reports are subjected to a double-blind peer review and cross-read by at least one person foreign to the subject.
Design reports can include photographs, charts, tables, and other visual material. They should not exceed 25,000 characters (including spaces and references).

For detailed information please refer to the Guidelines for Design Reports (pdf).

Books

The Books section is dedicated to the presentation, discussion and review of new publications relevant to GAIA ’s subject matter. Contributions to the Books section are usually written upon invi­tation and in agreement with the editorial office. Authors intending to write a book review on their own initiative are advised to contact the editorial office in advance.
Articles are examined by at least one of the editors of GAIA. If required, further expertise is requested.
Articles should not exceed the length of 3,800 characters (including spaces).

For detailed information please refer to the Guidelines for Book Announcements (pdf).

 

ESSENTIAL PRELIMINARIES

Code of conduct

GAIA recognizes its responsibilities in upholding ethical standards and pursueing best practices in scholarly publishing. Authors are expected to follow the ethical guidelines laid down in GAIA’s code of conduct (in preparation) and in these guidelines for authors.

Declarations

Upon submission of an article to GAIA you enter into the following arrangements and you warrant on behalf of yourself and your co-authors.

Originality

The article is original, has not been published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration for publication by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights. submission declaration to sign?

Authorship

Authorship credit reflects the individual’s contribution to the study.
An author is considered anyone involved with initial research design, data collection and analysis, manuscript drafting, and final approval. The following do not necessarily qualify for authorship: providing funding or resources, mentorship, or con- tributing research but not helping with the publication itself.
The primary author assumes responsibility for the publication, making sure that the data are accurate, that all deserving authors have been credited, that all authors have given their approval to the final draft; and handles responses to inquiries after the manuscript is published. 

Disclosure of interests

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. 

Acknowledgement of funding sources

All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. 

Open Access

GAIA follows the Green Road to Open Access:

  • Authors can archive their article for free public use on personal websites and/or in any open access repository immediately after publication.
  • No embargo period.
  • Authors retain copyright: all articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0.
  • We strongly encourage researchers to deposit their articles in a repository. Information on repositories can be found >here.
  • This policy is fully compliant with Plan S.

GAIA Hybrid Option

Additionally, we offer GAIA Hybrid Option: with this option authors can publish their articles with full open access via our full text content provider IngentaConnect against a basic charge. To maintain our high standards of quality while covering our costs we offer GAIA Hybrid Option per published article as follows:

  • Forum section: 400 EUR (VAT not included)
  • Research section: 850 EUR (VAT not included).

Articles in GAIA are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0. Under this license, anyone may access, copy, distribute, or reuse these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited.
By submitting your article to GAIA, you agree to the publication of your article under this license. Please contact us if you do not want to have your article be published under CC BY 4.0.

Privacy Statement

The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. Our data protection information seeks to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as is detailed in the Data Protection Statement (in German) of oekom verlag GmbH.

Data protection information for authors: oekom verlag GmbH processes and stores your data (name, address, e-mail, phone number) to publish and manage the master data of your article. Upon publication we will transfer your data to our sales partners (Verlegerdienst München and ingentaconnect) and if necesarry to a printing company. We will not transfer your data to third countries. You have the right to request information on how your data is processed, a right to rectification of your data, to erasure (“right to be forgotten”), to have the processing restricted, to object to the processing, a right to data portability, as well as a right to revoke your consent. To revoke your consent, please send us an email to info@oekom.de. In addition you have a right to complain to the supervisory authority. Our data protection officer can be reached via datenschutz@oekom.de. Our detailed data protection information can be found at www.oekom.de/datenschutz (in German).

 

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

Technical Details

Papers for the Research and Forum sections should enclose

  • a list of keywords;
  • research papers additionally require an abstract (max. 1,100 characters including spaces or 180 words).
  • All articles should include a short lead text (research papers 250 characters including spaces, articles for Forum 600 characters including spaces and articles for Books 460 characters including spaces).
  • Additionally, please include a selection of suitable pictures/illustrations,
  • a short CV for each of the authors (i. e., first name, surname, university education, professional career, main field(s) of interest),
  • and a photograph for each author (glossy prints or as file in TIFF or JPEG format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi).

The authors should enclose a cover letter explaining their intention to publish the paper in GAIA.

