Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How frequently is the JEI published?

 A: Regular issues are published semi-annually.
Additionally, the JEI publishes a variety of manuscript types on an “open submission” basis; if accepted, these manuscripts will be published independent of a regular issue. Those interested in contributing should submit their work to

Q: Will the JEI accept stand-alone submissions on an ad hoc basis?

 A: Yes.

Q: What types of submissions will the JEI consider?

 A: See Types of Manuscripts Sought.

Q: What does a subscription to the JEI cost?

 A: This journal provides open access to all its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author’s work.

Q: What topics are covered by the JEI?

 A: The JEI takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the intersection of environment and investing, since natural resource usage and stewardship affect all sectors of the economy as well as the international goals for sustainable development. We identify the following as salient topics for research and discussion:

  • Climate bonds
  • Carbon policy
  • Water quality and quantity
  • Air pollution
  • Waste management
  • Deforestation and land degradation
  • Chemical and toxic emissions
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Depletion of the ozone layer
  • Quality of fisheries and oceans
  • Energy supply
  • National security
  • Human development
  • Global changes in demographics
  • Public health
  • Poverty
  • Human rights
  • Labor rights
  • Sustainability
  • Divestment

The Journal explores these themes individually and relationally. In addition, the Journal has a special and timely interest in illuminating macro trends redefining the global investment sphere, such as the growing economic and industrial importance of emerging markets, or the continuing trends of resource scarcity and degradation.

Q: What constitutes environmental investing?

 A: The Journal defines environmental investing as market-based initiatives that attempt to solve the challenges and capture the opportunities arising from societal interest in limiting environmental damage while boosting economic returns. In general, a taxonomy of environmental investing would include these five major categories (often with substantial cross-over between categories):

  • Clean technologies (clean transportation, clean power, and energy storage and energy efficient technologies)
  • Sustainable property
  • Land use, agriculture, and forestry (including payment-for-ecosystem services)
  • Carbon and greenhouse gases
  • Water
  • Pollution (water and air quality, waste management)

Q: What is the approval process for submissions?

 The editorial staff reviews all submissions and links and, if necessary, calls upon expert third parties. This is not a formal peer-review process. However, the editorial team has final approval of all content.

Q: What is the peer-review process?

 A: The peer review process applies only to Research Manuscripts. The Editor-in-Chief makes an initial appraisal of each manuscript. If the topic and treatment seem potentially appropriate for the Journal, the manuscript is assigned to an associate (or subject-matter) editor who oversees the review process. Once the review process has been completed, the associate editor recommends acceptance, revision, or rejection of your manuscript. The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision.

The JEI has a “double blind” review process: authors are not told who reviewed their paper and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. After a decision is reached, a reviewer is free to contact the authors privately about the manuscript.

A decision on the manuscript generally may be expected within four (4) months of submission; delays in obtaining reviews may prolong this process. Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional high-quality, peer-review standards are applied to all research manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Environmental Investing.