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Environmental Values - Instructions for Authors

Environmental Values brings together contributions from philosophy, economics, politics, sociology, geography, anthropology, ecology and other disciplines, which relate to the present and future environment of human beings and other species. In doing so we aim to clarify the relationship between practical policy issues and more fundamental underlying principles or assumptions.

The journal provides a forum for original academic papers that are accessible to people from other disciplines, and also those who operate outside the academic community. To this end, contributors should avoid needless technicality. They should also bear in mind the requirements of an international readership when making reference to localised places or events.

Manuscripts should show engagement with on-going intellectual debates, and awareness of the current literature. Authors should especially make sure they are cognizant of papers published in recent issues of Environmental Values that are relevant to their topic. Authors should avoid excessive quotation from their own previous works: failure to do so can result in work being classified as self-plagiarism. All quotations from author’s own publications and from outside sources must be acknowledged and fully referenced.

Submissions must be original and not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. We aim to reach a decision on publication within three months of receipt of the submission.

Specific Guidance

  • File Format. Submissions must be uploaded to our online system in Microsoft Word or Word-compatible format.
  • Word Limit. Unless otherwise agreed, submissions should be no more than 8,000 words in length including references. Discussion articles (comments on published papers and author replies) should be no more than 4,000 words and book reviews no more than 1,500 words. Manuscripts of excessive length will not be considered.
  • Page Layout. A4, Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced. Include tables or figures at the end. Avoid excessive use of subheadings and text formatting for emphasis (underlining, bold, italics).
  • English. Manuscripts should be in English and be of an acceptable standard in that regard (if in doubt please have a native speaker read your manuscript prior to submission).
  • Anonymous Manuscript. To allow blind refereeing, please ensure that your manuscript is anonymous by removing your name and any self-identifying references.
  • Abstract. A summary of around 100–150 words, and a list of four or five ‘key words’ should be provided.



  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar should conform to British usage (-is not –iz; labour not labor).
  • Do not use the serial comma in lists: ‘red, white and blue’, not ‘red, white, and blue’.
  • Avoid use of Word styles.
  • Use double paragraph marks only to identify new sections or block quotations, not between normal paragraphs or references.
  • Make sure footnotes, if any, are 'live' with numbering 1, 2, 3... Footnote numbers should follow punctuation marks. Note that footnotes are required, not endnotes.


For identification purposes before layout:

First level: CAPS

Second level: italics (sentence case)

Third level: bold (sentence case)


  • Omit points after lower-case contractions containing last letter of singular and after plurals, e.g. Dr, St, Mt, Ltd; ed./eds; c. (circa); encl./encls (enclosure/s).
  • No points for capitalised abbreviations (e.g. UK, USA). In references, use two letter abbreviations for US states – NY, etc.
  • Small caps for BC, AD and BP
  • et al., Ibid. (Roman)
  • World War One
  • the nineteenth century, mid-nineteenth century
  • the south-east, South-east Asia
  • Italicise foreign words on first appearance.


  • Use words for small numbers up to twenty, except for exact measurements, cross-references and series of quantities. Where numbers in the same paragraph fall below and above twenty, use figures for both, e.g. ‘between the ages of 15 and 21’, not ‘fifteen and 21'. Round numbers above ten may be expressed in words when they are not part of a series. Try to avoid starting a sentence a number; if it is necessary, always spell the first word out. Figures must be used before abbreviations: 5 kg, 6%.
  • In series of numbers, use abbreviations such as % and km. Otherwise, except in notes, do not use abbreviations.
  • 0.301 cubic metres, 38 hectares, 28 degrees

    44 per cent (44% in notes), fourteen degrees

    £246, £1 10s, 5s 3d, A$256,300, US$10 million

    1 December 1946 (in text), 1 Dec. 1946 (in notes)

    1950s, the fifties

    number and date ranges should be given with an en dash (–) rather than a hyphen: 1900–1945; pp. 14–24

  • Use commas, not points, to break up large whole numbers – 91,000 ; 1,500,237 – and points, not commas to indicate decimals – 4.37 ; 25.4


  • Use single quotation marks; double for quotes within quotes.
  • Punctuation should be placed outside the closing quotation mark except where the quotation marks contain a complete sentence or more, or, as with a question mark or exclamation mark, where they are integral to the quotation.
  • Inset longer quotations do not need quotation marks.
  • Put spaces either side of ellipses … but do not enclose in brackets. No ellipses at beginning or end of quotations.


  • In text: Map 1, Figure 25, Chapter 2, Appendix 1, Volume 1, Note 1
  • In notes: fig. 1, vol. 1, n. 1, etc.

Illustrations and Tables

  • Submit as individual files via the online submission system. Files should be high resolution TIFFs or JPEGs (at least 300 dpi at the scale of printing). Illustrations can be reproduced in colour in the online version of the journal, but they must be intelligible as greyscale images for the print version.
  • Authors are responsible for ensuring that, where relevant, permission has been granted to use illustrative material and that appropriate credits are given in figure captions. Authors should request the White Horse Press Image Licence form from Sarah (sarah@whpress.co.uk) if using any non-public domain images. Any costs associated with use of copyright material are to be paid by the author.
  • Indicate the positions of all illustrative material in the article in square brackets: [insert … here]
  • Supply a caption for each figure, formatted as follows:

Figure 1. [title, originator]. Source: […] [full stop at end]

  • Tables and maps should be numbered separately; captions and sources should be given as for figures.


