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Submission Instructions

Please click here for the Consilience Author Submission Guidelines. Be sure to read thoroughly before submitting.

We accept scholarly articles, opinion pieces, field notes, and photo essays. Accepted pieces generally conform to many of these criteria:

  • Contribute in a fruitful and valuable manner to the field of sustainable development
  • Demonstrate creative thinking about a particular issue and its attendant challenges
  • Move beyond a simple restating of facts
  • Be accessible to a broad population interested in sustainable development and attempt to make linkages between different disciplines and areas of research and/or practice
  • Be thought-provoking
  • Be well-written. All pieces should progressively develop an argument throughout the piece and should follow a comprehensible and logical structure
  • Reflect the particular voice, ideas, and work of the writer
  • Propose solutions and remedies where appropriate; suggest further research possibilities
  • Offer one or more perspectives on a particular issue. Articles that are ideal for acceptance will be interdisciplinary by nature

Scholarly Articles

Scholarly articles are original, research-based articles that contribute new understandings or approaches to topics in sustainable development.  Such articles are thoroughly substantiated by existing research in order to introduce innovative findings; thus, articles contain numerous citations from scholarly sources.  Some authors may wish to include a concise literature review, although a specific literature review section is not required.  Authors should also include discussions of recommendations and implications of their findings.  Implications should be global in nature and not confined to specific case studies discussed in the article.  Given the rigor of the research, scholarly articles contain technical language and use of appropriate terminology.  Accompanying graphs, charts, and statistical analysis are often appropriate to include.  These types of articles typically run longer than opinion pieces, field notes, and photo essays.  Although Consilience does not designate a particular word or page limit, scholarly articles typically run between 12 and 18 pages, excluding bibliography and appendices.

Opinion Pieces

Opinion pieces are designed to offer compelling arguments regarding controversial topics in sustainable development, including attendant challenges, strengths and theories.  The main difference between opinion pieces and scholarly articles is that opinion pieces are less technically constructed, hence catering to the educated lay reader.  Opinion pieces are also typically shorter than scholarly articles, rarely exceeding 15 pages.  Authors may wish to include photographs and figures to illustrate their claims. 

Field Notes

A field note is a narrative that describes primary research conducted by the author(s).  Research may consist of interviews, observations, data collection, or post-field work reflections.  Fieldwork should generally provide a broader commentary on a topic or trend in sustainable development.  Research should build on existing information and should contribute new or supportive findings in order to provide an argument that considers previous research as well as future steps for further research.  The implications of the findings should be globalized so as to expand upon specific case studies.  Research should also be accompanied by appropriate statistical analysis. Authors may find it helpful to illustrate their findings through figures, graphs, and photographs.

Photo Essays

A photo essay is primarily a narrative that illustrates a topic in sustainable development through the lens of photographs.  The series of photos should introduce an issue then depict the problem, trend, or solution regarding that issue in sustainable development.  Photographs should be impactful and artfully convey information as well as emotions of affected communities.  Although all photo essays differ in structure, typical photo essays follow one of two progressions.  One progression narrates a story by depicting a phenomenon, organization, or individual over time.  Another progression concentrates on a particular subject, such as climate change, in order to demonstrate the consequences or lessons that can be learned from that subject.  Authors may either choose or combine structures of photo essays to best articulate their topic.  Additional elements that should be incorporated into an essay include: context, captions, and conclusions.  All photos should be taken by the author(s).  The following is a description of different types of photos found in photo essays:

  • Lead Photo: captures the reader’s attention and introduces the central idea of the essay
  • Landscape Photos: provide context for the narrative
  • Portraits: depict the subjects or figures featured in the essay
  • Detail Photos: convey additional information or emotional aspects in order to enhance the understanding of the topic
  • Clincher Photo: concludes the essay by implicating the reader 

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