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Environmental Research: Food Systems

About Environmental Research: Food Systems

“The health and well-being of both people and the planet requires environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable food systems. As the world faces a changing climate, a growing and increasingly affluent population, and widespread food insecurity, the need for innovative transdisciplinary food systems research is greater than ever. From production to consumption and local to global, Environmental Research: Food Systems is a home for rigorous, open access science that can promote innovation, inform policy and practice, and foster transformative change for a sustainable and food secure future.”

Nathan Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, Colorado State University, USA


Environmental Research: Food Systems is a multidisciplinary, open access journal devoted to addressing the science of sustainable food systems in a way that bridges efforts relating to global change, resilience, mitigation, adaptation, security and solutions in the broadest sense. All research methodologies and scales of analysis are encouraged; topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Agricultural production systems
  • Blue food production systems – aquaculture and fisheries
  • Food supply chains and trade
  • Food waste and postharvest losses
  • Agriculture and food technology
  • Food safety and biosecurity
  • Climate change impacts, mitigation, and adaptation
  • Land use, biodiversity, and ecosystem services
  • Soil and water management
  • Livelihoods and food security
  • Food governance, policy, and economics
  • Nutrition and dietary change

Environmental Research: Food Systems is looking to appeal to research scientists, economists, engineers, and social scientists working towards a sustainable, socially and economically robust, global food system that meets the demands of a growing world population. Articles that consider the whole “system” are particularly welcome.

Why should you publish in Environmental Research: Food Systems?

  • Broad multidisciplinary scope: A broad scope that brings together all communities working towards a sustainable, socially and economically robust, global food system that meets the demands of a growing world population.
  • Open access: All articles are published under a CC BY licence, enabling immediate and perpetual access, and permitting the widest possible dissemination and reuse of content. IOP Publishing is currently covering all article publication charges, so the journal is free for both authors and readers.
  • High quality standards: With strict editorial criteria aimed at publishing only work that makes a major advance in a specialist field.
  • High quality peer review: Adopting the same high level of service as Environmental Research Letters (including Transparent Peer Review), all articles are rigorously peer reviewed by IOP Publishing’s global network of expert referees, supported by the journal’s diverse and prestigious Editorial Board.
  • Fast publication: Committed to providing a fast, professional service to ensure rapid first decision and publication. Once accepted, articles will be accessible to readers within 24 hours with a citable DOI.
  • Article flexibility: A comprehensive range of article classifications aimed at serving and representing a broad audience extending to academia, industry, and government.
  • Pre-print friendly: Authors are encouraged to post on community pre-print platforms.
  • Data and code: Inclusion of relevant citable datasets and programmable code are welcomed in line with IOP Publishing’s data availability policy.
  • Society owned: IOP Publishing is a leading society publisher and profits generated are invested in the Institute of Physics, helping to support science research, education, and outreach around the world.

Article types

Environmental Research: Food Systems welcomes submissions of the following article types:

  • Papers: articles of unlimited length that report quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field.
  • Letters: outstanding concise articles, reporting important, new and timely developments. These articles should be deserving of priority review, and you are required to upload a justification statement along with your submission. As a guide, Letters should not generally be more than eight journal pages (or around 4500 words) in length.
  • Topical Reviews: written by leading researchers in their fields, these articles present the background to and overview of a particular field, and the current state of the art. Topical review articles are normally invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Roadmaps: broad, multi-author reviews in which leaders in the field discuss the latest developments and future research directions.
  • Perspectives: commentaries on the impact of previously published work, or authoritative discussions on the future direction of a field, that are of notable interest to the community.
  • Comments and Replies: comments on, or criticisms of, work previously published in the journal. The authors of the original article will be invited to submit a reply.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Environmental Research: Food Systems, using the ANSI/NISO Standard Terminology for Peer Review:

  • Identity transparency: single-anonymous, double-anonymous (author choice)
  • Reviewer interacts with: Editor
  • Review information published: review reports (author and reviewer opt in), author/editor communication, reviewer identities (reviewer opt in)

Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process as well as checklists in both English and Chinese language to help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission.

If an article is not accepted for publication, we may offer the author the opportunity to transfer their submission to other suitable journals we publish.

Inclusivity and diversity

IOP Publishing recognises that there are inequalities within the scientific publishing and research ecosystems. We are committed to a progressive approach to inclusivity and diversity, and are working hard to eliminate discrimination to foster an equitable and welcoming publishing environment for all.

IOP Publishing follows Guidelines on Inclusive Language and Images in Scholarly Communication to ensure that journal articles use bias-free and culturally sensitive communication. We ask authors to please follow these guidelines in their manuscript submissions.

More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.


Environmental Research: Food Systems maintains the highest standards of publication and research ethics and is a member of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE). Authors are expected to comply with IOP Publishing’s Ethical Policy.

Research data

Environmental Research: Food Systems has adopted IOP Publishing’s research data policy. Please check that your article complies with the policy before submission.

Please note that this policy requires authors to include a data availability statement in their article.

For any questions about the policy please contact the journal.

Many research funders now require authors to make all data related to their research available in an online repository. Please refer to the policy for further information about research data, data repositories and data citation.

Open access

Environmental Research: Food Systems is a fully open access journal. Articles are published under a CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence. Articles are freely available to everyone to read and reuse immediately upon publication, provided attribution to the author is given. Publication is funded by article publication charges (APCs).

For more information on IOP Publishing’s open access policies please see our Open access page.

Publication charges

Environmental Research: Food Systems has no subscription charges and the costs of publication are fully funded by article publication charges (APC).

As part of our commitment to open science, IOP Publishing is currently paying the article publication charge (APC) for all articles published in the journal. The list prices shown below will not be charged if your article is accepted for publication.

Article publication charge* £1775 €2040 $2395
Reduced article publication charge* for Group B countries** £500 €575 $675
Reduced article publication charge for Group A countries** £0 €0 $0

*excluding VAT where applicable

**eligibility criteria can be found here

APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.

There are no other charges for publishing in Environmental Research: Food Systems.

Paying for open access

Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page for further details.

Note that corresponding authors who are members of the Institute of Physics are entitled to a 25% discount on the APC.

Abstracting and indexing services

We work with our authors to help make their work as easy to discover as possible. Environmental Research: Food Systems is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:

  • CNKI
  • ExLibris/ProQuest
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
  • R Discovery
  • ReadCube/Digital Science
  • Scilit
  • Scite
  • Wanfang Data
  • xmol

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