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Author Guidelines

GAIA is a transdisciplinary journal for scientists and other interested parties concerned with the causes and analyses of environmental and sustainability problems and their solutions.

Gaia is comprised of three primary sections. The authors should identify to which section they plan to submit their paper and read the appropriate guidelines for submission below.

With GAIA Hybrid Open Access, we offer our authors to have their article made publicly available against a basic charge.

Submission of Papers to the Following Sections

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 22,000 characters (including spaces).

Research

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. Articles 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.

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 papers and review papers should not – including ref­erences – exceed the length of 32,000 and 40,000 char­acters, respectively (including spaces).

Design Reports

Design Reports focus on a challenge unique to inter- and transdisci-plinary research projects: They deal with the configuration of a project in terms of its research and communication design.

They are by no means reprints of the proposal but discuss the decisions and design principles critically. Design Reports are peer reviewed.

Design Reports can include photographs, charts, tables, and other visual material. They should not exceed 25,000 characters (including spaces and references).

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).

Manuscript Preparation

Articles in GAIA are being published under the Creative-Commons-License “CC 3.0 Attribution Unported”:

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0. The license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. By send­ing 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 3.0.

Technical Details

Authors are asked to enclose a cover letter explain­ing their intention to publish the paper in GAIA.

The text should be sent in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) format. The article’s title and the authors’ names should only be noted on the first page.

All articles should include a selection of suitable figures/illustrations, photographs, and/or tables. Figures, photographs, 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.

Papers for the Research and Forum sections should enclose a list of keywords as well as an abstract (max. 1,300 characters including spaces). 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 short CV for each of the authors (i.e., first name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, 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 at a size of 2 x 2.5 cm).

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 (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org). Within the text, ref­er­en­ces appear in brackets including name and date. In case of more than three 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”).

If you are using the reference management software EndNote, you may use the GAIA EndNote Style for formatting your refer ences (see www.oekom.de/zeitschriften/gaia/guide-for-authors.html).

Examples for Quotation Form in the List of References and

(in the Text)

Monographs

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

(Pütz 2005)

Articles in Journals

Tillmann, J. 2005. Habitat fragmentation and ecological networks
in Europe. GAIA 14/2: 119–123.

(Tillmann 2005)

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

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. 2004. Capacity building and sustainability knowledge in the clima­te change regime. In: Proceedings of the 2002 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change “Knowledge for the sustainability transition. The challenge for social science”. Herausgegeben von F. Biermann, S. Campe, K. Jacob. Amsterdam: Global Governance Project. 154–164.

In English articles:

Gupta, J. 2004. Capacity building and sustainability knowledge in the clima­te change regime. In: Proceedings of the 2002 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change “Knowledge for the sustainability transition. The challenge for social science”. Edited by F. Biermann, S. Campe, K. Jacob. Amsterdam: Global Governance Project. 154–164.

(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:

Tillmann, J. Im Erscheinen. Habitat fragmentation and ecological
networks in Europe. GAIA.

(Tillmann im Erscheinen)

In English articles:

Tillmann, J. Forthcoming. Habitat fragmentation and ecological networks in Europe. GAIA.

(Tillmann forthcoming)

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 German, English and French. 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.

What Happens when GAIA Receives an Article

1. The editorial office confirms receipt of the manuscript. With­in one month the authors will receive notification stating whether or not the article will be considered to be published.

2. Expertise: If the article is under consideration for publication, the editorial office initiates a review process.

3. Lectorate and revision:

a) Research: If the expert review is essentially positive, the GAIA editor will invite the authors to revise the article on the basis of the lectorate and the expert review. In the cases of acceptance, as well as rejection, the authors will receive the anonymous reviews.

b) Forum and Books: If the reviews, editorial and expert, prove to be essentially positive, the editorial office will invite the authors to revise the article on the basis of the reviews.

All authors are asked to indicate modifications within the revised version of the original text. Respectively, if a recommendation of a reviewer, an editor or the editorial office is not followed, the authors must provide an explanatory statement.

4. Open Access: With GAIA Hybrid Open Access, we offer our au­th­ors to have their article made publicly available with full open access against a basic charge. Once your article is accept­ed for publication in GAIA, we will inform you about our option.

5. Final revision: Fine adjustment in language, style and setting is completed by the authors in agreement with the editorial of­fice. After final revision, the authors receive the galley proof of their paper. In the galley proof, only mistakes and printer’s errors will be corrected. Any further changes will be charged to the authors.

6. After publication, the first authors will be sent five copies of the re­spec­tive GAIA issue as well as the electronic version of their article in PDF format.

 

 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. The text is in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) format. It does not exceed the maximum length (Forum: 22,000 characters; Research: 32,000 characters; Review Papers: 40,000 characters, all indluding References, including spaces).
  3. 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. 
  4. Additionally, all figures, photographs, and tables are submitted in separate files. This can be done in Step 4 "Upload Supplementary 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 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

  5. Papers for the Research and Forum sections enclose a list of keywords (to be entered in the "Keywords" field in section "Indexing" in Step 3 "Enter Metadata").
  6. All papers require an abstract (max. 1,300 characters including spaces). Abstracts can be entered in the "Abstract" field in section "Title and Abstract" in Step 3 "Enter Metadata".
  7. 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).
  8. The article includes a short CV for each of the authors (i.e., first name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, university education, professional career, main field(s) of interest). Author CVs can be entered in the "Bio statement" field in section "Authors" in Step 3 "Enter Metadata".
  9. The article includes a photograph for each author (TIFF or JPEG format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at a size of 2 x 2.5 cm). Author photographs can be uploaded in Step 4 "Upload Supplementary Files".
  10. The number of references does not exceed 40 (80 for review papers).
  11. The number of footnotes does not exceed ten.
  12. Quotations follow the Author-Date System of the Chicago Manual of Style (www.chicagomanualofstyle.org, see also Author Guidelines).
  13. 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 3 "Enter Metadata".
  14. 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.
 

Copyright Notice

Submission of an original manuscript to GAIA will be taken to mean that 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.

Articles in GAIA are being published under the Creative-Commons-License “CC 3.0 Attribution Unported”:

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0. The license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. By sending 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 3.0.

 

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