  • Bibliographic citations (author–date style) can appear in text or footnotes. These should include the author’s last name and the title or year of publication, and may include a page reference: (Aldred 2006: 142).
  • A separate list of references should be provided, in alphabetical order, listing ONLY titles cited in the text.

The following style should be employed:

Aldred, J. 2006. ‘Incommensurability and monetary valuation’. Land Economics 82(3): 141–161.

Martinez-Alier, J., G. Munda and J. O’Neill. 1998. ‘Weak comparability of values as a foundation for ecological economics’. Ecological Economics 26: 277–286.

Rolston III, H. 1989. Philosophy Gone Wild. Second edition. Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books.

Holland, A. 1997. ‘Substitutability: Why strong sustainability is weak and absurdly strong sustainability is not absurd’. In J. Foster (ed.), Valuing Nature? Economics, Ethics and Environment, pp. 119–134. London: Routledge.

James, C.P. 2006. A study of subsistence agriculture in the lower Nile Delta, 1875–1930. PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge.

Toulmin, C. 2013. ‘How Africa can solve its food crisis by growing more crops sustainably’. The Guardian, 18 April. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/apr/18/africa-food-crisis-growing-crops-sustainably(accessed 22 April 2020).

EPA 2000. Who Cares About the Environment? Sydney: Environmental Protection Authority. http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/community/whocares(accessed 16 October 2002).

De Jong, M. 1992. ‘Seasonality, itinerancy and domestic fluidity: The case of the nomadic sheep-shearers of the Karoo’. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Anthropology in Southern Africa. University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


  • Article titles should be given in sentence case; capitalise every important word for book and journal titles.
  • Use pp. for page ranges in books only.
  • Second and subsequent authors' names should appear in the order J. Smith, not Smith, J.
  • Do not abbreviate journal titles or publisher names.
  • Use unspaced initials separated by points (T.S. Eliot) for author first names.
  • Use (ed.) for a single editor, (eds) for plural.
  • Spell out acronyms (for example, see EPA 2000 above)
  • Entries in languages other than English should be entered with English transcription and/or translation following in brackets.


The reference list should include DOIs where available. These can be found by going to https://apps.crossref.org/simpleTextQuery; you can just paste in the reference list from the article; after about a minute it is displayed with all DOIs that they have been able to locate. It is normal for not all references to produce a DOI.

They should start on a new line and be formatted like this:


Abstract and Author Biography

A circa 100–150-word abstract should be given at the beginning, followed by around 5 keywords.

Following acceptance, author names, affiliations and email addresses should be given at the start, before the abstract.


Should be given as a separate paragraph at the end under the capitalised heading ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.


  • Authors and editors are, by general agreement, required to accept the rules governing biological nomenclature, as laid down in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, the International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteriaand the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.
  • All biotica (crops, plants, insects, birds, mammals, etc.) should be identified by their scientific names when the English term is first used, with the exception of common domestic animals.
  • All biocides and other organic compounds must be identified by their Geneva names when first used in the text. Active ingredients of all formulations should be likewise identified.
  • For chemical nomenclature, the conventions of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the official recommendations of the IUPAC IUB Combined Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature should be followed.


  • Articles must be original and must not have been published elsewhere, in part or in full.
  • Authors, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing an illustration or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that they are not infringing a copyright.
  • Although in general authors may quote from other published works, they should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if they wish to quote substantial extracts or reproduce tables, plates or other illustrations. If the copyright-holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author also be sought.
  • Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained.
  • A suitable acknowledgment of any borrowed material must always be made.
  • Articles may not be reproduced, whether in part or in full, without a written authorisation from the publishers. See the White Horse Press website for further information: http://www.whpress.co.uk/copyright.html
  • On publication, contributors will be sent a a pdf file of their article, from which they are free to print as many further copies as they require for personal use; they may not post this online.

For further guidance, see the Chicago Manual of Style.


EndnoteTo download an Endnote Stylesheet for Environmental Values Right-click (option-click or control-click on a Mac) the link and choose ‘Save Link As...’

Copyright and Future Use. The editors reserve the right to make alterations which do not involve any change of meaning. Contributors are expected to assign copyright to the publisher; though they remain free to use material in subsequent publications written or edited by themselves provided Environmental Values is acknowledged as the original place of publication. Contributors will be sent a complimentary e-copy of the journal, as well as a pdf file of their article which can be used to make as many further copies as they require.

Please use our online submission system to upload and track the progress of your submission. In case of difficulty, enquiries should be addressed to
Sarah Johnson, White Horse Press

The Old Vicarage, Winwick
Cambridgeshire, PE28 5PN, UK
Tel: +44 1832 293222