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Author Guidelines

Style sheet and copyright

Journal of Political Ecology 2019

 In order to bring some consistency to the JPE style, here are some simple guidelines applying to articles published in JPE.

 Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be made in Word or compatible program to the journal website, which you are on. We take articles in English, French or Spanish, although the majoiry are in English. This required authors to register first.  If graphics are very large, enclose them separately. All graphics should be of publication quality. Maps and photos, to illustrate fieldwork locations and so-on, are encouraged – this is an online journal.

JPE has no arbitrary length limits, but average article length is between 8,000 and 12,000 words including references. Exceptionally long submissions will need to be even more significant to the field than shorter ones. Articles are double-blind refereed, which usually takes at least 3 months, but bear with us. Authors will receive reviewers' comments back through the journal website via email, usually with an editorial comment.

We have many submissions to the Journal that do not contribute, to, or mention, political ecology. Political ecology sources are sometimes absent from a bibliography. Articles need to show a contribution to this interdisciplinary field of scholarly work; political ecology. All articles should do so, otherwise we will suggest publication elsewhere.

For preparing the final version after refereeing:

The Journal is produced on a voluntary basis, with no funding, by academics who take time out of their working week. Therefore, submitting your final version as close as possible to house style will help swift publication. We have no automated formatting – all is done by hand using Word and PDF.

Title: centralized, 16 pt.

Abstract and key words are needed at the beginning (eventually in three languages-do what you can, then we will help)

Peculiarities (we appreciate some help in laying up the final version, to enable quicker publication)

• Select American sized paper (Letter, 81/2 x 11inches) not A4

• American English is used. E.g. "Marginalized" not "Marginalised", "Labor" not "Labour"

• Final text is Times Roman 10 point, 3cm side margins. Vertical line spacing is exactly 12 pt for text, while footnotes are exactly 10pt. Select 2pt 'above' the paragraph.

• Text is right and left justified. Paragraphs have a 1cm indent on the first line.

• Use straight quote marks not curly. i.e. " ' . We can do this of course; hard to find this feature in Word. 

et al. is italicized and presented like that.

• replace reference to this 'paper' or essay with 'article'

• Species names are underlined "Santalum sp., dominated by Santalum album in Timor"

• Local names and in other languages are italicized "West Timorese still refer to sandalwood as hau lasi (tree of conflict or dispute)"

• Section headings are numbered in 12 point and lower case. E.g. 4. Background to the study. Subheadings Are in 10 pt italics, not numbered. We don't like sub-sub headings –  they are usually unnecessary.

• Currency: US$10,000. US dollar eqvts. in brackets when using other currencies. Weights and measures: metric please, or metric equivalents in brackets. The world rarely understands US measures like 'quarts', 'miles' and 'acre feet'.

• In Word, make the first page a separate 'section' without headers and footers displayed. Headers and footers on subsequent page run as follows;



Bloggs                                                                   The political ecology of rice



Journal of Political Ecology                         Vol.20, 2013                    2


References in text – usually given at end of sentence, and in alphabetical order e.g. (West and Brockington 2006). (Freedman 2002; Klooster 2000)

 note - no commas needed

Reference list style (note lower case always, and indents of 1cm).

Please do your best to use this format – the editors frequently spend hours revising and checking reference lists. They have to be correct because the data is used by Google Scholar and Scopus for indexing and citation analysis. We don't use Endnote, so its features need to be turned off. If references have stable online links, on a journal or personal site that may last a few years, please add them.


(fixed urls for online journals) Agrawal, A. and K. Redford. 2009. Conservation and displacement: an overview. Conservation and Society 7: 1-10.

Ambinakudige, S. 2006. Differential impacts of commodification of agriculture in the Western Ghats of India: an extended environmental entitlement analysis. Ph.D. dissertation. Tallahassee, FL: Florida State University.

Grodzinska-Jurczak, M. and J. Cent. 2011. Expansion of nature conservation areas: problems with Natura 2000 implementation in Poland. Environmental Management 47(1): 11-27.

Bawa, K.S., J. Gladwin and S. Setty. 2007. Poverty, biodiversity and institutions in forest-agriculture ecotones in the Western Ghats and Eastern Himalaya ranges of India. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 121(3): 287-295.   [note where the initals go] 

Glaser, B. and A. Strauss. 1967. The discovery of grounded theory. Chicago: Aldine.

Singh, K.S. 1994. The scheduled tribes. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Lowood, H. 1990. The calculating forester: quantification, cameral science, and the emergence of scientific forestry management in Germany. In Frängsmyr T., J.L. Heilbron and R.E. Rider (eds.). The quantifying spirit in the Eighteenth century. Berkeley: University of California Press.

UNFCCC. 2010. Clean Development Mechanism Projects Website. [accessed March 12 2010].

Footnotes – we prefer there to only be one footnote to a sentence. Footnote 1 will be your affiliation and acknowledgements when the final version is published.




Copyright Notice

Submissions must be the author's(s') original work and not previously published. An article based on a section from a completed graduate dissertation may be published in JPE, but only if this is allowed by your university rules.

Journal of Political Ecology (JPE) operates a CC-BY © license for journal articles. Copyright remains with the author, but JPE is licensed to publish the paper, and the author agrees to make the article available with the CC-BY license. This operates from 2014; prior to this, authors assigned JPE the copyright for material they publish in JPE, but JPE granted its authors a license as the original source.

This means that authors can include their JPE articles in dissertations and in edited books later (with full citation to the original JPE article). Reproduction as another journal article in whole or in part, unacknowledged, would be plagiarism.

JPE reserves all rights except those granted in this copyright notice.

See previous Journal articles for formatting. SB, May 11, 2018



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