Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Visions for Sustainability is published by the Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Sustainability (IRIS),

founded by the University of Torino and the University of Brescia in collaboration with the University of

the Valle d’Aosta. The members of the editorial board are researchers from various backgrounds

(including natural sciences, economics, pedagogy, sociology, psychology, linguistics and engineering),

as well as being professionals working in many different fields and committed citizens, all keenly

interested in the problems of sustainability. Our aim is to facilitate the communication and exchange of

the outcomes of ideas, discussions and research studies within this field and also create as yet largely

unexplored links between all areas of human activity and enquiry and the concept of sustainability


Like an increasing number of academic journals that propose going across traditional disciplinary

boundaries, we hope we can add a further space for this form of reciprocal exchange, and be able to

host and give equal status to reflexive theory and practice, empirical research, testimonies and personal

experiences. Our commitment is to ensure that the variety of the contributions be characterized by how

authors make explicit the values underlying the visions expressed.

The journal is intended for anyone interested in constructing interdisciplinary bridges or launching

transdisciplinary enterprises that analyze and contribute to a deeper understanding of the complex and

multiple human dimensions of the relationship between environmental, social and economic changes

and the concept of sustainability. Our focus is on examining relationships between paradigms and

policies, people and praxes, on creating levels of awareness that enable going beyond current

approaches, emphasizing the importance of human will as well as ability, empowering human beings to

generate, share and use information as members of networks of knowledge creators and actors in their

own right.


Fields, issues and interactions

The structure of Visions for Sustainability is based on the following four broad and necessarily

overlapping fields, each of which makes reference to various disciplines, but which at the same time all

require inter- and trans- disciplinary perspectives. Each field is intended as an area within which to

identify as wide a range as possible of issues deriving from particular visions of sustainability. The

following list contains examples of some of the issues that will be dealt with and new issues will

constantly be added.

Earth life support systems: ecosystem services, natural resource consumption, climate change, water

management, waste management, bio-geological equilibrium and ecological decay, geo-heritage, geo-ethics,

ecological indicators, sustainability assessment methods,...

Economy and technology: globalized industrialization and global products, electronic wastes and

pollution, ecological economics and green growth, techno-dependency, sustainable production systems

and sustainable consumption, green construction, …

Social processes and structures: urbanization and sustainable urban planning, climate governance,

healthcare, educational processes, migrant flows, international cooperation, sustainable transformation

of conflicts, environmental education,…

Human and social sciences: sustainable language and knowledge, art and sustainability, psychology of the

profound, silence and sustainability, gender and sustainability, local knowledge and ecological

consciousness, genuine progress indices and human development, futures studies…

As fields and issues develop and overlap, this process will enable previously unseen outcomes to

emerge from the interactions between different perspectives for sustainability.


Papers and perspectives

Visions for Sustainability publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that deal with various aspects of the

issues identified. Each paper will be numbered and occasionally collections of papers will be published

as special issues. We welcome all proposals for contributions pertaining to the aims and scope of the

journal and developing issues within one or more of four complementary perspectives:

· theoretical visions, dealing with a wide range of perspectives on the concept of sustainability;

· research visions, dealing with analyses of situations involving questions of sustainability;

· educational visions, dealing with ways of considering issues concerning sustainability within

educational processes and systems;

· experiential visions, dealing with ways of living that are coherent with the values and ideas that

underlie sustainability.

Critical review articles are also welcome, as are reviews of books, films and web sites related to topics

and issues of relevance to sustainability studies.


Section Policies


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Original Papers

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Visions Reviewed

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No. 8 (2017 - in press)

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Editorial Policy

Editorial policy

Visions for Sustainability is published in electronic format at the website http://www.ojs.unito.it/index.php/visionsin open access framework with the ISSN 2384-8677. It publishes a steady flow of stand-alone papers, with specific DOI and therefore completely quotable. Occasional special collections are published with papers dealing with the same issue in order to promote discussion around one or more specific visions for sustainability. 

English is the sole language used for full papersbut one or more summaries in the original languages of the authors may be published. These summaries are strongly encouraged in order to maintain a link with the original context of the paper.They will not be reviewed by the editorial group and can be added after the communication of acceptance. 


Paper Selection and Publication Process

The publication process follows the standard procedure adopted by academic, peer-reviewed journals.

1.On receipt of a manuscript, the Editor sends an e-mail of confirmation to the corresponding author within 5 working days. If you fail to receive this confirmation, please contact the Editor immediately.

2. Peer review. The paper will be peer-reviewed by three experts: a member of the editorial board and two external reviewers. The editors guarantee a review process to be completed within 6 weeks.

3. Notification of the outcome of the review and any request for revision are sent by e-mail.

4. The authors revise the paper and submit the final version. Editors guarantee that the accepted version will be published online as “in press” within 3 weeks after the submission of the final version. The versions defined as “in press” will have their specific DOI and they can thus be used for references before final publication.

5. An e-journal version in PDF is available for download free of charge on the journal’s webpage.


Peer review process

The quality of the peer review process is of upmost importance forVisions for Sustainability. In this respect, since double-blind and single-blind review protocols have failed to ensure an objective evaluation of papers[1],[2],[3], an open review process has been adopted. Reviewers know the identity of authors and vice versa, and in this way they can engage in constructive dialogues for improving the quality of the paper within a framework of trust and respect. These dialogues can be highly enriching for both authors and reviewers, and discussions concerning a submitted manuscript may be collected and published as commentaries or extra materials and published online with the name of the different participants involved. Experiences with open peer review2 suggest that both the credit and the accountability for peer reviewing would increase.

The final decision about publication of the manuscript and/or the commentaries will always rest with the editorial board as will theoption to request the publishing of commentaries.



[1]Editorial: Working double-blind. Nature 451 (7179): 605–6. February 2008. doi:10.1038/451605b. PMID 18256621.

[2]Van Rooyen S, Godlee F, Smith R, Evans S, Black N. The effect of blinding and masking on the quality of peer review: a randomized trial. JAMA 1998;280:234­7

[3]McNutt RA, Evans AT, Fletcher RH, Fletcher SW. The effects of blinding on the quality of peer review.JAMA 1990;263:1371­6.