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Aims & 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.

Journal Metrics

  • Journal Impact Factor: 1,575 (2016)
  • 5-year Journal Impact Factor: 1,335 (2016)
  • H Index: 18 (2016)
  • EigenFactor: 0,000755 (2016)
  • SJR: 0,542 (2016)
  • CiteScore: 0,84 (2016)

GAIA follows the Green Road to Open Access: Authors can archive a version of the article (PDF) for free public use on their personal or institutional websites and/or in their institutional repository.

GAIA has a quick turnaround and minimizes time from submission to publication.

GAIA has a proven record of high-quality articles, a well-established international reviewer network, and a reputation of academic excellence.

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.

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

Articles in GAIA can be published in both English and German.


Transdisciplinary Environmental Research • Sustainability Science • Global Change • Research Integration and Implementation • Sustainable Energy Systems, "Energiewende"  • Transformation /Transition Research • Sustainability in Higher Education • Ecosystem Services • Socio-Ecological Systems • Environmental Governance • Environmental Policy • Environmental Planning • Natural Resources Management • Biodiversity • Land Use (Change) • Protected Areas


GAIA is indexed/abstracted in:
Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Science Citation Index, Current Contents - Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences, EBSCO, Scopus, GeoRef, CAB Abstracts, BIOSIS, CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), ULIDAT, Environment Index, SCImago, ProQuest, OCLC, Academic OneFile.

Articles in GAIA are published in both English and German.

GAIA is a quarterly publication.

Shipping Dates 2018:

Special Issue Real-world Labs: March 15
Issue 1/18: May 24
Issue 2/18: July 26
Issue 3/18: October 18
Issue 4/18: December 20

GAIA is an ancient Greek word for the Earth
GAIA: The word Gaîa touches on a myth that affected the beginning of philosophy and science. "Mother Earth" is a formula for bearing and conceiving, giving and taking, up and down. A guarantor of the cycle of life, Gaîa represents the foundation of the law that is preliminary to human dispositions.

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