An open access, peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal exploring all aspects of the relationship between human numbers and environmental issues.

Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines for papers submitted for peer review


The aim of the journal is to provide an open access forum for interdisciplinary discussion on all aspects of the relationship between human numbers and their impact on the environment. Given the target audience embraces a broad spectrum of academic disciplines as well as non-academics with an interest in population and environmental issues, papers should aim to be as transparent as possible and avoid needless technicality. We are interested in original research papers, articles summarising a body of previously published research, discussion papers addressing general issues in the field, and book reviews. The JP&S is an open-access publication. There are no submission fees. All articles published by JP&S are made immediately available worldwide on our website ( under a Creative Commons CC BY Attribution Licence which grants authors the most extensive rights including full unrestricted copyright and unrestricted publication rights.


  • File Format: Submissions must be emailed in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format.
  • Word Limit (including notes and bibliography): Unless otherwise agreed, original research papers and research summaries should be no more than 8000 words in length, discussion articles no more than 5000 words and book reviews no more than 1500 words.
  • Page Layout and Style: A4, font Calibri 12pt. Double-spaced. Use double speech marks (“) for quotations. For quotations longer than three lines use an indented single line spaced paragraph (no indent for first line). All pages must be numbered. Any tables or figures should be sent as separate files.
  • Anonymous Manuscript: To allow blind refereeing, please ensure that your manuscript is anonymous by removing your name and any self-identifying references.
  • Title Page: Manuscripts should be preceded by a title page which includes a full list of authors and their affiliations, as well as the corresponding author’s email address.
  • Abstract: A summary of around 100 words, and a list of four or five ‘key words’ should be provided.
  • Footnotes, if any, should be numbered consecutively through the text.
  • Bibliographic citations should follow in-text Harvard style with full bibliography at the end of the manuscript.
    • Please pay particular attention to reference formatting as papers that do not follow this format will be returned for revision.
    • IMPORTANT: Please do not use citation management software – documents using citation management will be returned.
    • References must be accurate and complete. Entries in the bibliography should conform to the following style:

Boulding, K.E., 1965. The meaning of the twentieth century: the great transition. London: George Allen & Unwin.

Conly, S., 2016. One child: do we have a right to more? The Journal of Population and Sustainability, 1 (1), pp.27–34.

Electronic journal articles also available as printed documents (i.e. the citation includes page numbers) may be referenced as above. For articles that have DOIs cite as per the following example:

Seto, K.C., 2011. A meta-analysis of global urban land expansion. PLoS ONE, [e-journal] 6, e23777. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023777.

For other documents available on the Internet please follow Anglia Ruskin University’s comprehensive citation guide

  • For further information please write to the editor: