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Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability

About Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability

“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 reviewers, 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.

Article types

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.

Peer review

The following summary describes the peer review process for Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability, 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: Infrastructure and Sustainability 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: Infrastructure and Sustainability 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: Infrastructure and Sustainability 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: Infrastructure and Sustainability has no subscription charges and the costs of publication are fully funded by article publication charges (APCs).

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: 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 for further details.

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
  • CNKI
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Inspec
  • J-Gate
  • JST
  • MyScienceWork
  • NASA Astrophysics Data System
  • Naver Academic
  • Scilit
  • Scite
  • Scopus
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Wanfang Data
  • Web of Science via Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • x-mol

Articles published in Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability will be available in more indexing services and databases when appropriate.

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