The University of Arizona

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Political Ecology is a peer reviewed journal (ISSN: 1073-0451), one of the longest standing, Gold Open Access journals in the social sciences. It began in 1994 and welcomes submissions in English, French and Spanish. We encourage research into the linkages between political economy and human environmental impacts across different locations and academic disciplines. The approach used in the journal is political ecology, not other fields, and authors should state clearly how their work contributes to, or extends, this approach. See, for example, the POLLEN network, or the ENTITLE blog.


Peer Review Process

Articles are double-blind refereed, which can take up to 3 months. but please realize we occasionally receive an article that is harder to review in a timely way. We are all volunteers, too.

Publication Ethics: i) Authorship means you contributed the the article in a substantive way. ii) Complaints and appeals go to the two editors, then to the Board if required, then to PESO. Note: we have not had a case since 1994.  iii) Conflicts of interest / competing interests should be specified in footnote 1 iv) As a social science journal, we do not require datasets to be submitted, unless the author wishes.  v) Ethical oversight: as in ii. vi) Intellectual property - see CC-BY copyright, which resides with authors.  and vii) Post-publication corrections are allowed but should be minimized, largely to factual issues. We do not publish these separately as errata. 

Publication malpractice: Previously copyrighted material will not be published unless there is permission. This includes work in translation (something we have done in a few cases with agreement in place). However, material with CC-BY or other forms of author copyright could be incorporated in an article, with permission from the holder, referenced,  and in discussion with the editors. 


Publication Frequency

Articles are added to the current issue when they become ready.


Open Access Policy

There are no charges for author submissions or publication. The journal 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.   For the philosophy behind this, see