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Introduces the Essex Student Journal: a diamond open access journal that publishes the work of undergraduate students at the University of Essex.

Essex Student Journal's special issue on sustainability

For the 2023-24 academic year, the Essex Student Journal is launching a special issue on the topic of sustainability. The Essex Student Journal publishes the work of undergraduate and masters students at Essex. By focusing on sustainability for our new special issue, we're providing an exciting opportunity for our students to get involved in the conversation surrounding sustainability, whilst also gaining an authentic experience of the publishing process.

For an idea of the kinds of topics that can be considered under the sustainability theme, take a look at the UN's Sustainable Development Goals below.

In order for this special issue to work, we'll also need peer reviewers who have knowledge of sustainability themes. All peer reviewers for the Essex Student Journal are current Postgraduate Researchers at Essex, so if you are a PGR student who is interested in playing your part in developing the conversations around sustainability, do sign up to be a peer reviewer. We also have further guidance available on what's involved with volunteering as a peer reviewer with the Essex Student Journal, and if you have any questions do get in touch.

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability is about much more than just the environment. The UN has created a list of 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompassing a wide range of areas to act "as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity."

With 17 broad areas to choose from, you will be able to find a conversation to which you can contribute. Here is a list of the SDGs with links to further information for each:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  1. Affordable and Clean Energy
  2. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  3. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  4. Reduced Inequalities
  5. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  6. Responsible Consumption and Production
  1. Climate Action
  2. Life Below Water
  3. Life On Land
  4. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  5. Partnerships for the Goal

There is also a video in the tab above introducing the topics.

Submitting to the Sustainability Special Issue

If you are interesting in contributing to the Essex Student Journal's special issue on sustainability, head to our submission page.

To get an idea of the kind of work we publish, you can take a look at our recent publications.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Student Journal Team via

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