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Open Access Publications from the University of California


Who Can Submit

Empowering Sustainability International Journal generally publishes materials related to social, economic, and environmental sustainability written by practitioners and scholars. The editors reserve the right to determine the suitability of submissions. For additional information, please contact

Review Process

We conduct a double-blind review in which the identities of authors and reviewers are not disclosed. Each paper will be reviewed by two members of the editorial board or external reviewers who provide feedback and recommend the paper either to be published (with or without revision) or rejected. If opinions from the two reviewers are divergent, a third reviewer is added. We try to have each paper reviewed by both scholars and practitioners.

Author Review

Authors are asked to review PDFs created from their papers within 5 days of being sent the PDF. At this stage, we're unable to make any changes beyond the rare error that occurs in PDF conversion.

Revising Work

Once published, we are generally unable to revise manuscripts. If a significant error or omission is discovered, contact the administrator:


Once posted to a repository, a paper cannot generally be revised or removed. We feel it is important to provide perpetual access to materials published within eScholarship whenever possible and appropriate. However, we will remove publications under special circumstances, including in the case of submission errors, rights violations, or inappropriate content. Please be aware, however, that even after the removal of a text, a citation to the paper will remain in our system, along with a URL.

If you would like your work removed from eScholarship, please contact the administrator:

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting a paper to the repository, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. You retain the copyright to your paper and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material, meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere. All articles in Empowering Sustainability Online Journal are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. All articles published in the journal are subject to the journal’s author agreement, which is available in the first step of the submission process or by contacting us to request a copy.

Rights of Authors: Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works, unless the authors, as a condition of employment, have agreed to transfer copyright to their employer. However, authors grant to the journal the right to make available such content, in any format, in perpetuity. Authors may reproduce, in other contexts, content to which they possess the copyright, although in any subsequent publications the Empowering Sustainability International Journal should be acknowledged as the original publisher.

Rights of the Empowering Sustainability International Journal: This is an open access journal. It retains the non-exclusive right to make content available in any format (including being translated into other languages and published in edited volumes) in perpetuity. While authors may reproduce their work in other contexts, content published in the journal will not be removed from the website even if later published elsewhere. Authors must agree to the terms of publishing in the journal listed in the author agreement.