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, opinion pieces, field notes, and photo essays. 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.
Consilience is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their articles.
Peer Review Process
As of the Spring 2021 issue, Consilience will introduce a double-blind peer review round to the review process. In order to assess that the submission aligns with the aim and scope of the journal, submissions will go through a preliminary screening process. Successful submissions will go through a double-blind peer review by appointed experts in the field chosen from our diverse pool of peer-reviewers. Once the submission is accepted, an editor from our editorial team will be assigned as the primary point of contact for the author and will perform stylistic and small-scale edits on the submission. The editor in chief will approve each submission for publication, followed by a final review of the entire issue by the Advisory Board prior to publication.
Consilience is seeking graduate/doctoral students and scholars willing to serve as peer reviewers for the upcoming Spring 2021 issue, if you are interested follow the instructions in our Call for Peer Reviewers.
Code of Ethics
Prospective author(s) represent that their submission is an original manuscript and is an unpublished work that is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism in whole or in part, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, will not be tolerated. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
- The reuse of exact wording or phrases of another published work
- The improper use of quotation marks
- A failure to attribute quoted texts and ideas to their original authors
- Using tables, data visualizations, illustrations and other elements without proper attribution
- Reusing one’s own previously published words or ideas without attribution
Issues of plagiarism will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the editorial board. In the event that the editors are notified of suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript or published article, the editors will follow guidelines suggested by the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Since 2017, Consilience is distributed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.
Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.