About the journal
“Infrastructure is one of the most obvious manifestations of humankind’s physical footprint on Earth. Studies of infrastructure’s life cycles are key to putting us on the optimal path to a sustainable future in which environmental, economic, and societal aspects are jointly used in decision making. It is a daunting task given how vast infrastructure systems are – and how intractable the challenges seem. Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability has been created as a central open access depository of such knowledge so that we have a chance to succeed.”
Arpad Horvath, Editor-in-Chief, University of California, Berkeley
Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability (ERIS) is a multidisciplinary journal devoted to addressing important challenges relevant to every aspect of infrastructure and associated systems at all scales and in all geographic settings, and sustainability and resilience in their broadest sense, encompassing environmental, economic, and social factors. All research methodologies are encouraged comprehensively covering qualitative, quantitative, experimental, theoretical and applied approaches.
With infrastructure and sustainability underpinning many of the most significant societal challenges, ERIS brings together communities extending across environmental research, engineering, the social sciences and humanities as well as policy influencers (within academia, government, industry and the civic sphere) dedicated to seeking innovative solutions to these issues. The journal covers infrastructure from broad and inclusive perspectives at global, regional, national and local scales, including current and emerging issues to wherever humanity’s influence extends, from single products to networked systems.
ERIS publishes studies on the development, planning, design, production, use, maintenance, revitalization, and end of life phases of infrastructure and associated systems relevant, but not limited, to:
- Urban infrastructure systems;
- Resilience and the built environment;
- Socio-economic structures and physical infrastructure;
- Buildings and structures;
- Energy systems;
- Transportation systems;
- Water, stormwater, and wastewater systems;
- Digital infrastructure;
- AI and virtual domains for urban infrastructure and sustainable development;
- New and emerging technologies relating to infrastructure, resilience, and sustainable development;
- Construction materials and processes;
- Economics, behaviour, sociology, geography and policy as they relate to sustainability.
- Infrastructure policy for sustainable development;
- Carbon capture and storage;
- End of life management;
- Net-zero systems;
- Circular economy;
- Infrastructure systems that support manufacturing;
- Sustainable consumption;
- Capital goods in production systems;
- Land use and natural resource management in the service of infrastructure.
- Human health and well-being
Why publish in Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability?
- Multidisciplinary scope: Uniquely bringing together all communities working on important challenges relating to infrastructure and sustainability at all scales and in all geographical settings.
- Open access: All articles are published under a CC BY licence, providing immediate and perpetual access, and ensuring the widest possible dissemination and visibility for authors and their work. IOP Publishing is currently covering all article publication charges so the journal is free for both authors and readers.
- 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 Editorial Board.
- Fast publication: We are committed to providing authors with a fast, professional service to ensure rapid first decision, acceptance and publication. Once accepted, your article will be accessible to readers within 24 hours (with a citable DOI).
- Pre-print friendly: Authors are encouraged to post on community pre-print platforms.
- Data and code: Research published in Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability can include citable datasets and programmable code.
- 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.
Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability welcomes submissions of the following article types:
- Papers: articles that report quality original research with conclusions representing a significant advance in the field, not normally more than 10000 words long.
- 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 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.
- 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. Typically written from a personal standpoint, and not normally more than 2000 words in length.
Our Publishing Support website provides more information on our reviewing process.
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. This process is explained in more detail on our Publishing Support website.
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.
More information about our work on inclusivity is available on our Open Physics hub.
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.
To find out more about open access at IOP Publishing please visit our open access page.
Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability is an open access journal. Publication is fully funded by article publication charges (APC).
As part of our commitment to open science, IOP Publishing is covering the APC for all articles submitted to the journal until the end of 2022.
From 2023 the following APC will apply:
|Article publication charge*||₤1775||€2040||$2395|
*excluding VAT where applicable
APCs only apply to articles accepted for publication; there are no submission charges.
There are no other charges for publishing in Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability.
Paying for open access
Various discounts, waivers and funding arrangements are available to support our authors. Visit our Paying for open access page to find out whether you qualify.
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: Infrastructure and Sustainability is currently included in the following abstracting and discovery services:
- Baidu Scholar
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- NASA Astrophysics Data System
- Naver Academic
- Semantic Scholar
- Wanfang Data
Articles published in Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability will be available in more indexing services and databases when appropriate.