Peer-review process

The International Journal of Environmental Science and Sustainable Development (ESSD) employs a double-blind peer review process which dictates that authors do not know who their reviewers are, and the reviewers do not know who the authors are. To further understand ESSD’s peer-review and publication process, please refer to the flowchart below.

Peer Review Policy flowchart

Submitting your manuscript for double-blind peer-review

  1. Cover/title page

    The author should make sure to submit their manuscript with a cover/title page that includes the title, name(s), affiliation(s), contact information and addresses, and conflict of interest statement. This page will NOT be sent to the reviewers. The authors should also be sure to exclude any personal information from the manuscript itself.

  2. Anonymizing your manuscript

    Authors should make sure to avoid referencing themselves in the first person. Use in text citations like those of any other sources. Authors should also avoid referencing figures and/or tables as “Author’s own”, please do so by referencing your work using the third person.

Initial check by the Managing Editor

As soon as the author submits his/her manuscript, the journal’s Managing Editor undergoes an initial check comprised of:

  1. Plagiarism check using ithenticate
  2. Checking if the paper fits the focus and scope of the journal

If the manuscript passes the previous phases, the Managing Editor then sends it to the Editor in Chief for approval. Once the Editor in Chief accepts the submission, it is sent to the editor.

Editor assigns reviewers

In this phase, the editor assigns the anonymized paper to 3 reviewers. Only 2 of the reviewers are needed to either accept the submission or accept the submission after further revisions. If further revisions are needed, the editor will communicate the reviewers’comments to the author and require the author to send a final edited version of the paper and a version with the edits highlighted in yellow. The edited documents are sent to the reviewers once again for final approval. Once the reviewer ensures that the paper is now accepted, the editor recommends that the paper be accepted and sends the final paper to the managing editor.

Managing Editor’s final check

If the managing editor finds that the paper is still not prepared for publication, the manuscript is sent back to the editor. If the managing editor accepts the paper, it is forwarded to the Editor in Chief.


Once the Editor in Chief accepts the submissions, it is sent to the production team to be language edited, formatted, and structured.