Journals for publishing

There are many journals in which one can publish Trade & Environment related material. Below is a list of suggestions that may be helpful. Notes have been added for publication frequency, which may be especially relevant for time-sensitive material.

Global Environmental Politics
Note: Quarterly, Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

Global Environmental Change: Human and Policy Dimensions
Note: Quarterly

International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
Note: Quarterly.

Journal of International Trade Law and Policy
Note: Triannual.

Journal of World Trade
Note: Bimonthly. Widely regarded as one of the ‘gold standards’ for int. trade journals.

World Trade Review
Note: Quarterly, Cambridge University.

International Theory Journal
Note: Triannual, Cambridge University.

Manchester Journal of International Economic Law
Note: Triannual, University of Manchester.

Carbon and Climate Law Review
Note: Quarterly.

The Journal of Environment and Development
Note: Quarterly.

Environment, Development and Sustainability
Note: Bi-monthly.

International Organization Journal
Note: Quarterly, University of Toronto.

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability
Note: Submissions linked to conferences.

Sustainable Development Law and Policy
Note: Quarterly, American University.

The International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy
Note: Biannually, McGill University.

Bi-weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper/debate forum.

European Energy and Environmental Law Review
Note: Bi-monthly.

Environmental and Resource Economics
Note: Quarterly.

Journal of environmental economics and management
Note: Bi-monthly.

Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review
Note: Biannually.

The International Trade Journal
Note: 5 issues per year, Texas A&M International University.

Journal of International Economic Law
Note: Quarterly, Oxford University.

Europe’s World
Note: Debate publication, print and online.

Stanford Environmental Law Journal
Note: Biannually.

Journal of Environmental Law
Note: Triannual, Oxford University.

Environmental Law Review
Note: Biannual, Harvard University.

NYU Environmental Law Journal
Note: Triannual, New York University.

Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
Note: Biannually, Columbia University.

Georgetown International Environmental Law Review
Note: Quarterly, Georgetown University.

Environmental Law (Journal)
Note: Quarterly, Lewis & Clark University.

Pace Environmental Law Review
Note: Triannual

Environmental Policy and Governance
Note: Bimonthly.


Some helpful tips on navigating journals and publishing:

Especially for younger professionals, academics and writers, navigating the jungle of journals can be bewildering at first. Here are some tips that I hope will prove helpful:

1. Read instructions carefully
These differ a great deal between journals and can include make-or-break requirements for your work. Something to watch out for especially is the ability to edit your written content after being accepted for publication. For many of the quarterly or triannual publications, you will often get an opportunity to go through your own work again after an initial editing. If you take “chances” in some of your conclusions, this opportunity can be very helpful indeed. Contrariwise for the journals with quicker publications, when you hit send that may be the last you see of it before it goes up. Be aware of the nature of your own material.

2. Let content lead you, not length requirements
Length requirements, in practice, tend to be less ironclad than instructions will have you think. Within reason, don’t fret too much about your writing not conforming exactly to the suggested length requirement. Articles that overshoot are not uncommon. My only caveat is of course that if you can make something 15 pages, don’t make it 30. Nobody likes to read muddled and meandering material. Unclear writing means unclear thinking.

3. Understand your research approach clearly
Know where you are “coming from” when writing. This one is especially relevant for anyone who writes synergistic material that straddles several fields. Base your submissions as much on your primary research approach as on the areas touched upon by those approaches i.e. legal technical, economic etc. Often, one will end up with a mix of course.

4. As a rule, choose specificity over prestige
Be guided by content first and foremost when choosing a journal. Most journals have a clear idea on what type of material they want to promote. Make life easier for both them and yourself by spending some time to find a good match between your work and the journal. Avoid pushing circles into squares by getting too caught up in the status and ranking games.


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