Writing & Style Guidelines

SSPP generally follows the recommendations of The Chicago Manual of Style.  We also expect authors to submit manuscripts written in clear and concise language.  Clear writing is particularly important because Sustainability  has a multiple disciplinary and international readership, so text needs to clearly portray the author's meaning.   Authors should

  • use active verbs when ever possible
  • use plain vocabulary
  • use uncomplicated sentence structures
  • eliminate wordiness
  • use informative headings
  • use visual materials to reveal and reinforce the structure of the content of the text.
  • have paper edited by a native English speaker with experience in publishing scientific papers, if author is a non-native speaker of English.

Reference Style: References should be cited in the text as name and year and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. See Reference Style Guidelines

To assist in your submission process, we suggest using ProQuest Flow to generate approved and accurate citations and reference lists for your article. Select Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy from the Bibliography Style dropdown menu in the Flow Create Bibliography tool.

Graphics Style

  • Images should be in TIFF, GIF, JPG, or EPS format.
  • Do not use 3D graphics.
  • Each graphic and caption should be submitted as a separate file.
  • All tables and graphs are to have complete but brief headings and labels and be numbered consecutively within the text following references.
  • Graphics should be referred to within the text and be relevant to the discussion.
  • Placement of the graphics should be clearly labeled in the manuscript file.
  • Comparison charts should be constructed on parallel scales.
  • Colors and contrast
    • The use of color in graphics is welcome. As readers will print articles from this site on black & white printers, please consider how your graphic will reproduce in black and white.
    • Avoid using colored type
    • Type over a colored background should be in bold face.
    • Avoid using grayscale, similar patterns or colors that may blur together upon reduction, and any combination of red and green.