About the Journal


Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development is an online journal dedicated to promoting dialogue on sustainable development by bringing students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other through an online, academically rigorous medium. As a multidisciplinary academic journal, our name is inspired by American biologist E.O. Wilson's eponymous text, which proposes ways in which to unite the sciences with the humanities. 

Focus and Scope 

Consilience publishes a range of academic material including scholarly articles and opinion pieces. By providing a public platform for discussion, we hope to encourage a global community to think more broadly, thoroughly, and analytically about sustainable development.  The journal is run by a team of undergraduate and graduate students, under the guidance of faculty from Columbia University in the City of New York. Consilience draws submissions from across five continents. We have published or are currently editing submissions from:

  • Europe – Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Asia – China, India, Malaysia, Palestine, Philippines
  • Africa – Burkina Faso, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda
  • Oceania – Australia, New Zealand
  • Latin America – Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela
  • United States of America

Typically, more than 50% of our submissions are from outside the USA.


Open Access Policy 

Consilience provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and, as of 2015, agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons “Attribution” license. Articles published prior to 2015 are licensed with a Creative Commons “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No-Derivatives” license. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org

Review Process

All submissions will go through a rigorous review process by a team of editors drawn from a variety of disciplines, although one editor will be assigned as the primary contact point for the author.  Submissions will be edited for style and content.  There are two main rounds of editing, the first focusing on structural and content issues, the second on stylistic and small-scale issues. Please note that Consilience is entirely student-run, and as such, the content is not peer reviewed but edited by undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia University, with input from faculty advisors.