GAIA is published in colour print and provides an exceptional opportunity to illustrate scientific work in the form of pictures, charts, or maps.

The authors are responsible to obtain the necessary rights for quotations, pictures, etc.

Charges for the acquisition of pictures as well as extraordinary expenditures for picture editing are borne by the authors.

GAIA publication languages are English and German; submissions to the Research section are preferably in English. The authors are responsible for the linguistic quality. They are kindly asked to have their foreign-language articles corrected by a professional editing service. Manuscripts can be rejected due to inadequate linguistic quality.

Figures and Tables

Figures and tables must be numbered and should provide a short explanatory caption, which can be understood independent of the text. Figures and tables must be integrated into the text document. Additionally, all figures and tables should be submitted in separate files.

Diagrams, graphics and tables of the particular format must be saved in a graphic format (possible file extensions are .ai, .eps, .wmf or .cdr), or should be sent as original data (e. g., Microsoft Excel). Possible formats for photographs are a) glossy prints and b) files in TIFF or JPEG format (i. e., .tif or .jpg). All figures must have at least 300 dpi at desired size. Line drawings such as logos or graphs must have at least 900 dpi at the desired size.

References

The number of references should not exceed 40 (80 for review papers), the number of footnotes should not exceed ten. Quotations follow the Author-Date System of the Chicago Manual of Style. Within the text, references appear in brackets including name and date. In case of more than two authors only the first author is indicated, followed by the addition “et al.”.

The complete list of references appears at the end of the text. Please avoid the use of abbreviations of periodicals in the list of references. English titles of periodicals or books are written in small letters. In case of more than six authors only the first author is indicated followed by the addition “et al.”. Further additions are translated according to the article’s language (e. g., “Edited by” or “Herausgegeben von”; “accessed” or “abgerufen”).

Please prepare your list of relevant references particularly with regard to current, international and peer-reviewed literature, where appropriate. We recommend the citation of primary literature in favor of reviews in order to give credit to the group(s) who first reported a finding. Please indicate the DOI of a reference if provided.

Below you find the guidelines for formatting references. Examples are shown for quotation form:

in the list of references and
(in the text)

If you are using the reference management software EndNote, you may use the GAIA EndNote Style for formatting your references.

Monographs
Pütz, M. 2005. Regional Gouvernante. Theoretisch-konzeptionelle Grundlagen und eine Analyse nachhaltiger Siedlungsentwicklung in der Metropolregion München. München: oekom.
(Pütz 2005)

Articles in Journals
Tillmann, J., H. D. Sohn. 2005. Habitat fragmentation and ecological networks in Europe. GAIA 14/2: 119–123.
(Tillmann und Sohn 2005)

Articles in Online-Journals
Chan, K., M.R. Shaw, D.R. Cameron, E.C. Underwood, G.C. Daily. 2006. Conservation planning for ecosystem services. Public Library of Science Biology 4/11: e379 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0040379.
(Chan et al. 2006)

Edited Volumes
In German articles: Remmert, H. (Hrsg.). 1991. The mosaic-cycle concept of ecosystems. Berlin: Springer.
In English articles: Remmert, H. (Ed.). 1991. The mosaic-cycle concept of ecosystems. Berlin: Springer.
(Remmert 1991)

Articles in Edited Volumes (or Conference Proceedings)
In German articles: Stoll-Kleemann, S. 2005. Perspektiven sozial-ökologischer Forschung: Evaluation, Interdisziplinarität und Möglichkeiten inhaltlicher Weiterentwicklung. In: Fachübergreifende Nachhaltigkeitsforschung: Stand und Visionen am Beispiel nationaler und internationaler Forscherverbünde. Herausgegeben von B. Glaeser. München: oekom. 67–99.
In English articles: Stoll-Kleemann, S. 2005. Perspektiven sozial-ökologischer Forschung: Evaluation, Interdisziplinarität und Möglichkeiten inhaltlicher Weiterentwicklung. In: Fachübergreifende Nachhaltigkeitsforschung: Stand und Visionen am Beispiel nationaler und internationaler Forscherverbünde. Edited by B. Glaeser. Munich: oekom. 67–99.
(Stoll-Kleemann 2005)

Internet References
In German articles: BGE (Bundesgerichtsentscheid). 2001. 1A.173/2000. www.bger.ch/index/jurisdiction/jurisdiction-recht-urteile2000.htm (abgerufen 02.11.2004).
In English articles: BGE (Bundesgerichtsentscheid). 2001. 1A.173/2000. www.bger.ch/index/jurisdiction/jurisdiction-recht-urteile2000.htm (accessed January 7, 2005).
(BGE 2001)

Conference Papers
In German articles: Gupta, J. 2002. Capacity building and sustainability knowledge in the climate change regime. Vortrag auf der 2002 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change “Knowledge for the sustainability transition. The challenge for social science”. Berlin, 3.–4. Dezember.
In English articles: Gupta, J. 2002. Capacity building and sustainability knowledge in the climate change regime. Paper presented at the 2002 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change “Knowledge for the sustainability transition. The challenge for social science”. Berlin, December 3–4.
(Gupta 2004)

Gray Literature
In German articles: Schadt, S. 2002. Scenarios assessing the viability of a lynx population in Germany – Szenarien für eine lebensfähige Luchspopulation in Deutschland. Dissertation, Technische Universität München.
In English articles: Schadt, S. 2002. Scenarios assessing the viability of a lynx population in Germany – Szenarien für eine lebensfähige Luchspopulation in Deutschland. PhD diss., Technische Universität München.
(Schadt 2002)

Forthcoming Articles
In German articles: Stoll-Kleemann, S. Im Erscheinen. Perspektiven sozial-ökologischer Forschung: Evaluation, Interdisziplinarität und Möglichkeiten inhaltlicher Weiterentwicklung. GAIA.
(Stoll-Kleemann im Erscheinen)
In English articles: Stoll-Kleemann, S. Forthcoming. Perspektiven sozial-ökologischer Forschung: Evaluation, Interdisziplinarität und Möglichkeiten inhaltlicher Weiterentwicklung. GAIA.
(Stoll-Kleemann forthcoming)

Submission Preparation 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.

  • The authors have read and followed the code of conduct and the authorguidelines.
  • The article is original, has not been published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration for publication by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights.
  • The text is in Microsoft Word (.docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) format. It does not exceed the maximum length (Forum: 24,000 characters; Research: 32,000 characters; Design Reports: 25,000 charachters; Review Papers: 40,000 characters including spaces), all including references.
  • A selection of suitable pictures/illustrations and/or tables is included. Figures, photographs, and tables are numbered and provide a short explanatory caption, which can be understood independent of the text. Figures and tables are integrated into the text document.
  • Additionally, all figures, photographs, and tables are submitted in separate files. This can be done in Step 2 "Upload Submission". Diagrams, graphics and tables of the particular format must be saved in a graphic format (possible file extensions are .ai, .eps, .wmf or .cdr), or should be sent as original data (e.g., Microsoft Excel). Possible formats for photographs are TIFF or JPEG (i.e., .tif or .jpg). All figures must have at least 300 dpi at desired size. Line drawings such as logos or graphs must have at least 900 dpi at the desired size.
  • Papers for the Research and Forum sections enclose a list of keywords (to be entered in the "Keywords" field in Step 3 "Enter Metadata").
  • Papers for the Research section require an abstract (max. 1,100 characters including spaces or 180 words). Abstracts can be entered in the "Abstract" field in Step 3 "Enter Metadata".
  • The article includes a short lead text (research papers 250 characters including spaces, articles for Forum 600 characters including spaces and articles for Books 460 characters including spaces).
  • The article includes a short CV for each of the authors (i.e., first name, surname, university education, professional career, main field(s) of interest). Author CVs can be entered in the "Bio statement" field of each contributor in section "List of Contributors" in Step 3 "Enter Metadata".
  • The article includes a photograph for each author (TIFF or JPEG format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi). Author photographs can be uploaded in Step 2 "Upload Submission".
  • The number of references does not exceed 40 (80 for review papers).
  • Quotations follow the Author-Date System of the Chicago Manual of Style (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org, see also Author Guidelines).
  • The authors will enclose a cover letter explaining their intention to publish the paper in GAIA. The letter can be entered into the field "Comments for the Editor" in Step 1 "Submission".
  • The authors are responsible for the linguistic quality. If written in a language foreign to the authors, the article has been corrected by a native expert or a professional editing service. The authors are aware that extensive language editing done by the editorial office may be charged to them.